The end of the world was signalled across York as a giant horn was blown to herald the beginning of the apocalypse.
However, the ancient horn blast, which reverberated across the rooftops of the city, was less a portent of doom and more a means to herald the 30th Jorvik Viking Festival, which is set to take place in Febuary next year.
The horn was designed to resemble that which belonged to the Norse god, Heimdallr, who was said to blow the mythical Gjallerhorn to warn that Ragnarok – the Viking apocalypse – will take place in 100 days. Experts are predicting the end of the world will take place on February 22, 2014, coincidently the grand finale of the Viking festival in York.
“Ragnarok is the ultimate landmark in Viking mythology, when the gods fall and die, so this really is an event that should not be underestimated,” said Danielle Daglan, festival director.
“In the last couple of years, we’ve had predictions of the Mayan apocalypse, which passed without incident, but the sound of the horn is possibly the best indicator yet that the Viking version of the end of the world really will happen on February 22 next year.”
According to the legends, the god Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir and the other “creator” gods will also fall, before the earth is born anew for its human population.