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Fimble-Winter

Just before Ragnarok, according to the Elder Edda, will come a terrible winter called Fimbulvetr, the “mighty winter.”

(Thanks to Edward Lear—remember the fimble-fowl, with the corkscrew leg?—we may anglicize this nicely as the “Fimble-winter.”)

The Fimble-winter, it is said, will last for three whole years, with no summers in between.

Shudder.

I live in Minnesota. As I write this, it's early February.

I have to admit, every year at about this time, I really start to wonder.

 

 

 

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Thursday, 08 February 2018

    I remember one of those PBS shows; either Nova or Nature, saying that if the Yellowstone Caldera erupts it would cover all of North America in at least 3 inches of volcanic ash. I think they estimated that winter would last about 5 years afterward. So long as the Yellowstone Caldera doesn't erupt you should be fine.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Friday, 09 February 2018

    So mote it be.

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