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Ragnarok: The Storm

With the end of days upon them
Nears the time of final battle
In the halls of high Valhalla
Asgard senses its death rattle

In the forest crows the rooster 
In the sky the sun does darken
In the cave the hound is howling
To these signs the Aesir harken

Heimdall blows the Gjallarhorn
Dark the rainbow bridge is turning
Vivid lightning cleaves Yggdrasil
Then the central tree is burning

Aesir watch in fascination
As volcanoes spew like fountains
See the heavens splitting open
See the oceans climb the mountains

See the continents convulsing
See the forests burn to ashes
As the sons of Mim are playing
In the fatal lightning flashes

As the winds consume the wasteland
From the south Surtr advances
With his minions tearing corpses
Bright his sword and sharp his lances

Aesir then prepare their weapons
Eyes are clear and arms are steady
The Midgard serpent Jörmungandr
Upon the battle plain is ready

With his heavy hammer Mjolnir
Strides the mighty god of thunder
To do battle with the serpent
And to rend the world asunder

June 30, 2014

N.B. This poem is an Epyllion, a brief narrative poem with a romantic or mythological theme. It is written in trochaic tetrameter, like some of the ancient Eddas.

Ragnarök - Final battle and death of the Aesir
Aesir - The Norse gods
Asgard - one of the Nine Worlds and home of the Aesir
Valhalla - a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the chief Norse god Odin
Heimdall - A Norse god who blows his horn to signal the beginning of Ragnarök
Gjallarhorn - Heimdall's horn
Midgard- Middle Earth, or the world of humans
Bifröst - the burning rainbow bridge between Midgard and Asgard
Yggdrasil - The sacred Norse central tree that holds the Nine Worlds
Mim - an Asian renowned for his knowledge and wisdom who has been beheaded. Odin carries around Mím's preserved head and it recites secret knowledge and counsel to him.
Surtr- a fire troll with a flaming sword who sets the world on fire.
Jörmungandr- The world serpent or ouroboros that surrounds the earth and grasps his own tail. When he lets go, the world will end. Jörmungandr's arch-enemy is the god Thor.
Thor - The Norse god of thunder
Mjolnir  - Thor's hammer and principal weapon

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  1. Date: 12/9/2014 9:01:00 AM
    This is easily a true gem my friend! This creation awes me and is about one of my favorite subjects. Adding this gem to my fav list and pm on the way too. Super 7 from me.

  1. Date: 11/30/2014 12:53:00 PM
    Excellent poem, Roy!! Some fine lines. :) john.

  1. Date: 7/27/2014 1:31:00 PM
    Incredible poem Roy, and the learnings the reader gets is fantastic. It's no wonder it won, great job, James.....

  1. Date: 7/19/2014 2:31:00 PM
    As an Asatruar I commend you on a fantastic job with the lore :D Congratulations

  1. Date: 7/14/2014 9:23:00 AM
    A tremendously researched poem and well written... Congratulations on a fine win.

  1. Date: 7/7/2014 12:46:00 PM
    Congrats on top win with such an outstanding write, Roy!.. Hugs.. Arlene

  1. Date: 7/5/2014 4:39:00 PM
    the glory of myth so well highlighted by your immense piece... marvelously written.. huggs

  1. Date: 7/3/2014 11:01:00 AM
    Oh my what an amazing write Roy ! Beyond my imagination ,,was really tough for me to understand ,,, but the footnote all the more wonderful ,, congrats on first place win ! Must hv been easy for the judge !

  1. Date: 7/3/2014 9:22:00 AM
    Bravo! You've done it again! Great write! And showed that you know your Norse mythology.... Congrates on such a great win!

  1. Date: 7/3/2014 4:20:00 AM
    love it.. Congrats on your well deserved win... Brilliant in an understatement... shivers down my spine as i read each line...

  1. Date: 7/3/2014 2:27:00 AM
    A very captivating write you Roy! I also find it unique the way you have put a glossary! Congrats to you!!!! :-)

  1. Date: 7/3/2014 12:10:00 AM
    I wrote a poem for this contest but I was too late to get it included since I was having computer trouble. This is a great write and your win was well earned. Big congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/2/2014 6:35:00 PM
    Brilliant write Roy...A well deserved win! I live in hurricane country and have been through a few and I could KICK myself (ouch!) for not coming up with anything...

  1. Date: 7/2/2014 6:35:00 PM
    Hi Roy: Thanks for the comment on my poem. I was very impressed with the words and meter you used to write such an epic poem and I can only say, "Congratulazioni, il numero uno!"

  1. Date: 7/2/2014 4:36:00 PM
    Wow, Roy this one really did deserve to fly to the top. BRILLIANT!!!! congratulations, my friend...peter

  1. Date: 7/2/2014 11:04:00 AM
    I learn so much when I read your poetry, your a talented well educated man, congrats on your win Roy xxx

  1. Date: 7/2/2014 6:49:00 AM
    Well, this is a storm on information written in a compelling form. Congrats on a top win. // paul

  1. Date: 7/2/2014 5:06:00 AM
    This is awesome work!! No wonder it is in the winners’ list..Sara

  1. Date: 7/1/2014 9:59:00 PM
    Roy, hearty congratulations for the top fabulous win. It will take me few more readings to understand the norse god concepts. this could be your entry for the new contest by Shadow on the theme of norse people and their gods also. Mohan

  1. Date: 7/1/2014 8:09:00 PM
    WOWOOWW!!! what an informative storm poem. :) CONGRATULATIONS.. :D I ESPECIALLY LIKE 2, 3 AND 4TH STANZAS.. :)