We never tire of conspiracy theories and apocalypse predictions: Y2K, Nostradamus, the Mayas and 2014 sees the Vikings predicting doom and gloom for all.
2014 is the year of the Vikings, yes I’ve said it and I stand by my conviction: TV series, exhibitions, fashion, animated films and even their very own apocalypse prediction. Granted if the Vikings were right then 2014 will be a very short year indeed, as the world is set to end on the 22nd February, yet, a good month and a half would have passed in the year of the Vikings.
So what is this latest ancient conspiracy theory and why haven’t you heard about it?
Well, unlike many other conspiracy theories this one hasn’t really made it much further than countries where the Vikings had an influence, so Scandinavia and the UK. The UK actually seem to be making rather a big fuss about Ragnarok (aka Viking Apocalypse).
On the 14th November 2013, a terrifying sound of a horn was herd through York, the mythical Gjallerhorn was blown to signal 100 days to the Apocalypse.
Ragnarok, which translates to ‘Doom of the Gods’, is due to be preceded by the winter of winters. Legend has it that all morality would disappear and fights would break out all over the world, signalling the beginning of the end. There will be huge earthquakes, the sea will rear up and the soil and the sky will be stained with poison. The wolf Skoll would devour the sun, and his brother Hati would eat the moon, causing stars to vanish from the sky and the Earth to be thrown into eternal darkness. On the day of Ragnarok, calculated to be the 22nd February 2014 the god Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir and the other ‘creator’ gods.
As all conspiracy theories and ancient apocalypse predictions there are reasons to believe this may be true.
Firstly, a part of the legend claims that the Midgard Serpent, named Jormungand, shall free itself from its tail and rise up from the ocean. Which in a way happened when the two huge oarfish were beached on the coats of California in November. And when it comes to the winter of winters? Well, record low temperatures were recorded in the Middle East for example, with Egypt seeing the first snow in a century.
Will it really be the year of the Vikings?
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