10 Brutal Horrors Of Ragnarok, The Viking Apocalypse

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8. Loki Breaks Free Of Ropes Made From His Own Son’s Intestines

Fenrir isn’t the only one who gets out on Ragnarok. The earthquakes free Loki, the trickster god, who is tied up, too, but his story is way more messed up. Loki was tied up with his own son’s intestines.

The gods made Loki watch as they tore out his son’s entrails and then tied him up with his dead’s sons intestines.[3] They didn’t stop there, either. They also put a venomous snake over Loki’s head and had it slowly drip venom onto his face. Then they made his wife spend the rest of eternity struggling in vain to catch the venom but always failing to protect her husband.

That was a story every Norse mother would tell her children at night. They didn’t need to worry about the trickster god anymore—because he’d been tied up with the intestines of his own child.

It’s pretty brutal, but Loki committed one crime that pushed the gods over the edge. They’d let him get away with a lot—murdering the divine servants, having sex with horses, and trying to poison Odin’s son, to name but a few—but his final sin was the worst. He crashed a party even though we wasn’t invited. For that, his whole family had to suffer.

7. The Whole World Floods


Not every one of the evil gods were locked up. Some were just patiently waiting for their chance at revenge. One of these was the Midgard Serpent, a massive snake coiled around the whole world, hiding from Thor at the bottom of the sea.

When the world starts to shake, the Vikings believed, the Midgard Serpent will come out of the sea and climb onto the land. This is a snake that’s so big it can literally wrap itself around the planet, so when it starts moving, the water won’t exactly stay still. The sea will gush upon the land, and the whole planet will be flooded.[4]

For good measure, the Midgard Serpent will then blow venom into the air and the water. Not only will the world be flooded, but the waters will become toxic, and a poisonous rain will fall from the skies.

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