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Ragnarök was an apocalyptic event in Asgardian lore that prophesied the destruction of Asgard and the extinction of its people. The prophecy came to fruition in 2017, when Odin's death released his daughter Hela.
Thor, realizing that Ragnarök was necessary to end Hela's existence, asked Loki to initiate Ragnarök by summoning Surtur. While Asgard was destroyed, along with 9,719 Asgardians, the remaining survivors were left as wandering nomads, fleeing Asgard on the Statesman. However, they soon came under attack by Thanos, who killed half of them. The remaining half settled in Norway on Earth, forming New Asgard.
- 1 Background
- 2 Ragnarök
- 3 Aftermath
- 4 Trivia
- 5 External Links
- 6 References
A Fateful Prophecy
An ancient Asgardian prophecy foretold of a cataclysmic event known as Ragnarök that would bring about the destruction of Asgard. In documentations filed by the Time Variance Authority, Ragnarök was classified as a Class-Seven Apocalypse event.
Seeking to subvert the prophecy, Odin battled the Fire Demon Surtur, who was prophesied to initiate Ragnarök, consuming Asgard in fire. Odin successfully incapacited Surtur, banishing him to Muspelheim and taking the Eternal Flame, the source of Surtur's power, back to Asgard, where Odin sealed it in a vault beneath the palace.
Despite Odin's efforts, the people of Asgard believed that Ragnarök was inevitable, as made evident during a speech delivered by Odin's son Thor towards the end of the War of the Nine Realms. The prophecy also stated Thor would play a key role in Ragnarök.
A Prodigal Daughter
Long before the birth of his son Thor, Odin had a daughter named Hela, who, as his Chief Executioner and commander of the Einherjar, fought alongside him in a bloody conquest, bringing all Nine Realms into Asgard's power and creating an empire.
Odin eventually realized his daughter's ambitions were a threat to lasting peace and, unable to reason with her, banished her to Hel.
Odin went to great lengths to wipe Hela from Asgardian art and record, ensuring she was forgotten by history. Meanwhile, a resentful Hela bade her time for the day she would break free and exact vengeance against her father for his betrayal.
Troubled by a series of recurring dreams in which he saw the Fire Demon Surtur lay waste to Asgard, Thor journeyed to Muspelheim to avert this threat. He ended up captured and put in chains by Surtur, who explained that Thor had foreseen Ragnarök and that nothing, even Thor himself, could prevent this doomsday event from happening. Thor disagreed and broke out of his chains. After defeating a horde of Surtur's minions, Thor killed Surtur and seized his crown before escaping from Muspelheim. Once back in Asgard, the Crown of Surtur was stored in Odin's Vault.
Having been told by Surtur that Odin was not on Asgard, Thor figured out that Loki, who he thought to be dead following the Second Battle of Svartalfheim, had usurped Asgard's throne and was disguised as their father. Once the trickery was revealed, Thor and Loki went to Earth to find Odin, only to figure out that he had been missing. After they located him with Doctor Strange's help, Odin told his sons that he was dying and that his death would enable Hela to break free.
After Odin vanished into Valhalla, Hela indeed appeared and easily destroyed Mjølnir. Panicked, Loki ordered Skurge to bring them back to Asgard, but Hela followed them and during the transport, she cast out her brothers who fell to the distant planet of Sakaar. Arriving at the Bifrost Bridge, Hela killed Volstagg and Fandral and recruited Skurge as her right-hand man.
Hela made her way to the Royal Palace of Valaskjalf, where she was confronted by a company of Einherjar led by Hogun. Hela easily overpowered them and killed them one by one despite some of their soldiers getting a good blow on Hela before entering the Palace and revealing Asgard's true history. Needing an army to resume her conquests, she went down to Odin's Vault and reclaimed the Eternal Flame, using its power to revive her Berserkers and her wolf Fenris.
