Monday, February 24, 2014

Ragnarok ~ Another Apocalypse Fail for Doomsayers

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From the Daily Mail UK
Danielle Daglan from the Norvik Viking Centre told MailOnline that a number of recent events spoken about in the legends of Ragnarok led them to believe that the end of the world may well be imminent.

. . . Viking tradition also believes that a vast winter will appear before the apocalypse.
‘There are predictions that we are heading into a mini-ice age thanks to a fall in solar flare activity - what is a mini-ice age but several winters rolled into one?’ said Ms Daglan.
Another part of the legend claims that the Midgard Serpent, named Jormungand, shall free itself from its tail and rise up from the ocean.
Ms Dagland points to the two huge fish which appeared on a beach in California last month. The giant oarfish were dead when they washed up on land, and some scientists believe they came ashore to die because they are ‘in distress’.
‘Traditionally, the Viking festival of Jolablot marked the end of the winter - if this winter truly does not end, then that feast may be given over to Ragnarok instead,’ said Ms Dagland. The Jorvik Viking Centre predicted that Ragnarok would occur on 22 February because this is the end of the feast of Jolablot.

Of course, the world didn't end on Saturday. Odin didn't fall, if he ever existed at all. No one ate the sun or the moon. No gods took to the battlefield. We are still faced with all the bad things we were faced with on Friday, situations in which Ukrainians took to fighting instead of Viking gods, and Comcast threatened to eat the Internet instead of celestial bodies. Russia, Uganda and Arizona all still seemed determined to help along some kind of new Holocaust.
~ John Seven, Berkshire Eagle

Heck, Nostradamus, the Mayans, the late Harold Camping, Orson Wells, and even prognosticators of Y2K were all wrong about doomsday.
In short, Ragnarok is merely tongue-in-cheek and a reason for those who celebrate the legend to raise their mugs to. Whether a "Thor 3" includes an Armageddon scenario is anyone's guess. Until then, stock up on water, iodine, and plywood from Home Depot.
While the Norse Vikings won't be running amok and raiding monasteries, on Ragnarok Day 2014, the next best thing to do is stampede the local bars and taverns before a nearby star goes supernova.
~ Bruce Baker in The Examiner

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