With the fall of Olympus, the God of War franchise is turning to Norse mythology to begin a new journey for our favorite spartan.
Leaving behind a trail of destruction and chaos, has Kratos really managed to put his rage behind him? Thankfully, much like Greek, Norse mythology is enriched with several reasons why the god of war will be back to pummeling deities left and right.
In this lengthy piece, we’ll go over the most notable gods and goddesses that are likely to appear in the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive. In addition, we’ll also rummage through the Norse bestiary to speculate what manner of creatures we will likely be facing.
Major Norse Deities
The deities in Norse mythology are split between two categories. The Aesir are deities of war who live in Asgard, while the Vanir are deities of fertility who live in Vanaheim. The two sects eventually went to war against each other, and the Aesir won.
(Aesir) Baldur, the God of Peace
Said to be invulnerable to everything, except an arrow made of mistletoe, Baldur stands for loyalty and beauty. He rides upon the ship Hringhorni, the largest ship of them all, and strives to bring peace and prosperity to all.
Transportation is essential, and the Hringhorni will prove most useful. That is, if its captain allows it.
(Aesir) Hel, the Queen of the Dead
She reigns over Helheim or Neifelheim, the realm of the dead where every mortal is bound to end up. Hel is the daughter of Loki, and described as both beautiful and grotesque. From the waist up, she is alive, but the lower half is dead and rotting.
Let’s be honest, we all know that Kratos is entering the underworld sooner or later. When he does, he’s bound to face its master.
(Aesir) Loki, the Trickster
The most devious and cunning of all deities, Loki is forever planning cruel puzzles and traps to hinder both mortals and gods. He is often recognized as the antagonist in Norse mythology, leading armies of giants and monsters.
The God of War franchise is known for its love for puzzles. It’s time Kratos took on some from Loki.
(Aesir) Odin, the All-Father
The king and lord in Norse mythology, Odin is all-knowing and all-powerful. He carries a gigantic spear named Gungnir and rides an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir. Two ravens sit on each of his shoulders. Despite having just one eye, Odin can see into the future.
Kratos has ridden Pegasus. Hence, why shouldn’t he get to try an eight-legged horse as well?
(Aesir) Thor, the God of Thunder
The bringer of justice wields the mighty hammer of Mjollnir, granting him the power of both lightning and thunder.
Mythology or not, Kratos will be adding that hammer as his secondary weapon once he is done with Thor.
(Aesir) Tyr, the God of War
The bravest of them all, Tyr is the only god with the stones to put his hand into the mouth of Fenris. However, that left him with just one hand.
There can only be one god of war!
(Vanir) Freyja, the Queen of the Valkyries
The goddess of war rules the heavenly realm of Fólkvangr, the other half of Valhalla. It is here where the souls of slain warriors arrive. She wears a cloak made of feathers and is said to ride a great chariot drawn by cats.
Her skills on the battlefield are legendary, but how will she fare against the might of Kratos?
(Vanir) Freyr, the God of Fertility
The twin brother of Freyja is too a mighty warrior in his own right. Freyr rides into battle on the back of Gullinbursti, a giant boar that has a mane full of golden bristles. He wields a weapon that is said to fight the opponent by its own will.
Another weapon for the inventory that fights on its own? That will surely help with crowd-control.
(Vanir) Nanna, the Goddess of the Moon
The loyal wife of Baldur died of a broken heart after he was killed, which is ironic because she is also known as the goddess of joy.
Well, we needed to use his ship. Sorry.
(Vanir) Njord, the God of the Sea
He commands the waters, creatures that lie beneath, and is entrusted to guard the fleet of the gods. For sailors, Njord is the only one that needs to be prayed for it is he who also directs the winds for a safe passage home.
Hopefully, he knows what happened to the last guy that raised a Kraken from the depths of the sea.
Lesser Norse Deities
Besides the major gods and goddesses, Norse mythology is filled with lesser deities as well. These are only a few of them, whose characteristics jump over from the previous God of War installments.
Heimdall, the Guardian of the Gods
He oversees the Bifrost Bridge, and has over-tuned senses that allow him to see and hear to the ends of the world. Heimdall does not sleep, and will blow the horn called Gjallarhorn if Asgard is in danger.
The only way Kratos is entering the halls of Asgard is over the dead body of Heimdall.
Eir, the Goddess of Healing
She looks after all the gods and goddesses, and has the remedy to cure every disease and wound, even if it is death.
The God of War has fooled death in the past and may do yet again.
Skadi, the Goddess of Hunting
The giantess is also associated with winter and is able to command the frost elements. She wields a magical spear that is said to never miss its mark.
