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Norse mythology was one of the most famous and influential religions in the known world, alongside the Greco-Roman and Egyptian pantheons. An offshoot of Germanic paganism, it was the predominant faith of the Norse peoples of Scandinavia, the Kievan Rus', and the Danelaw of northern England throughout much of the early Middle Ages until it was supplanted by Christianity. The sacred texts of Norse mythology mention numerous gods, such as the lightning god Thor who wielded Mjölnir; the one-eyed, raven-flanked Odin; the beautiful, feather-cloaked Freyja; and the mischievous Loki. Aside from the gods, there existed a band of all-female warriors known as the Valkyries who served as the protectors of fallen Vikings and guided them into the afterlife.[1]

Much of the mythology centers on the plight of the gods and their interactions with several other beings such as humanity and the Jötnar. The home of the gods was Asgard, a mystical place that was part of the Nine Realms. All of these worlds were flanked by a sacred tree known as the Yggdrasil. Those who had died honorably in the mortal world of Midgard were sent to Valhalla to reunite with their brethren. The Norse religion foretold a catastrophic war known as Ragnarök, which would result in the destruction of the gods and their enemies as well as the world being engulfed in flames. Eventually, the Nine Worlds would be reborn and life would start anew.[1]

As with the Greco-Roman pantheon, the Norse gods were part of the First Civilization with the Æsir and the Vanir as their leaders, akin to the Capitoline Triad. During the Great Catastrophe, Odin and the Æsir would transfer their minds into Yggdrasil, so they could be reborn in another life as humans. Odin became the Raven Clan shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir, while Loki was the Hidden One Basim Ibn Ishaq, and Freyja was resurrected as the seeress Svala, among others.[2][3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
  2. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Animus Anomalies
  3. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Layla Hassan's personal files

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