We reveal the origins of Angrboda, the young woman featured in God of War Ragnarök
Last week’s PlayStation Showcase was full of announcements. Three Marvel games presented (although we already knew one) including two from Insomniac. But the one everyone was waiting for was, of course, God of War Ragnarök. And we were rewarded for our patience. The new visuals are to die for and especially new characters are entering. Not just Thor, who respects the codes of Norse mythology like Tyr. But the one that interests us today or rather the one that interests us is Angrboda, the young black woman who appears at the end of the trailer and who promises us answers. Who is she?
According to this etymological dictionary, Angrboda means “the one who announces bad omen”. Angr means misfortune, bad luck and Botha which means to announce. According to Scandinavian tales and legends, Angrboda is a giantess or jötunn like Loki. The two are also not strangers to each other, on the contrary. They are even lovers! She is not only the mother of the wolf Fenrir, but also of Hel, who reigns over the realm of the Dead, and of Jörmungand, the Midgard serpent. Beautiful family! This will give her the nickname “mother of monsters”, as emphasized by Julia Q. from Kotaku.
Of course, the developers at Santa Monica Studio took liberties by offering us a young black woman. It is their merit when we know and see to what extent this community, my community, is invisible both in games and in the industry.
That doesn’t mean it’s always successful, with Final Fantasy VII’s Barrett Wallace in mind, especially in the remake. I must admit that Angrboda’s appearance at the end of the God of War Ragnarök trailer made me happy. Remember that the series is quite inclusive. It is a former black wrestler, Shad Gaspard (sadly passed away in 2020) who did the motion capture for Kratos and it is a black voice actor, Christopher Judge, who lends his voice to him. Also, you don’t have to look long to find out what is hiding under the ashes …