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The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: R is for Ragnarök

Friday, 20 April 2012

My posts in the The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge are all about interesting words. Words that are weird, intriguing, poetic or just plain cool.

R is for Ragnarök

The twilight of the gods in Scandinavian mythology, when Odin, Thor, Freyr, Loki and Týr meet their final end.

I think there's something rather glorious and terrible about a world-view in which just about everyone is doomed to die in one final cataclysmic battle. Although, after the battle, you'll be pleased to know, there are a few survivors and a peaceful new world dawns. So that's nice.

The word is derived from ragna, the gods or the ruling powers and rök, meaning fate or an ending.

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  1. There always is a bright side, I guess.

  2. I have been watching the almighty johnsons and the characters are Norse gods and that has piqued my interest in Norse Mythology, so suffice to say and barely succintly, nice post!

  3. Kate - thanks! It's a fascinating mythology.

  4. So . . . not everyone dies? Huh. I can live with that. LOL.

    Norse mythology seems to be on the rise these days.

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  5. Golden Eagle - It does. I think you see echoes of it in lots of places.

  6. Milo - Not sure. But I'm afraid he's doomed too...

  7. Norse mythology is a lot of fun. Great R post! :)

  8. Hi Simon .. I'm delighted to hear there's a new and peaceful dawn .. I'm not good on Norse mythology .. Ragnarok is a new one on me .. cheers Hilary

  9. Yup - this is another great one!


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