YORK, England, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- In advance of the predicted Ragnarok Viking apocalypse over the weekend, “Norsemen” have started to arrive in York in anticipation of the bloody battle that is supposed to happen on Feb. 22 and end the world.
Attendees at the 30th Jorvik Viking Festival will find out on Saturday if the prediction of Ragnarok will come true.
According to the legend:
“Ragnarok will begin when the wolf, Fenrir, son of Loki, breaks free of his imprisonment. This will lead to a chain reaction of events including the Midgard snake Jormungand rising from the sea and a wolf devouring the sun. Everything will come to a head in a huge battle that draws in the Gods, men and all the races of the nine worlds.
All these events were prophesied by the Allfather, Odin who had hung himself from the world tree, Yggdrasill for nine days so that he died and would be re-born with wisdom and foresight. The wisdom acquired by Odin allowed him to see the events of Ragnarok enabling him to plan for the end of the world, including rounding up all the Vikings heroes who died in battle to Valhalla, his great hall where they would feast and wait for the end of the world and the battle to end all battles.”
If the world doesn’t end, the festival will be over on Feb. 23. On Saturday, about 300 warriors will gather at the Eye of York to battle.
“Our celebrations also mark Jolablot, the Viking feast to hail the coming of spring which, to many people, is the annual rebirth of the world,” festival director Danielle Daglan told the York Press.
Known as the largest Viking festival in Europe, the Jorvik event usually attracts more than 40,000 visitors each year.
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