Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Fimbulwinter

In Norse Myth and Nordic Fantasy, the deep, unnatural winter afflicting Earth for several years before the Last Battle (>>> Ragnarok). L Sprague de Camp's and Fletcher Pratt's "The Roaring Trumpet" (1940) is set in Fimbulwinter. Other fantasies borrow the term for less apocalyptic blizzards and cold generated by Magic, as in Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960). [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.