The Depiction of Thor and Odin in God of War Ragnarok

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With God of War Ragnarok's highly anticipated release, we not only return to the characters we’d met in the previous game two years later, but we also got to meet some iconic Norse gods. We met Freya in the first game, Mimir and Baldur, but we only heard whisperings of Odin and Thor. 

The character design of Thor and Odin is one of the many highlights of this game worth discussing; with us already describing rings found in the God of War games, now we want to showcase how their sprites differ from traditional depictions of these gods found in other media.

The Character Design of Thor in God of War Ragnarok

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Via: 'Thor: Love and Thunder' review.

The most famous depiction of Thor in recent times is the portrayal of the god-superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Chris Hemsworth. Marvel presents an ancient being who harnesses the power of his magical hammer to save people throughout the universe. Most striking is the fact he wears a superhero uniform early on with bright colors and a red cape and that he is exceptionally handsome and buff. 

In the last Thor movies, he gains weight, but this is played for a joke, and he quickly gets rid of it as he fights through the depression, donning a short hairstyle at one point to look fantastic and hip for a modern audience. He is cool and casual, loves eighties music and clothes, and is a dreamy magnet for women.

So how does this stand against the traditional Norse depiction of Thor?

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Thor is a popular god in many pagan religions and is most well-known in Norse tales. He is the embodiment of thunder and the son of the god of lightning, Odin, and holds the mighty hammer, Mjölnir. Moreover, sources describe him as a ginger-haired warrior with a long beard and piercing eyes, wearing the belt of Megingjörð and the iron gloves of Járngreipr.

So how does this translate differently into God of War?

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Via: Thor | God of War Wiki | Fandom

In God of War Ragnorok, Thor has two things that come directly from Norse mythology influences: red hair, a beard and a hammer. However, he does not have the mythical belt and gauntlets worn by the mythological god. Instead, he looks ordinary despite being much taller and larger than Kratos. 

The depiction of Thor is much more accurate to mythology than the Thor seen in Marvel movies, but that doesn’t make either design terrible. God of War’s depiction is just fresher as we are not presented with an ideal body for a strong and powerful being. Instead, he has the muscle and strength of a bodybuilder and the extra gut that often goes along with maintaining high body standards. Nevertheless, the fundamental design principles make sense and stand out from every other character in the game.

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Via: The Thor Set | Meteorite Ring Set

If you’d like to celebrate your love for Thor or tie the knot with love already in your life, you could get a Thor-inspired ring made by Thorum. It is made from Tungsten Carbide and inlaid with meteorite (the same rock-type Thor’s hammer was forged from).

The Character Design of Odin in God of War Ragnarok

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Via: Marvel.

Odin frequently appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside his son Thor.  He is depicted as a powerful ruler of Asgard who put aside his warlike ways when he ascended to the throne to bring peace to the realms. Here, he fathered three children to Frigga: Hela, Thor and Loki. 

He wears extravagant suits of armor, with capes, that have an air of fantastical depictions of Vikings but with futuristic elements of spacesuits and designs of the modern world. He has long, greying hair, a goatee and an eyepatch that varies in color from black to gold, and he is never without his crows or spear. 

So how is Odin portrayed in Norse mythologies?

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Odin, in traditional Norse mythology, is the leader of the gods. On the one hand, some associate him with war and the hero’s feast in Valhalla, whilst others with runes and poets. On the other hand, he is often depicted as wearing a wide-brimmed hat, with a spear, and with one eye. This wise one-eyed man would sit on his throne and rule over the other gods, ready to command them to war if anything might try to threaten their seat of power. 

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Via: God of War Ragnarok.

The Odin we see in God of War Ragnarok is an ageing man, small in stature and height, but with a commanding presence by his manner and reputation.  In addition, He dresses modestly in a blue velvet tunic embroidered in golden trimmings and covered by a heavy cloak to brave the cold winter months. 

His appearance is less out-there when compared to Odin in Marvel movies, but their beards and eye patches are the same. The Odin in God of War is much more ruthless, war hungry and will use his power to suppress people into peace over a fair hand forcefully. This is why we met so much destruction in the first game and now witness this war's height in the second.

One thing that strikes the viewer on the first meeting with Odin is that he doesn’t come across as a tyrannical god when you meet him in the flesh. Instead, he acts like a level-headed and reasonable politician in command of an honest government, and then you remember the stories. You’ve heard so many bad things about this guy that when you meet him, you know he is hiding something, and you’re just waiting for him to stab the heroes in the back. The fact he looks small and ordinary is masterful, as it keeps you on your toes.

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Via: The Odin | Black Wedding Band.

If you’d like to celebrate the iconic father of the Norse gods, you could consider getting yourself a stylish wedding band based on Odin. This band is made from robust Tungsten Carbide, some of the strongest metals, and will go through the wars unscathed.  

Final Remarks: The Depiction of Thor and Odin in God of War Ragnarok

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Via: God of War: Ragnarok

The character designs in God of War Ragnarok are brilliant; as you can see, their designers put a lot of research into depicting the god just right. They also used their creativity not to recreate the same mould of Thor and Odin seen in Marvel and other modern retellings of old tales. Instead, they used the world of God of War to create their own story, and the depictions are fresh, natural, and memorable. 

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