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twilight of the gods Syllabification: twi·light of the gods
Scandinavian & Germanic Mythology

Definition of twilight of the gods in English:

The destruction of the gods and the world in a final conflict with the powers of evil. Also called Götterdämmerung, Ragnarök.
Example sentences
  • The only gods who could remember what happened in the twilight of the gods were Hera, Zeus, and Ares, and many of the gods had nothing against Xena.
  • Instead of Heidegger providing us with harmless nostalgia about the mountains of the Black Forest, as you suggest, we have something more akin to a Wagnerian twilight of the gods.
  • Certainly there is something atavistic about the Scandinavian cosmology, with its fatalistic cycle of war and twilight of the gods.


Translating Icelandic ragna rökr (see Ragnarök).

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