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Who Is Freya In God Of War Ragnarok? (Answered)

Wondering about the Witch of the Woods? Check out our guide about who is Freya in God of War Ragnarok.

With the release date of the God of War Ragnarok almost here, several players want to make sure that they have got it all recapped. While Kratos has brought vengeance to a plethora of Gods and Goddesses over the years, Freya might be the most empathetic antagonist. After the showdown between Kratos and Baldur, Ragnarok is coming nearer to Midgard. And that includes Freya or the Witch of the Woods as well. But who is Freya in God of War Ragnarok? Check out our guide to know everything about her.

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Who is Freya in God of War Ragnarok

Freya was first introduced in the God of War (2018) as she encounters the father-son duo. Throughout the events of GOW, she becomes an integral and supporting character. Initially, under the alias of the Witch of the Woods, Freya helps them out as they progress. That being said, her role goes from being a helper to a friend to now, an adversary or secondary antagonist in GOW Ragnarok.

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But before we talk about that, let’s have a look at her history.

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Freya’s History

Before the events of the God of War, Freya was a leader of the Vanir. To avoid the Aesir-Vanir war, she agrees to marry Odin to bring peace to both sides. But Freya hated Aesir due to her distaste for their way of life. Despite Odin unjustly imprisoning and torturing her brother, Freyr, she becomes the Queen of Valkyries. Being a God of Knowledge and Wisdom, Odin keeps on taking advantage of her magic and uses it for unjust purposes.

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Eventually, she broke off her marriage with Odin and suffers the wrath of the Allfather. As a result of the betrayal felt by Odin, he curses her from ever leaving Midgard. This prevents Freya from making amends to her people in the Vanir. Odin also deprives Freya of her Valkyrie wings and makes sure that she doesn’t get credit for anything in Asgard. Everything she had accomplished or did accomplish was attributed to Frigg. This was the name Odin called her out of affection. What a psychopath!

Being a victim of such cruelty, Freya continues her entire life in isolation in the woods. She simply holds her heart close to her twin sons, Baldur and Hodur. After learning about a prophecy that foretells Baldur’s death, she places a spell on him. This spell grants him the ultimate Invulnerability. But for Baldur, it was a curse in disguise of a blessing. As a result of this spell, Baldur cannot feel any taste or pleasure. While he pleads with her mother to remove this spell, she claims she is unable and it is for the greater good. Due to his distaste and deprived pleasures, he hates Freya and vows to never forgive her.

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Much to her sorrow, Freya did know how to break the spell but lied to protect him. She knew that Mistletoe could break this curse. But as accounted by Mimir, Baldur was the only gift she treasured from his marriage with Odin.

GOW (2018)

Now, cut to the events of GOW’s (2018) ultimate showdown. As Kratos and Atreus encounter Freya, Baldur appears in front of them. While Freya is happy to see him, Baldur attempts to kill her. The father-son tries to stop Baldur from doing so. As a result, when Baldur punches Atreus in the chest, it causes his Mistletoe arrow to pierce right into Baldur’s fist. This breaks the Invulnerability spell on him. As he becomes vulnerable, Freya begs Kratos not to hurt his son. Even though Kratos agrees, he says that Baldur cannot be reasoned with.

As he reappears, Baldur continues to condemn Freya. In the end, she gives up and allows him to kill her. Since it is the only thing that would bring him peace. But as he strangles her, Kratos grabs him from behind and snaps his neck. Before he snaps his neck, he says “The Cycle ends here“. With him dead, Freya swears vengeance brought upon Kratos.

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As she holds down her dead son, she says “I will rain down every agony, every violation imaginable, upon you. I will parade your cold body from every corner, of every realm, and feed your soul to the vilest filth in Hel, that is my promise!”

This might have confused several players like Atreus who says, “He saved you”. But thinking from Freya’s perspective, Baldur was the only thing close to her heart. Blinded by the motherly love she had for Baldur, Freya is unable to see a darker side of his son. To add more, Kratos had seen too much parricide among Gods. And he is simply adamant that the cycle should end. Having said that, it would be exciting to see more of Freya’s storyline as she seeks revenge in God of War Ragnarok.

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