parallels that of Timaeus. This division is consistent
with the different emphasis of each of the Eaddas, the
Elder Edda dealing more with a celestial battle, the
Younger Edda dealing more with the effect of the catastrophe
of the Earth.
of Timaeus, the Younger Edda legend tells of an
ancient Swedish king named Gylfe, who journeys to Asgard, where
he assumes the name Ganglere (the wanderer). There he beholds
a land of temples, golden palaces, and plowed fields populated
by a mighty and noble race called the Asas. Just as the
Egyptian priests relate to the Solon, king of Athens, the tale
of Atlantis and of the great flood that befell his ancestors,
the Asas tell Ganglere the tale of Ragnarok. Asas comes form
the Norse word Aas, which means a ridge of high
land. Hence the Asas, like the Atlanteans, would appear
to be a fictitious race that once dwelt high up on the ice sheets
glistening, paradise of ice.
Earth Under Fire by Paul LaViolette
Age Project Comment
The high ridge of land to which Paul Laviolette refers, in the
light of up to date geological evidence, refers to the sections
of the Mid-Atlantic ridge which were above sea level in folk
memory, and not the inhospitable polar icecap.