Hela intended to lead her soldiers across the Nine Realms and beyond, but quickly discovered a hindrance in her plan: Heimdall, the previous Gatekeeper, had stolen Hofund, keeping her from leaving Asgard. Hela ordered her men to chase the rebels and to find the sword. Meanwhile, Heimdall managed to hide dozens of Asgardians in an abandoned stronghold in the mountains of Asgard.
An Asgardian agreed to disclose the location of the sword so that Hela would not massacre them one by one, prompting the Goddess of Death to leave the Palace with Skurge. However, once they arrived, the place was empty as Heimdall led the Asgardians to the Bifrost Bridge so that they could flee Asgard.
Meanwhile, Thor eventually made it out of Sakaar, founding the Revengers in the process. With their help, Thor made it to the Royal Palace of Valaskjalf, where he reclaimed Gungnir and knocked the ground of the throne room with it, attracting Hela's attention. Hela returned to the Palace and the two siblings entered in a violent duel, during which Thor lost an eye. In the end, Thor eventually mastered the full extent of his powers and used it to throw Hela out of the Palace.
While Thor and Hela were fighting in the Royal Palace of Valaskjalf, a battle erupted on the Rainbow Bridge as the fleeing Asgardians led by Heimdall were trapped between Fenris on one side and the Berserkers led by Skurge on the other side. As the Asgardians were being attacked, reinforcements came to them: Loki led the Sakaaran Rebellion while Hulk fought against Fenris. Valkyrie also joined the battle and defeated many Berserkers. While the battle raged on the Bridge, the Asgardians boarded the Statesman brought by the Sakaaran Rebellion in order to escape to safety.
Thor ultimately released his full power, enabling him to join the battle and help his allies defeat the remaining Berserkers. Skurge eventually turned on Hela and killed many Berserkers as well before being slain by Hela. The Statesman ultimately took off the Bifrost Bridge. However, Hela was still alive and seemed invincible to the Revengers.
As Hela was approaching, Thor figured out that he had been mistaken all along: he was not supposed to prevent Ragnarök, but instead had to cause it as it was the only thing which could stop Hela. While he and Valkyrie fought the Goddess of Death, Loki went to Odin's Vault and put the Crown of Surtur in the Eternal Flame, reviving the Fire Demon with his full might. Surtur began laying waste on all Asgard, and although Hela tried to stop him, she was ultimately destroyed by the gigantic Twilight Sword. Meanwhile, the Revengers boarded the Statesman and watched as the planet was entirely destroyed, fulfilling the prophecy of Ragnarök. A combined total of 9,719 Asgardians perished as the result of Ragnarök.
The destruction of Asgard claimed the lives of 9,719 Asgardians, and along with the total planetary destruction, caused Ragnarök to be classified as a Class Seven apocalypse by the Time Variance Authority. A small number of Asgardians survived the apocalyptic event, having been saved by the Revengers and escaped aboard the Statesman prior to Asgard's destruction. The remaining Asgardians, led by Thor, went in search of a new place to settle, and Thor decided to take them to Earth to build a new Asgard.
In 2018, after months of traveling through space, they were intercepted by the infamous and gigantic spaceship known as the Sanctuary II, owned by none other than Thanos. Thanos and the Black Order boarded and attacked the Statesman in order to extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract, which Loki took from the vault prior to Asgard's destruction. Half of the Asgardians who survived Ragnarök, died in the massacre along with Heimdall and Loki, while the other half were allowed to escape in escape pods, led by Valkyrie.
In the Time Variance Authority headquarters, Loki from an alternate timeline told Mobius M. Mobius how Surtur was destined to destroy Asgard. He also deduced that the variant the TVA were looking for could be hiding in apocalypses, such as Ragnarök.
- In the comics, Ragnarök was not a singular event, but an eternally recurring cycle of death that saw the cyclical destruction and subsequent revitalization of Asgard a countless number of times. The latest Ragnarök event was caused by a major battle between Asgard's people and an army of soldiers led by Loki utilizing copies of Mjølnir. The resulting battle obliterated Asgard, and the survivors settled on Earth in Broxton, Oklahoma.