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Talk:Dagor Dagorath

This article states that the Dagor Dagorath is clearly inspired by and bears many similarities to Ragnarök. In Norse mythology, both the giants and the gods are destroyed. To me, it seems, it bears more resemblance to the Biblical Last Battle. According to the book of Revelation, there will be a great battle between Michael and his angels versus Satan, and Satan, called the dragon, will be cast down and bound for a thousand years. This resembles the War of Wrath. At the end of the thousand years (which might be literal or not; a thousand years was in Jewish culture symbolic of a very long time), Satan will be released and decieve the world, and make war on God. Then he'll be cast down again, this time permanently, and a new world made. I believe in Norse myth, the world is just made out of the ruins after Ragnarök. Now, I think that the Christian prophecy is much more similar to the Dagor Dagorath than the Norse Ragnarök. Therefor, unless I am wrong or Tolkien actually connected the two himself, I believe that it is wrong to say definitely that the Dagor Dagorath was inspired by Ragnarök. It's possible, of course, but as long as there isn't any evidence, I am going to delete that statement. --Narfil Palùrfalas 14:14, 12 September 2006 (EDT)

While I have little knowledge of the different events based on your analysis I'm going to agree. --Hyarion 14:33, 12 September 2006 (EDT)

You are quite right Narfil. As a Christian myself, I found this prophesy surprisingly similiar to Revelation. So yes I agree. --Dwarf Lord 15:54, 12 September 2006 (EDT)