Norse Myth. the destruction of the world in the last great conflict between the gods and the forces of evil
Origin of RagnarokOld Norse ragna rǫk, judgment of the gods ; from ragna, genitive plural of regin, gods, literally , the counselors (; from Indo-European base an unverified form rek-, to order) + rǫk, tale, fate (; from rekja, to declare ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reĝ-, to put in order from source right); confused with ragnarøkkr, twilight of the gods
In Norse mythology, the apocalyptic battle that the gods will fight against the giants before the world perishes in flame and is created anew.
Origin of RagnarokOld Icelandic Ragnar&odie;kkr, Ragnar&odie;k : ragna, genitive pl. of regin, the gods (pl.) + r&odie;kr, r&odie;kkr, twilight or r&odie;k, reason, origin, marvel (perhaps originally “twilight of the dawn, rebirth” ); both akin to Old Icelandic r&odie;kva, r&odie;kkva, to grow dark, and Greek Erebos, Erebus.
- (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.
From Old Norse ragnarǫk (modern Icelandic ragnarök), from regin (“gods”) + rǫk (“fate, judgment”).