Considering that the God of War debut trailer began with a hunting expedition, both Kratos and the boy might have the blessing of the frost giantess.
Sjöfn, the Goddess of Love
Her ability to heal wounds is often lost in the songs of her beauty that are still sung by mortals.
She may yet force game director Cory Barlog to go against his statement of the new God of War not featuring any sex mini-game.
Vidar, the God of Revenge
The son of Odin is said to walk the path of revenge when Fenrir devours his father. He will avenge him by stepping down with one foot on the lower jaw of the monster, grabbing his upper jaw in one hand and tearing his mouth apart.
Revenge was what led Kratos to scale Mount Olympus and kill everyone residing within. His blood-soaked journey probably left Vidar impressed.
Vör, the Goddess of Wisdom
Nothing can be concealed from her, and she knows the solution to every problem.
The ashen warrior has always been guided across obstacles by others in his quest for redemption. In the new world, Vör lies available for council, if Kratos needs her help that is.
The new God of War will feature plenty of boss-fights, with new creatures and monsters from the Norse realm to squash.
Bergkonge, the Mountain King
Women who travel alone at night sometimes meet the Bergkonge, a handsome man who is said to be covered in a cape made of leaves, and are never heard from again. Some say that he seduces them into following him back to his lair, where he changes into a fearful creature before devouring them.
With certainty, Kratos won’t have to fear running into the Mountain King.
Draugr, the Walking Dead
These animated corpses posses superhuman strength with little shreds of intelligence. They guard crypts and the treasures that were once buried with them.
If The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was any indication, there will be plenty of armed Draugr to deal with in the new God of War.
Fenrir, the Giant Wolf
A popular inclusion in every fantasy setting, Fenrir from Norse mythology would always use his immense strength to break his chains. Fearing that the creature would turn on them someday, the gods crafted a mythical chain that holds Fenrir down for all eternity.
There is no better time to unchain a demonic wolf when you have Kratos knocking on your doors.
Garmr, the Hellhound
The bloodthirsty guardian of Neifelheim is perhaps the Cerberus from Greek mythology. Much like the hounds of Hades, the Garmr is only obedient to the master of the underworld.
Hopefully, fewer heads won’t mean fewer rewards.
Hafgufa, the Sea Monster
The World Serpent isn’t the only creature that inhabits Norse waters. Hafgufa is said to be a massive sea monster that disguises itself as an island to fool unsuspecting mortals.
We’ve dealt with a Hydra. Surely, another sea monster will not be an issue.
Huldra, the Tailed Beauty
An extremely beautiful female creature with long blond hair, Huldra is said to wear a crown made of flowers. She seduces unmarried men into following her back into the mountains where she changes into an ugly beast if they don’t agree to marry her. Since Huldra has the tail of a cow, no one agrees to do so.
Well, the boy does need a mother.
Jörmungandr, the World Serpent
Also known as the Midgard Serpent, Jörmungandr is so big that he completely surrounds the Earth.
In the God of War debut trailer, a river can be seen running its course at the end. It’s speculated that the hazy rapids are actually scales, which would make sense of the sheer size of the mythological sea serpent.
Jötunn, the Giant
The Jötunn is a race of nature spirits with superhuman strength who live in mountainous regions. These giants are often related to Trolls, having deformed features with fangs and claws, and sometimes skin that is as hard as leather. They wield entire trees like clubs and are very protective of their lands.
The creature that Kratos fights in the game’s debut trailer is likely a Jötunn.
Nidhogg, the Dragon
Nidhogg is a giant dragon that inhabits the shores of Neifelheim, gnawing on the corpses of mortals who were guilty of murder and adultery in life. He is also said to gnaw on the roots of Yggdrasil to set himself free.
The only boss battle that has the potential to trump Cronos.
Vedrfolnir and the Unnamed Eagle
At the very top of the World Tree lies a monstrous unnamed eagle. Between its eyes sits the hawk Vedrfolnir. Together they see all that happens on Earth.
If Kratos is destined to climb Yggdrasil, the ashen spartan is likely to come in contact with the feathered creatures.
Vörðr, the Warden Spirit
Also referred to as watchers and wraiths, these spirits follow mortals from their birth to death.
In the God of War debut trailer, a blueish spirit can be seen stalking Kratos through the enchanted forest. Perhaps that spirit is in connection with the boy and not Kratos.
Yggdrasil, the World Tree
The ash tree links all the nine realms of Norse mythology and is a source of power for many gods and goddesses.
Considering how Kratos has a knack of ending worlds, the destruction of Yggdrasil should be at the top of his priorities.