Questions tagged [ragnarok]

For questions regarding the Norse Ragnarok. The doom of the Gods and the end of the world as we know it.

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What happens after Ragnarök?

In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, ...
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Does Hel have a role in Ragnarok?

During Ragnarok, Fenrir the wolf kills Odin and is then killed by Vidar. The Midgard Serpent Jormungandand and Thor kill each other. What role does Hel, Loki's other child by Angrboda, play?
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Why would Odin and Freyja send fallen men to Helheim?

Since it's known that when Ragnarok occurs, all of the fallen vikings who weren't worthy of Valhalla or folkvangr are sent to helheim to eventually be led by Fenrir to destroy Odin and all of the ...
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Could Ragnarok be considered to have occurred?

According to Wikipedia, The myths of Ragnarok as we know them were compiled in the 13th century, and while describing events in some detail, these were considered to be prophetic, as the events ...
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Norse goddeses at Ragnarok

Did the goddessess in Norse mythology fight during the Ragnarok? Everything I have read is about the gods fighting.
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Does Loki die at the end of Ragnarok?

It is believed that most gods including Odin, Thor, and multiple other gods and goddesses die at the end of Ragnarok.
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Does Loki grow old and infirm while chained beneath the serpent?

Once Loki is chained in the cave with a serpent dripping venom over him, he is destined to remain there trough the ages until the day of Ragnarok. But in other parts of Norse myth, it's made clear ...
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If Freyr and Odin knew that Hel would use the dishonoured humans to fight against them, why would they still send the humans there? [duplicate]

Freyr and Odin know that Hel would use the fallen humans in Helheim to fight against them. If they knew about this, why would they want their own downfall?
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The meaning of Ragnarök for the Germanic peoples

Why did the Germanics believe into Ragnarök? In Christian mythology the revelation is basically there to fear the people from going against the Christian way and otherwise ending up in hell. But in ...
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Confusion regarding the telling of a chess game in the Völuspá (Ragnarök aftermath)

The Völuspá, from my understanding, is where it mentions the aftermath of Ragnarök. In it, they talk of the chess game where they find golden pieces of the "dead" gods and then use them to play a ...
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Did Jörmungandr and Fenrir have any relationship/interaction aside from sharing a father?

Both Jörmungandr and Fenrir are Loki's children and are mentioned in connection to Ragnarok. But do they as beings have any sort of relationship/interaction between each other mentioned in any of the ...
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Why does the dragon emerge at the dawn of the new world?

The final stanza of the Völuspá - which immediately follows the stanzas describing the beauty of the reborn world - seems a bit out of place, if not outright bizarre: 66. Then comes the gloomy ...
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Fate of Norns and their web

I am wondering about one thing: What is the fate of Norns and their web during the Ragnarök?
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What happens to the Dwarves during Ragnarok?

When Ragnarok comes what are the dwarves up to? What happens to them?
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What gender was the Midgard Serpent Jormungand?

Is there any documentation detailing the gender of the Midgard Serpent Jormungand? is it Male, Female, Both, Neither, Null, etc?
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How is the Hoddmímis holt able to protect humans from Ragnarök?

In Norse mythology, Líf and Lífþrasir are supposed to survive Ragnarök and repopulate the world by hiding in Hoddmímis holt. How is it that Hoddmímis holt is able to survive the destruction of the ...
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How are the two humans selected to repopulate the world after Ragnarök?

According to Norse Mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events that means great disasters for the world and the end of many important and powerful gods: In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series ...
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Are there any apocalypse myths other than Ragnarok in which some people survive to repopulate the world?

In the story of Ragnarok, Lif and Lifthrasir survive by hiding in Yggdrasil, and presumably they go on to repopulate the world after all the fighting is over. Are there any other cultures whose end-...