Odin believed the answer to the riddle "When light dies, then will Ragnarok begin" would bring about the end of all things. Loki went to Odin in disguise and gave him a metal mask. When the King of Norse Gods looked into the mask, he was blinded -- which fulfilled the third tragedy. Loki then blew Gilma's Horn, which brought on Ragnarok, and he killed Thor with a poisoned dart. When Hercules poured magic paint onto the Book of Fate, he returned to the moment before he accidentally killed Balder. He exposed Loki's plan to Balder and Thor, saving their lives.moreless
Thor: (as Hercules breaks the chains imprisoning him) Those chains were forged by Odin himself! No God of Asgard could break them!
Hercules: Well, it looks like a half-God from Greece can.
Thor: I have no home! I deserve my fate.
Hercules: Spoken like a true coward.
Thor: Watch your tongue!
Hercules: Or you'll do what, Thor? Whine at me some more?
Thor: Nobody can stop Ragnarok!
Hercules: Then I guess I'm Nobody.
Thor: (referring to Balder) You'd kill your own brother?!
Loki: Don't be jealous, I would have killed you next!
Rob Tapert said he was thinking about doing a HTLJ/XWP type series based on Norse mythology, but it never was made because the action hours were losing popularity.
Disclaimer: No Frost Giants were thawed during the production of this motion picture.
The horn Loki blows to begin Ragnarok is reminiscent of the Gjallarhorn. At the start of Ragnarok, the Gjallarhorn is used by the guardian god Heimdall to announce it to the gods.
Loki: I hate it when a plan falls apart!
Loki: Uneasy sits the backside on the icy throne!
Loki is paraphrasing a quote from Shakespeare's Henry IV pt 2, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."
The blinding of Odin
In Norse mythology, Odin only has one eye. He sacrificed one of his eyes to gain a drink from the Well of Wisdom, which gave him knowledge of the Past, Present and Future.
Title: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge"
The episode's title is derived from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", Judy Garland's signature song from the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939). The Rainbow Bridge is Bifrost, which in Norse myth connects Midgard (the Earth) with Asgard and is guarded by Heimdall.
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