What Norse Mythology Has to Say About God of War Ragnarok
God Of War Ragnarok will be Kratos’ last adventure in Norse mythology. We saw them encounter figures like Mimir, Magni and Modi’s sons, Thor, and Baldur in the previous game. The sequel will explore more mythology, with the titular cataclysmic events and the introductions of Norse juggernauts Odin and Thor.
What can we expect from Santa Monica Studios’ next story? What can we learn about the possible direction of the game from Norse mythology stories?
These stories of folklore can be vague at best. These stories would have been shared around campfires or in conversations with others around long halls built by Viking settlements more than a thousand years ago. Until the Prose Edda or Poetic Edda in the 13th century, very little was actually recorded. We have little to no evidence and the stories we have are often contradictory. Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology will serve as the main source of this article. I highly recommend it and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more.
This article will contain major spoilers to 2018’s God of War and Ragnarok if certain plot points continue.
The Story So Far
Santa Monica doesn’t adapt mythology to their games, evidently. Kratos isn’t a true figure from the Norse or Greek stories, and the narratives for the games are entirely original. There will be twists and surprises that are inspired by stories from the past, so there is no doubt there will be. The vagueness of Norse mythology works in their favor as they are able to tell their story with their creative freedom.
Based on 2018’s God of War we can see that the characters and events are very different to the source material. The most important aspect of the game is Loki’s role, or, as we find out at the end, Atreus. Atreus, in the God Of War world, has lived most of his life as a mortal. Loki’s disappearance from the rest of the world will certainly have an effect on characters like Thor and Odin’s behavior.
Differently from other texts, the characters of Freya and Tyr have been set up. Odin has imprisoned Tyr and is described as a “good god”. History has discussed the possibility of Freya being merged with Frigg, the God of War character. Despite her being in Asgard, she was banished to Midgard instead by Odin.
The Gods at the Play
A number of mythological characters are likely to be introduced in God of War Ragnarok. Other characters may also make an appearance. They all have important roles to play in Ragnarok’s coming.
The Norse god Tyr, also known as the God of War, is first. Tyr is Odin’s closest friend and advisor in mythology. To solve problems, he often works closely alongside Odin and the other god. Tyr is the one who convinces Fenrir (located in the tale of the giant Wolf Fenrir), to let the gods bind him. The broken trust between them results in Tyr losing the use of his hand. This is one of Tyr’s most important events. Therefore, one would expect Tyr lose his hand during the events of God of War Ragnarok.
Thor, the god of thunder, is perhaps the most famous character. His appearance was revealed in a character poster to some controversy . His appearance is quite faithful to mythology. Thor Odinson is described by being brutish, extremely strong, and sometimes shockingly violent. He often kills a lot of giants when his temper gets out of control. He defends Asgard/Midgard with his super-weapon Mjolnir, a Brok/Sindri hammer, and his magical belt Megingjord which doubles his strength.