Frigg, also known as Frigga, was an Asgardian Isu belonging to the group known as the Æsir. The former lover of Odin and the mother of Baldr, she later became a widely revered god in both Germanic and Norse mythology as a goddess of marriage, motherhood, clairvoyance and prophecy.
Around the time of the Æsir–Vanir War, Frigg and the Asgardian leader Odin were lovers. Although their adventures across the Nine Realms were curtailed by the birth of their son Baldr, the boy was dearly loved. However, Odin sacrificed his relationship to establish peace with the Vanir through a political marriage to Freyja, the sister of Vanaheimr leader Freyr, prompting Frigg to leave Asgard with their child.
Years later, when Baldr came of age, Frigg sent him to Asgard, in order for him to be close to his father. She was then free to return to her adventurous ways. Frigg kept Odin in her heart but moved on.
When Baldr was kidnapped by the Muspel leader Surtr, she became enraged and sought to rescue her child in Svartálfaheimr with the help of Odin. The former lovers followed his trails to the ruined capital of the region, Eitri, where they found the place where he had been captured. Upon further investigations, they found a letter addressed to the Muspels where their son's only weakness, mistletoe, was provided to them by someone who knew it. After killing some of Surtr's soldiers, they reached the ruined residence of Hreiðmarr, former monarch of the Dwarves, then taken over by the Isu warlord and his wife. While Odin fought Surtr, she confronted Sinmara. Though the Æsir leader beat his opponent, the Muspel had soon recovered due to being unkillable, incapacitating Odin and leaving him unable to defend Frigg, who, as such, was killed by her adversary.
Frigg was said to live in the wetland halls of Fensalir. She is often mentioned as the wife of Odin and one of the highest of the Æsir. In both the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda she was the mother of Baldr. In the Prose Edda, Loki tried to kill Baldr but was unsuccessful. After asking Frigg why no object could hurt her son, she explained that it was because all objects on Earth had taken an oath not to harm him, save for mistletoe, which either was deemed too unimportant to consider asking or was too young to swear an oath. With this knowledge, Loki immediately created a mistletoe arrow to kill Baldr, and tricked Baldr's blind brother Höðr into loosing it at him.
Legacy and influence
Frigg had a totem named after her in the popular dice game Orlog. The piece "Frigg's Sight" would allow players to reroll a number of the opponent's dice. An Anglo-Saxon man in Folcanstan, Cent possessed the piece, which he gave to the Viking shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir of the Raven Clan after being defeated.
Behind the scenes
Frigg is only mentioned in the 2020 video game Assassin's Creed: Valhalla in the form of an Orlog piece and through conversation in the Asgard arc. She later made her first physical appearance in Valhalla's 2022 downloadable expansion Dawn of Ragnarök, where she was voiced by Warona Setshwaelo.
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (mentioned only)
- Dawn of Ragnarök (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla – Forgotten Myths (mentioned only)
- Echoes of History (mentioned only)