- Each man must face his own Ragnarok! And in his soul, each man doth doth know if he will be found -- wanting!
- -- Odin
Appearing in "Beware! If This Be... Ragnarok!"
- Midnight Axe (Remains)
- Heimdall's Horn
Synopsis for "Beware! If This Be... Ragnarok!"
The three Norns, watching in their mystical well, decide to save Thor from Pluto, since it is not yet his time to die. They conjure a vision of the prophetes Volla recounting the legend/prophecy of Ragnarok to Odin and the assembled leading men or Asgard. Loki feels maligned listening to the prophecy, which sees him leading an army against Asgard. The Rainbow bridge is destroyed and Heimdall killed. Thor and Loki battle as the Midgard Serpent rears up and begins attacking everyone; Thor’s battle with the serpent to prevent Ragnarok ends up being the thing that destroys Asgard. In its sepulchral ruins rises Surtur to finish the job. Ultimately life will regenerate and gods will be born anew.
Thus speaking, and recognizing that Thor is not destined to die yet, the Fates send a bolt of cosmic energy to destroy Pluto’s axe, saving Thor’s life.
The Day of Ragnarok - as you've never seen it before! What can even the gods do - when the end of the universe is at hand?
- This story is largely a retelling of the Tales of Asgard story in Thor #127.
- The Norns here identify themselves as both Norns (from Norse mythology) and Fates (from Greek mythology). They use the names Klothos for Urd and Laecius for Skuld (and presumably Atropos for Verdandi), which are the names of the Greek Fates. In the Marvel Universe, the Norns and Fates are one and the same.
- This issue contains a letters page, The Hammer Strikes. Letters are published from Matt Graham, Dave Williams, Connie Halporn, and Juan Cole.
- In the tale of Ragnarok, the Bifrost is destroyed once again.
Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Thor Vol 1 
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