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The Builder arrived in Asgard after an attempted jötnar invasion and promised protection in exchange for the sacred water from the Well of Urðr, which Odin acquired. Odin and The Builder then created a magical barrier that could kill enemies of Asgard, and the jötunn expressed his desire to marry Freyja. Odin brought the matter before Tyr, Loki, Thor, and Freyja herself. Some time later, Odin defeated the Builder in battle and travelled to Jötunheimr in search of a way to save himself from his fated death in Ragnarök, after remembering that the dwarven smith Ivaldi had mentioned the Builder once discussed the transferring of minds into other bodies with him.
Behind the scenes
The unnamed builder is attested to in the Prose Edda, where like the game; he arrives in Asgard offering to build a fortification (the walls of Asgard), requested Freyja's hand in marriage as the payment, Loki's deceptive impersonation of Freyja, and a fight breaking out with the Builder when things go awry (Thor kills him with Mjölnir).