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Ragnarök is the cataclysmic battle between the forces of chaos and those of order in Norse mythology, ending the world and killing most of the gods and their adversaries, leading to the birth of a new world. It has been claimed, however, that in pre-Christian Norse belief there was no rebirth after the fall of the gods.

More about: Ragnarök


  • c. 1220
    Ragnarök is given its fullest treatment in the 13th-century Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson.