Netflix’s modern retelling of Norse mythology, Ragnarok, recently released its season 2. The show has chosen to closely establish the mythical roots of the mythology by focusing more on the Gods in the plot. The new season picks up immediately after the climactic showdown between Vidar and Magne, where *spoiler alert* Vidar ends up losing his life.
Ragnarok introduces quite a few characters which correspond with original Norse mythology. Especially the Norse Gods like Odin, Loki, and Thor. The show also introduced other Gods Like Freyja and Tyr, as it steadily leading up to the potential plot pointer for season 3, the Ragnarok, or the fate of the Gods.
If you are looking for a list with all the Norse Gods mentioned in Ragnarok, I have got you covered. I have made a list of Gods that are reincarnated in the show. Read ahead to know more.
1Odin (Wotan Wagner)
Odin is one of the most important gods and known as the Allfather in Norse mythology. He is pretty well known for his hunger for knowledge and wisdom, for which he had also sacrificed his eye. In the show, Odin is reborn as Wotan Wagner. He is the old dude with an eye patch (referencing Odin’s one eye) seen on a wheelchair through both seasons.
However, the Odin in Wotan is only confirmed after Wenche (a seeress) died, despite the clues like the eyepatch. Wotan takes on a more severe and direct role in the plot of the series, now that he becomes aware of Wenche’s prophecy about Ragnarok.
He also blatantly rejects Loki, who reincarnated as Laurits, because of his part in bringing about Ragnarok. But it is also very possible that this is what causes Loki to ally with the Giants (Jutuls in the show).
2Frejya (Iman Reza)
Freyja is the most renowned of the Norse Goddesses. She is often associated with the concepts of love, fertility, war, and magic. She was also known for her celestial appearance and charm. Freyja is reborn as Iman, who is able to master and use her powers of seduction and compulsion to get better grades and in school and go shopping for free (I’m high-key jealous).
Freyja appears to be taking care of Wotan for her part-time job. She teams up with Magne to bring down the Jutuls (Giants equivalent from the mythology). She also plays an essential role in helping Magne in forging Mjölnir on the eternal fire.
3Thor (Magne Seier)
Thor is the Norse god of thunder who wielded a hammer called Mjölnir. He had a great sense of righteousness and was a protector of humanity. He is famous for defeating the World Serpent, thereby bringing an end to Ragnarok, catalyzing the world’s rebirth and humankind.
Thor is reborn as Magne in the show. Magne shows special abilities like superhuman strength and agility and a bonus ability to control the elements like thunder, for example. He is also courageous and protective of his loved ones. Much like his Norse God equivalent, Magne is the only one who could forge and wield Mjölnir.
After losing his only friend, Isolde, and his showdown with Vidar, he felt a great sense of loneliness and guilt. His brother Loki (or Laurits), who had bonded with Vidar, lashes out at Magne for killing his ‘true father.’
4Loki (Laurits Seier)
Loki is the Notorious shape-shifting trickster included among the Æsir (even though he is a descendant of Giants) as a companion to Odin and Thor. Loki is reborn as Laurits, Magne’s brother, in Ragnarok. Laurits is also genderfluid like Loki.
Loki is highly unpredictable because it is tough to know which side he is on. Adding to that, when Laurits learns about his parentage, he forms a bond with his ‘true father,’ Vidar, the patriarch of the Jutuls. And when Laurits finds out that Magne killed (in his defense, it was an accident, but oh well) Vidar, he goes mad with anger and Lashes out.
Still bitter about Vidar’s death, Laurits fathers Jörmungandr (mythically known as the World Serpent), will become a key weapon in the battle of Ragnarok—mirroring the original mythology. The latest season ends with Laurits striking an agreement with the Jutuls and letting the World Serpent free in the sea. It is a massive foreshadowing of the earlier events of Ragnarok.
Tyr is the Norse equivalent of Ares from Greek mythology. He is known as the Norse God of War and Justice. One of the most popular stories about Tyr is where he sacrifices his hand after the monstrous wolf Fenrir bites his limb off while the Gods are trying to subdue the wolf.
Tyr is reborn as Harry in Ragnarok, who also loses his hand in a fight with Fjor. Well, his sacrifice allowed Magne to forge and escape with Mjölnir, so it wasn’t a complete waste.
More about Harry hasn’t been revealed yet, but he appears to harbor loyalty towards Odin. He also seems to be romantically involved with Iman.
Many things are left to be revealed in the show with the massive foreshadowing of the upcoming plot. Ragnarok is available for streaming on Netflix.
Ragnarok is a coming-of-age drama building on and contributing to the Norse mythology. Created by award winning writer, Adam Price, and produced by SAM productions, Ragnarok was launched exclusively on Netflix in 2020.
The cast of Ragnarok also includes Henriette Steenstrup, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Synnøve Macody Lund, Line Verndal, Fridtjov Såheim, Bjørn Sundquist and Gísli Örn Garðarsson.
It takes place in current day, in the fictional Norwegian town of Edda in Hordaland, Western Norway, which is plagued by climate crisis and industrial pollution caused by the factories. The factories are owned by the Jutul family, who are actually four Jötnar (giants) posing as a family. They are challenged by Magne, a teenage boy who is the reincarnation of Thor. In season 2, he is joined by the other gods, namely Odin, Freya, and Týr.