Apocalypse (right) Now? Vikings predicted today as end of the world
If Norse mythology is to be believed, the Earth will split open and release the inhabitants of the underworld
According to Norse, a Scandinavian mythology of the North Germanic people, the end of the world has been predicted to occur exactly on Feb. 22.
But don’t cling on to your loved ones just yet.
In a very dramatic fashion, the world was predicted to end through the Earth’s splitting, releasing the inhabitants of the underworld.
Devotees to the ancient set of beliefs think the apocalypse, referred to as Ragnarok, involves a series of events including various natural disasters; all which eventually leads to the submersion of the world in water. Afterwards, they believe, the world will resurface and be repopulated by two human survivors.
According to followers of the mythology, Norse god Heimdallr would blow his horn 100 days before the world’s end.
Norse-believers claim the sound of an ancient horn could be heard across York on Nov. 15 of last year, signaling “a portent of doom and the beginning of a countdown to the Norse apocalypse,” reported The Independent Wednesday.
Danielle Daglan, director of a festival meant to commemorate the impending doom, told 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.”
“In the last couple of years, we’ve had predictions of numerous dates where the end of the world has been penciled in by seers, fortune tellers and visionaries, but the sound of the horn is possibly the best indicator yet that the Viking version of the end of the world really will happen on 22 February next year.”
'Norsemen' from across Britain met at York to celebrate the Jorvik festival, which runs from Feb. 15 to 23.
Not taking things lightly, Daglan is even encouraging festival goers to bring “tools to survive the apocalypse, from hunting for the mightiest and strongest warriors to training children in combat skills.”
Should the Earth not fall into the ocean on Saturday as predicted, Norse mythology will be join a long list of failed predictions of the world’s end, including the Mayan projection that the world would end in December 2012.