Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In Norse mythology, the apocalyptic battle that the gods will fight against the giants before the world perishes in flame and is created anew.

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  • proper noun Norse mythology A series of future events culminating in a battle, fought between the Æsir and einherjar on one side and the forces of Surt, Loki, and Loki's children on the other, in which all of creation is burned down and almost all life is extinguished.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Old Icelandic Ragnarökkr, Ragnarök : ragna, genitive pl. of regin, the gods (pl.) + rökr, rökkr, twilight or rök, reason, origin, marvel (perhaps originally “twilight of the dawn, rebirth” ); both akin to Old Icelandic rökva, rökkva, to grow dark, and Greek Erebos, Erebus.]

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From Old Norse ragnarǫk (modern Icelandic ragnarök), from regin ("gods") + rǫk ("fate, judgment").

Examples

  • States (although as I finished the book several fringe archaeological discoveries gave me ways I could have done it); and that the Norse myths are so bleak, and always end in Ragnarok ...

    'Where do you get your Ideas?' An Essay by Neil Gaiman

  • This particular flavour of Ragnarok is only survived by Muire, one of the Valkryie analogues, the Serpent, the Wolf, and one of the outre steeds that the Valkyries/angels ride.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: All the Windwracked Stars - Elizabeth Bear

  • GVE:What Norse mythology has going for it is Ragnarok, and I love the idea of Ragnarok because I grew up in Los Angeles, which is sort of a natural disaster in progress.

    Books

  • When the author announced a return to mu-space and the Pilots' universe with a new series called Ragnarok of which Absorption was to be the first installment, I had the highest expectations marking this novel as a possible top sf of 2010 and I pre-ordered it a month before publication, though some early reviews had already put a question mark in my mind.

    "Absorption" by John Meaney (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu)

  • When the author announced a return to mu-space and the Pilots' universe with a new series called Ragnarok of which Absorption was to be the first installment, I had the highest expectations marking this novel as a possible top sf of 2010 and I pre-ordered it a month before publication, though some early reviews had already put a question mark in my mind.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • GVE:What Norse mythology has going for it is Ragnarok, and I love the idea of Ragnarok because I grew up in Los Angeles, which is sort of a natural disaster in progress.

    May 2009

  • GVE:What Norse mythology has going for it is Ragnarok, and I love the idea of Ragnarok because I grew up in Los Angeles, which is sort of a natural disaster in progress.

    SBBT Stop: Greg van Eekhout

  • GVE:What Norse mythology has going for it is Ragnarok, and I love the idea of Ragnarok because I grew up in Los Angeles, which is sort of a natural disaster in progress.

    SBBT Stop: Greg van Eekhout

  • The second passage gives an account of the universal dissolution -- called Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods.

    Song and Legend from the Middle Ages

  • This great day was called Ragnarok, or sometimes the Twilight of the Gods.

    The Story of Sigurd the Volsung

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