Heroes of Ragnarök

Photo: Wikimedia Commons A scene from the last phase of Ragnarök, after Surtr has engulfed the world with fire. The surrounding text implies that this is Asgard, the home of the gods, burning. But it all turns out okay in the end, we’re told. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 57. U.S. Public Domain

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A scene from the last phase of Ragnarök, after Surtr has engulfed the world with
fire. The surrounding text implies that this is Asgard, the home of the gods, burning. But it all turns out okay in the end, we’re told. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905.
Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 57. U.S. Public Domain

In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is the apocalypse. There are natural disasters, and wars, and many of the gods and goddesses die. But after it’s all over, the world is refreshed, ready to grow back better than ever. We had our own apocalypse this year, and our intention is to emerge from it stronger than before. Thanks to all of these heroes, we’re on our way!

Odin ($5,000+)
Odin is the all-father, god of wisdom and healing. In Ragnarök, he leads the gods into battle and fights the wolf Fenrir. He is swallowed whole, but so what? Hanging from a tree for nine days wasn’t enough to take out the tough old guy.

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Ragnar Knutsen
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Photo: Wikimedia Commons A scene from Ragnarök, the final battle between Odin and Fenrir and Freyr and Surtr. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 55. U.S. Public Domain.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A scene from Ragnarök, the final battle between Odin and Fenrir and Freyr and Surtr. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 55. U.S. Public Domain.

Víðarr ($1,000 – $4,999)
Víðarr, god of vengeance, avenges his father Odin’s death by slaying Fenrir; he survives Ragnarok.

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Erik Knutsen
Brigitte & Kenneth Torsoe
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Thor ($500 – $999)
Thor, hammer-wielding god of thunder, sacrifices himself to kill the serpent Jörmungandr (which roughly translates to “huge monster”—Old Norse truth in advertising?).

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons A scene from Ragnarök, the final battle between Thor and Jörmungandr. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 56. U.S. Public Domain

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A scene from Ragnarök, the final battle between Thor and Jörmungandr. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 56. U.S. Public Domain

Týr ($100 – $499)
Týr, one-handed god of law and glory, fights and kills the dog Garmr, guardian of Hel. Both are killed in the fight, which I suppose leaves Hel unguarded.

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons The post-Ragnarök world in Völuspá. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 58. U.S. Public Domain

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The post-Ragnarök world in Völuspá. Art by Emil Doepler ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 58. U.S. Public Domain

Freyr ($50 – $99)
Freyr, god of prosperity and fair weather, engages in a fierce fight against the jötunn Surtr, whose flaming sword goes on to engulf the earth. So apparently giant conflagrations count as nice weather.

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Heimdallr (up to $49)
Heimdallr blows the Gjallarhorn to alert the gods of the giants’ advance; he fights Loki and the two kill each other. But since Loki was causing trouble and Heimdallr was pretty much just drinking mead and waiting for the apocalypse, we’ll call this a win.

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