It’s safe to say that the transition from Greek to Norse mythology was a resounding success for God of War. The gods and ancient figures of Scandinavian folklore make for a colorful cast of characters, and the ethereal beauty of the game’s eight Norse realms are some of the most interesting places we’ve seen in a video game.
Yet the change in setting has created a new layer in the narrative of the series. For the first time, God of War Lore confirms that ancient mythologies existed simultaneously and that Kratos is able to travel between them and interact with them.
Naturally, then, even though we started our adventure in the cold northern region of Midgard, we can’t help but wonder where the series will go in the future, and we think a scene from the game might actually offer an almighty great clue. .
Without going too deep into story spoiler territory, we will say that there is one particular scene in which Kratos and Atreus uncover one of the many story images in the game that is a scene from Norse mythology. Except this is a little different. Kratos himself comments that the runes decorating each corner of the image are not runes at all, but symbols from different countries – Greek and Norse, symbols of other ancient cultures that existed simultaneously.
You can see images of these symbols for yourself below:
So what exactly are these four signs? You’ll recognize the U-shaped symbol in the upper right — it’s a Greek omega symbol used to represent Ares, the god of war throughout the franchise.
The upper left symbol is the ancient Egyptian symbol Ra, the sun god. What is particularly interesting in this context is that Sony Santa Monica creative director, Cory Barlog, spoke in an interview earlier this year that the God of War may visit Egyptian mythology in the future. During its conceptual design phase, the studio probably brainstormed several alternative mythologies for the God of War, some of which the Egyptian and Mayan civilizations likely chose not to use.
So if these signs are to be believed as a clue, where else could the series go? The symbol on the bottom right is the Celtic Triskelion or Triple Spiral and is one of the most widely used symbols of ancient British culture. It means the movements of life: past, present and future. Could the series continue into the future with all of Hellblade: Senua’s sacrifice on a Celtic-themed adventure, just across the North Sea from Scandinavia?
At the bottom left, the symbol is Hidari Gomo, Mitsudome (threefold tomo), a symbol used in various aspects of Japanese Shinto religion. It is commonly associated with the Shinto war god, Hachiman. Hachiman is known as both the God of War and the God of Warriors, and his symbol was later used by samurai and the ruling Japanese aristocracy. Perhaps this is a hint that ancient Japanese gods will one day feature in God of War?
Of course, these symbols may represent no more than representations of other cultures that one of Santa Monica’s artists deemed appropriate. Not to mention, theories of an all-new God of War setting in the next major installment may have already been debunked by an interview with Sony Santa Monica’s senior online community strategist Aaron Kaufman, who suggested that God of War will continue in Norse mythology. , primarily based on the amount the studio had already invested in its design.
Kaufman didn’t outright say that a scene change is impossible, though, and even if the next game is about Norse mythology, crossovers with gods from other mythology can’t be ruled out.
We like to believe that there is more to these symbols than arbitrary placement by the artist.
what do you think Are we to the point where Kratos’ journey through different mythologies is going to become a central part of the series’ narrative? And does Barlog’s previous comments about the possible use of Egyptian mythology, the geographical proximity of Celtic mythology to Scandinavia, and the fact that the Mitsudome symbol was worn by the Shinto god of war, telegraph possible settings for a future god? War games? Let us know in the comments below.
For those interested in the details of the Greek mythology that forms the basis of the doctrine of God of War, here are some facts to consider:
What is the god of war called? Answered
As mentioned earlier, the two flat edges below the original circular God of War symbol (seen above left) are called Omega. It is a letter from the Greek alphabet, which is often used as a logo for sports.
However, due to the change in God of War’s setting from Greek to Norse mythology, the series logo has changed slightly and now looks more rounded. Also, if you compare the two images above, you’ll notice that the new logo also has a snake at the bottom. This new God of War symbol now resembles the Ouroboros, a Greek and Egyptian symbol that essentially represents the circle of life: destruction and rebirth — so it shows a snake eating its tail. Of course, the snake is probably a reference to the World Eater in the 2018 game.
As for what the symbols on the sign actually mean, they refer to RAGNAROK, the name of the game and a cataclysmic series of events in Norse mythology. Each letter means a rune: Raihdo, Ansuz, Gebo, Nauthiz, Othla, Kenaz.
What does the Viking symbol Inguz mean?
Another symbol that features prominently in God of War is the Inguz, which was used in ancient times to represent deliverance, new life, a new path. It is associated with the goddess Freya and also signifies love and fertility.
What is the viking symbol for protection
The Viking symbol for protection is also featured throughout God of War 2018. It’s called Ægishjálmur, otherwise known as “Helm of Awe” or “Helm of Terror”, and it’s actually a magic wand that’s very famous in Iceland. As we mentioned in our other article discussing Norse mythology (as it relates to the upcoming Hellblade II), it was used by warriors of old to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies and win battles.
What does Atreus’ red tattoo mean?
In case you’re wondering Atreus’ tattoos basically translate to “good at shooting (with a bow)”. According to one Redditor. You can see a full breakdown of all game tattoos here.