Bloody Ragnarok: Why Odin, Thor, or Loki Had to Die?

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Bloody Ragnarok: Why Odin, Thor, or Loki Had to Die?

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is described as the disastrous events and also the Doom of Gods. This final battle marks the fall of Norse Pantheon. 

According to Norse myth, the future of that time was very bleak. The devil sides were about to dominate and destroy the peace of the world, spreading sorrow and sadness. 

The peak? When Loki and his children broke themselves free from the chains of Gods. The dead raised from the land of the death attacked the living. The battle between armies was looming on the horizon. Chaos reigned around the cosmos and the order of the universe was crashed. 

The name people call it Ragnarok!

What made the future so bleak? Because prior to Ragnarok, gods were prophesied to fall. The Norse Pantheon was to collapse. No matter how hard they tried to prevent Ragnarok, the fate finally knocked at the door. Gods tried many ways to recruit the fallen human warriors into their army. Fates never changed. It was called the Doom when the whole universe fell into darkness. 

One notable thing was that Ragnarok was the prophecy that everyone knew. It was believed to be a series of terrible disasters. The very first sign was the birth of Loki's children. Then came the Death of Baldur Odin's son also the God of Light and Honor. Fimbulwinter happened when three consecutive winters took place in Midgard land of human. Brothers killed each other and the world completely became a chaos. 

Image of VIking Fenrir Norse mythology

Fenrir the Wolf broke the chain

Gods quickly cast three children of Loki to different places: Hel was sent to the land of death, Jormungand the Midgard Serpent was thrown into the ocean, and Fenrir the Wolf was bound by the magical Gleipnir chain. 

Ragnarok Doom of Gods

As time progressed, armies prepared for this final battle. Nothing could hold back the claws of Fenrir. By this way or another, Loki's children assembled to trigger off Ragnarok. 

Heimdall the Asgard Guardsman blew the horn to alarm every creature of what was about to happen. 

Loki led his army of the giant to crash the gate of Asgard

The world shook and even Yggdrasil Tree of Life trembled. Jormungand raised from the ocean and poisoned the cosmos with its venom. Fenrir would kill anyone popping up in his path, and Hel led her army to join the battle. 

Image of Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil Tree of Life

In the opposite front line, Thor and Odin prepared for their final battle. Warriors held their weapons in the hands. Everyone was aware of this day. They knew exactly what was left in the prophecy. But they never gave up when the final results were not clear. They hung on to this final battles. 

But the spear Gungnir of Odin and the great horse Sleipnir of Odin couldn't help him escape the fate. Fenrir finally swallowed Odin. Thor faced his sworn enemy Jormungand and killed the serpent. But the god of thunder and storm was poisoned by the venom of the serpent. Walking nine paces away, Thor collapsed at peace.

The last action of Ragnarok was when Surt the giant wielded the sword and burnt the whole world. Everything happened in Ragnarok just collided with the holy prophecy. 

The destruction unfolded a new chapter of reborn.

After Ragnarok, the earth was destroyed and everything was on fire. But that's not the destruction of the cosmos. Rather, it's reborn of a new generation. A new phase of the universe was about to take place. A new world would raise and gods who survived would carry on their destiny without the glory of Norse Pantheon. 

Image of Ragnarok Norse myth

Ragnarok final battle

Looking in a larger angle, Ragnarok presents the endless circle of life of the Norsemen. To them, everything happens from the ashes of destruction. But the living things will end up being burnt to ashes but still reborn. Life continues but not with the previous entities. Rather, a new generation will rise. The glory of Norse Pantheon was not permanent. It would collapse and their offspring would reign. Reasoning why Norse gods must die, it was an example of this endless life circle. They knew the fates but they could never escape it. 

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