The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gods are without doubt key elements we need to understand in order to get ready for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game.
When it comes to Vikings, mythology played an important role.
History tells us that and so are other video games inspired by this interesting period of time. Such as God of War.
If we are to make a comparison between God of War and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, although there are a lot of similarities, there are also a lot of differences.
In God of War, we have Kratos, who is challenging even the most powerful Norse gods, but in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla we have Eivor who worships them.
And why not, fears them.
So there is a fine line between how Kratos interacted with the gods and how Eivor is going to do that.
Darby McDevitt, the game’s narrative director, outlined that Ubisoft wants Valhalla to be a “historically grounded” experience.
This means that most likely Eivor won’t be able to fight mythological creatures like Kassandra and Alexios in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or take on the Gods like Kratos in God of War.
Instead, Eivor will have to worship and fear them, because he needs their help to overcome his enemies.
Believe it or not, the first trailers released by Ubisoft reveal some of these gods, and below we’ll discuss them. So, let’s go see who they are.
Njord – The Sea God
In the first trailer, we can see Eivor getting ready to set sail towards Great Britain but before every raid; Vikings used to receive blessings. As Eivor receives his blessing, we can see him looking at a large wooden carved statue.
Is this Odin? Most likely no.
This statue depicts Njord; or the sea God, father of Freyr and Freyja. Similar to Poseidon, his role was to protect sailors while venturing across the seas.
This seems to happen with Eivor who successfully reaches the shores of Great Britain.
Freyr – Fertility God
After Eivor’s raid succeeds in the first trailer, the Vikings start colonizing small areas from Great Britain.
Along with their houses, they also erect another wooden statue which is way different than the first one.
This is the statue of the Norse god Freyr, son of Njord and twin of Freyja.
Freyr was also the god of fertility and prosperity, which will eventually help Eivor and his people thrive on the newly discovered lands.
Thor – Thunder God
The second Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer also introduces new Norse gods, one of them being the powerful Thor.
His statue appears immediately after we exit the large ritual house or stave church.
Thor is very easy to identify because of his hammer and the powerful lightning we can see in the background.
No doubt that worshiping Thor, the God of the sky and thunder, associated with the weather, crops, and warriors; will play an important role in Eivor’s upcoming battles.
Freya – Goddess Of Luck
Moving forward, we can see Eivor getting ready for another raid but this time way more dangerous.
This means that our Viking needs some luck as well. The Goddess of luck in Norse mythology was Freya. Freyr’s sister, and daughter of Njord.
Freya was also the goddess of love and her chariot was pulled by cats.
A very interesting aspect regarding this goddess is that her favorite animals were the cats, which can be spotted on Eivor’s chest.
Unless they are Odin’s wolves Geri and Freki.
I believe though that those are cats because even Eivor’s name is a combination of two words, one of them meaning “good luck”.
Tyr – God Of War
Although it doesn’t appear in the trailers we’ve seen so far, Tyr, or the God of war, justice, and order is also present in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
In fact, Tyr’s presence is confirmed by the Wolf Kissed statue of Eivor from Ubisoft.
In Norse mythology, Tyr sacrifices his arm to the monstrous wolf Fenrir the child of Loki, who bites off his limb.
Luckily for Eivor, he was only kissed by a wolf and not bitten.
The Wolf Kissed statue also comes with a tattoo showing the head of a wolf.
Odin – God Of Wisdom
The last Norse God we can spot in both trailers is Odin. Odin and Odin’s connections appear multiple times.
First, let’s talk about this God. We all know that Odin is the God of wisdom, battle, and poetry, as well as the ruler of all other Gods.
Although Eivor has a vision on the battlefield, it is unclear if that is Odin simply because Eivor sees a raven immediately after, but Odin had two. Huginn and Muninn.
It is important to remember that Odin also had two wolves (Geri and Freki) which may explain why the statue we have discussed above is called the Wolf Kissed statue.
Odin’s ravens Huginn and Muninn appear on Eivor’s boat sails, as well as his shield.
Huginn and Muninn which translate in “thought” and “memory” or “mind” were Odin’s trusty news bringers. Their role was to fly all over Midgard and bring information to the God Odin.
Even Eivor has a raven that was confirmed by Ubisoft.
Furthermore, in Norse history, there are records of a raven banner that had the role to strike fear in one’s enemies by invoking the power of Odin.
Last but not least, the second trailer reveals a very interesting stone with a large hole in the middle. It is also tied to Odin.
So, these are the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gods we know about so far.
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