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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 See 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 See the sons of Mim awaken 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. Glossary: 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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Date: 11/17/2017 9:31:00 AM
Wow! It's so ASTOUNDING!!! I feel like i'm reading again 'Magnus Chase' my favorite book!!!
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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.
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Date: 11/30/2014 12:53:00 PM
Excellent poem, Roy!! Some fine lines. :) john.
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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.....
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Date: 7/19/2014 2:31:00 PM
As an Asatruar I commend you on a fantastic job with the lore :D Congratulations
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Date: 7/14/2014 9:23:00 AM
A tremendously researched poem and well written... Congratulations on a fine win.
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Date: 7/7/2014 12:46:00 PM
Congrats on top win with such an outstanding write, Roy!.. Hugs.. Arlene
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Date: 7/5/2014 4:39:00 PM
the glory of myth so well highlighted by your immense piece... marvelously written.. huggs
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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 !
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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!
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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...
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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!!!! :-)
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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
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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...
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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!"
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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
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Date: 7/2/2014 5:06:00 AM
This is awesome work!! No wonder it is in the winners’ list..Sara
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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
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Date: 7/1/2014 8:09:00 PM
WOWOOWW!!! what an informative storm poem. :) CONGRATULATIONS.. :D I ESPECIALLY LIKE 2, 3 AND 4TH STANZAS.. :)
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Date: 7/1/2014 7:35:00 PM
Hi Roy, I am back again to congratulate you on a well-deserved TOP win! Well-deserved, my friend!
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Date: 7/1/2014 7:35:00 PM
Wow how specific, even not knowing the words in everyday vocabulary you have created a wonderful and flowing story. great winner :)
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Date: 7/1/2014 6:43:00 PM
wow, you went all out with this one, Roy. Making it mythological and double meaning of storms. I really wanted to enter this contest but it filled too fast. I had already written three storm poems and didn't know if we could use older ones. Anyway, BIG congrats. I saw you took first place with this one.
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Date: 7/1/2014 6:24:00 PM
So much attention to detail Roy a worthy first place winner. Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/1/2014 6:04:00 PM
Roy your poem shone out the attention to detail and the research you obviously did was excellent. A most deserved win congrats on 1st place hugs
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Date: 7/1/2014 12:02:00 PM
Roy, I love your take on the theme - and interestingly, we both referred to Thor! I guess we both saw where he was definitely applicable in our own unique way! Bravo! Kindest regards.
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