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Gjallar


In Norse mythology, Gjallar ("ringing horn") is the horn of Heimdall. He is the watchman of the gods, and uses Gjallar to announce their arrival, and to gather the warriors in times of danger. When the fire giant Surt and his army approach the Bifrost bridge at Ragnarok, he will use it one last time, calling all of the gods and warriors to the final field of battle at the end of the world.

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