Why God of War and Assassin’s Creed Turned into a ‘Horrible and Violent’ Myth

“Ragnarök defines the Norse mythical cosmos as one that has not just a beginning but an end,” says Jackson Crawford, an Old Norse scholar, explaining why the story appears in so many games. “All time meaningful to the living will end, and the end will be horrible and violent.”

According to Viking storytellers, when the end of time comes, the stars will disappear from the sky, floods will engulf the land and the skies will burn. After the world withers from a harsh winter, giants will invade the realm of Asgard as human civilization descends into chaos. Odin will be swallowed by the wolf Fenrir, while Thor and the World Serpent Jörmungandr end each other’s lives in battle. Its destruction is total, marking not only the climax of creation, but its final resting place.

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