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.

Roger K. Berle
Ragnar Knutsen
David & Barbara Johnson

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.

Erik Knutsen
Brigitte & Kenneth Torsoe
The Norwegian Immigration Association, Inc.

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?).

Fred Amundson
Marilyn Berg Cooper
Mr. & Mrs. Per Ellingsen
Bruce Gjovig
Keith Jorgensen
Roger D. Moe
Ingvill Montgomery
Ernie Ness
Norwegians Worldwide Arizona Chapter
Old Ballard Liquor Co.
Kay Skaftun
Arlan Stavnheim
Edgar Steindal
Tommy Stiansen

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.

Arthur & Nancy Andersen
Roger & Kathy Andrus
Carl Baar
Katherine Barnett
Patricia L. Barry
Karen Bartos
Ginny Bear
Jill Beatty
Nancy Belland
Marion Bentson
Don & Ruth “Magna Moller” Blessing
Camilla Cai & Michael T. Field
Nancy Cantelmo
Mary Jane Chaffee
Erin Chaplin
Amy Curtis
Nancy L. Dahl
Daughters of Norway Gina Krog Lodge
Michelle A. Depew
Doug Dixon
Karen Doty
Ross Dybvig
Ed Egerdahl, Scandinavian Language Institute
Roger L. Eggen
Leif & Lisa Eie
Gary G. Erickson
Helen Forbes
Korinne Frank
Liz Freirich & Saul Kaiserman
Lise Gardner
Shelby Gilje
Per Gjerde
Julie Glowka
Jeremy Goodman
John Gulow
Eric A. Hallén
David Hansen
Naomi J. Heaven
Amy Henrickson
Kaara Hervold
Thor Hervold
Eric & Sym Jacobsen
Jon Jacobson
Vicky Jaquish
Molly Jones
Jan Jorgensen
Roy Jorgensen
Mari-Ann Kind Jackson
Carin M. Kruger
Don Landsverk
Mina B. Larsen
Charles & Turid Larson
Jamie Larson
Kelsey K. Larson
Marilyn Lewis
Amy Lietz
Jon U. Lind
Katie & Chris Long
Dan Lysne
Brian Marquis
Charles H. Marx
Susan Mason
Berit McCarty
Debrah Neal
Kim Nesselquist
Erik Nicolaysen
Erika Nordhaugen
Helge Nordtveit
Robert Norheim
Thomas & Ingrid O’Connell
Egil Oftedal
Nancy Olson
Lisa Marie Ottoson
Jerry Packard
Karen M. Pauler
John Paulson
Jon Pederson
Erik Peters
Ronald W. Petersen
Gustav Raaum
Alf Rasmussen
Elfriede & Edwin Reiersen
Judy Reiersen-Safir
Peggy & Glenn Riddervold
Norman Jorgen Ronneberg
Cynthia Rubin
Janet Ruud
Rob Schnelle
Jane Sibley
Harald A. Smedal III
Helene Sobol
John Erik Stacy
Barbra S. Stehlik
David O. Strand
David Susag
Marilyn Taggart
Stephanie L. Taylor
Robert Timm
Matt Tordoff
Mary J. Wagner
Donita Zblewski
Roberta Zorzynski

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.

Paul Abrahamsen
Amy Bartleson Balcam
Ben Bedard
June Blikre
Michael Blumson
Chelsea Bueb
Carla Danziger
BJ Epstein
Drew Gardner
Linda Grondahl
Cheryl Hoium
Gard Holby
David Holt
Barbara Jacobsen
Lawrence W. Johnson
Santokh Kodial
Karen Koon
Severt Kvamme
Leslee Lane Hoyum
Gry I. Loklingholm
Chris Nordhougen
Pam Nylander-Hill
Stevie Pace
Ingrid Peri
Gail Robison
Barbara Rostad
Jerry M. Saude
Julia Sidorova
James P. Sites, Royal Norwegian Consulate, Billings
Inge Thorsen
Mary Kay Thunem
Joy A. White
Susie Wu

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.

Karen A. Aaker
Leslie M. Aasheim
Michael Amundsen
Connie Amundson
Duan Anderson
Jaffrey Bagge Koch
Terrence K. Baillargeon
Harold & Synnove Bakke
Mary G. Beiningen
Janis Belgum
Sidsel Brady
Lila Burmeister
Mark Chekola
Glenn Eriksen
Grace Hansen
Lois Berseth Hedlund
Marcia Comer
Janet Coulon
Kristine L. Dent
Joanne Donnellan
Sondra Dutra
Micaiah “Huw” Evans
Susan Hermansen Goold
Arlene M. Hall
Kristine M. Hansen
Steve Hanson
Randy Henderson
Marion Hurt
Harvey L. Johnson
Gillian Jorgensen
Katrina Jørgensen
Heidi Kim
Mark Kines
Kristi Larson
Julie Laugen
Arthur & Judith Lee
Mary Lokken
Bjørn Magne Fangan
Kari Mathews
Joyce McCracken
Kari McGrath
Solfrid Migét
Olaf Moriarty Solstrand
Elizabeth Muench
Ann Nordby
Liv Norderhaug
Cassie Owens
Eric Ostensjo
Kathrine Palomino
David Pierce
Janice Quick
Andrea Ray
Anastasia Roeszler
Patricia Sabella
Erik Saltrønes
Kjell Sandve
Susan Solli
James M. Syvertsen
Emily Taylor
Lynn L. Thompson
Georgette Valle
Mariel Vandiver
Elisa M. Vatn
Sandra Watson
Claudia Wright
Eric R. Young
Joyce M. Young
Elsie Zuckerman