Who is Angrboda in God of War Ragnarok

I see that there are a lot of players wondering who is Angrboda in God of War Ragnarok on Reddit and other forums. Well, if you’re wondering about the actress, it’s Laya DeLeon Hayes. But if you want to know what the significance of Angrboda is in Norse mthology, and what the relationship between Atreus and Angrboda is going to be, then you’ve come to the right place. Before we begin, though, I have to put up a SPOILER WARNING from here on out. Granted, this is mostly going to be conjecture on my part, since the game is not out yet. Still, just in case I’m right – you continue reading at your own peril.

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who is angrboda in god of war ragnarok
Who is Angrboda in God of War Ragnarok

Who is Angrboda in Norse Mythology

Before we try to figure out who Angrboda will be in God of War Ragnarok, we have to cover who she is as a figure in Norse mythology. Well, Angrboda, or Angrboða, is one of the Jotnar. She is also known as the Mother of Monsters. Why? Because in the Poetic Edda (a collection of Old Norse poems), she is the mother of Fenrir, the giant wolf. In the Prose Edda, she is also the mother of Jormungand, who we already know, and the goddess Hel, ruler of Helheim. You know, the awful, snow-covered land of the dead where damned souls go. Oh, and Angrboda’s name roughly translates to “Sorrow-bringer.”

Most importantly for us, though, Angrboda is also famous for being Loki’s wife. Well, “wife” is a strong word; she’s more like his mate or consort. Yes, Loki is the father of Fenrir, Jormungand and Hel. And, as we know from the previous game, Atreus’s mother named him Loki. His red hair was a dead giveaway, but I digress.

Angrboda and Atreus in God of War Ragnarok

So, what does this all mean for Angrboda and Atreus? Who is Angrboda going to be in God of War Ragnarok? This is where we dip into pure speculation, of course. I assume that the two are going to have some kind of romantic relationship. I doubt that they are going to end up siring Fenrir directly, but they will perhaps find him and befriend him, for example. Considering that Jormungand is already alive and well, and Hel is already ruling her realm, I assume they are not going to have anything to do with them. We seem to be leaning more into the Poetic Edda.

Another reason that I believe Fenrir might play an important part in the relationship between Angrboda and Atreus is that Tyr still has both hands in the promo material. In mythology, Fenrir bites of Tyr’s hand after Tyr lures him into getting chained by the gods in their futile attempt to prevent Ragnarok. And we haven’t seen the giant wolf yet, which is another hint, I feel. Obviously, we’ll have to wait for the game to launch before we know for sure. Feel free to share your own predictions below!

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