Skyrim Series Part Three: The Apocalypse

Short Skyrim fix today. Post 25/100- Enjoy!

Something pretty awesome that many religions talk about is the end of the world. I’m not necessarily saying that I think it would be awesome if the world ended, but it is pretty cool how certain cultures depict our demise.

For instance, the Norse believed Ragnarök to be the world’s end. Tons of poems, mostly those in Snorri Sturluson’s collection, reference the end of the world and the events that will bring it about.

So, Ragnarök is a series of events that will shatter the world apart. It’s basically a war between the gods and the giants. [1] Fenrir the great wolf will break free of his chains and defeat Odin; Thor will die as he defeats the Midgard Serpent; Bifrost, the rainbow bridge to Asgard will burn; and Nidhögg, the great serpent, will fly through the sky “rending corpses.”[2]It’s not all bad, though. Because after the world has ended and the great wolf has devoured the sun and the moon, the world will be reborn, rising from the water fresh and green. The few who survive will find shelter in the World-Tree Yggdrasil.

In Skyrim, there are similar predictions of the world’s destruction described on Alduin’s Wall. This prophecy states that when the High King of Skyrim (the Dragonborn Ruler) is killed, and his palace, known as the White or Snow Tower, in the capital of Tamriel no longer has a ruler, Alduin (known as the World-Eater) will return and face the Last Dragonborn. Alduin’s wall goes on to describe the downfall of Alduin, thus prophesizing that although existence comes into danger, the Dragonborn will defeat Alduin and save Mankind.[3] 

Basically, Both prophecies tell of a coming battle, including the detail of an all-consuming dragon and his devouring of the fallen and both end on a slightly positive note; Alduin’s wall depicting the Dragonborn’s defeat of the World-eater, and the Eddas’ telling of the rebirth of the world after Ragnarök.

Until tomorrow, amigos!

[1] Sturluson, Prose Edda, 86.

[2] Bray, Elder or Poetic Edda, 293.

[3] Madrine, Dragonborn.


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