'Viking Apocalypse' Due Tomorrow

Ready to Ragnarok?

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 21, 2014 1:50 AM CST | Updated Feb 21, 2014 8:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Viking apocalypse—or British weather? Experts from the Jorvik Viking Center, which is currently running its annual Viking festival in northern England, claim that the end of times as predicted in Norse mythology will be upon us tomorrow, when gods including Thor, Odin, and Loki will fight an epic battle causing the world to sink beneath the sea. Their confident prediction is based on Norse folklore that Ragnarok will happen after three freezing winters with no summers in between, which USA Today notes is a "subjective call" after two lousy summers in northern Europe.

The organizers—who have a countdown to doomsday on their website—say they're pretty sure the god Heimdallr blew the mystical Gjallerhorn on Nov. 15 as "a portent of doom," marking the start of a 100-day countdown to the Norse apocalypse, reports the Independent. "Ragnarok is the ultimate landmark in Viking mythology, when the gods fall and die, so this really is an event that should not be underestimated," the festival's director says. Two human survivors will remain to populate the world, but if your name isn't Liv or Livtrasir and you don't dwell in the underworld, you're out of luck. (In other Viking news, archaeologists recently uncovered a rare Viking "thing" under a parking lot.)

Might be time to rethink those weekend plans...
Might be time to rethink those weekend plans...   (Shutterstock)
The Jarl Squad dressed in Viking costumes on a replica long ship as they take part in the Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles in northernp Britain, Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010.
The "Jarl Squad" dressed in Viking costumes on a replica long ship as they take part in the Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles in northernp Britain, Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/PA, Danny Lawson)
Members of the Jarl Squad  dressed in Viking costume as they gather around a burning Viking ship.
Members of the "Jarl Squad" dressed in Viking costume as they gather around a burning Viking ship.   (AP Photo / Danny Lawson, PA)
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