Why God of War and Assassin’s Creed turned into a “horrific and violent” fable

“Ragnarök defines the Norse mythic world as one that doesn’t just have a beginning, but an end,” says Old Norse scholar Dr. Jackson Crawford, explaining why the story appears in so many games. “All significant time for the living will end, and the end will be horrible and violent.”

According to the Viking storytellers, when the end times come, the stars will disappear from the sky, floods will swallow the earth and the heavens will burn. After the world withers from a perpetually harsh winter, giants will invade the realm of Asgard as human civilization descends into chaos. Odin is 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 culmination of creation but also its final resting place.

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