Written by: Markuz, May 16, 2021

In this new episode of our series of analyses dedicated to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and its context we are going to have a look at the final events of the MythologicalArcs, with Odin coming back to Asgard after stealing the Seventh Method of Salvation from the Greco Roman Isu and putting in place his final deception.

In fact, in the article we are going to see how and why Odin tricked Tyr in order to finally start his plan to bind the Isu Fenrir, which lead into a fight with Loki’s son and his eventual capture and / or imprisonment.

And with that out of the way, it’s time to delve into the new chapter of our analysis of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

After stealing and activating the Seventh Method of Salvation and its technology, as we saw in our last article of this series, Odin traveled all the way back to Asgard, bringing with himself exactly what he set off to get after his fight with the Greco-Roman spy known in the Norse Mythology as The Builder.
Right upon reaching the territories surrounding the Isu city, Odin met Ivaldi, the dwarf in the Norse mythology who, in our previous articles we interpreted as an Isu belonging to yet another First Civilization group or race.

The meeting was quite fortuitous, as Ivaldi had just completed the technology (in the Mythology layer shown as an unbreakable cord) that Odin had commissioned him in order to bind or more likely imprison Fenrir once and for all.
In our playthrough, Odin had promised to release Ivaldi from his slavery once he would have completed the cord, so in this case, Odin freed him, which prompted him to say – again, within the Mythology layer – that he would have traveled to the mountains of Svartalfheim, which he called “our” mountains, once again potentially alluding to the fact that dwarves in the allegory represent another group of Isu that controls a different area of the world (maybe living underground as we hypothesized in our previous article).

After obtaining the technology to bind Fenrir, Odin finally went to the equivalent of the Island of Lyngvi in the Norse Myth, where he found Tyr guarding Fenrir, just as he asked him before leaving for the Greco Roman Isu territories.
In the following dialogue Tyr stated that Fenrir was consumed by sadness, possibly a reference to his unjust treatment by Odin and maybe his inability to see his family.
What followed was an exchange where Tyr stated that Fenrir was originally kind and lively while Odin instead tried to manipulate his words into proving that killing Fenrir would have been the way to go since the beginning – remember, we’re still talking about the Isu Fenrir, Loki’s son that was smuggled to Asgard and foretold to kill Odin right before or during the Toba Catastrophe, so you see why Odin was trying to manipulate Tyr into attempting to kill the boy – or man at this point.

Tyr then answered that Fenrir’s power had grown exponentially while Odin was away from Asgard, even allowing him to possibly become ever-living, which, if it’s not just part of the mythological layer, may hint at Fenrir growing in prowess and knowledge while being held captive and also that he himself might have found a way to prolong his own life.
Whatever the case, it is here that Odin showed Tyr the technology that he would use to imprison Fenrir which, as we mentioned in our
previous videos, may be an actual technological prison or a First Civilization kind of binding, but what’s more important here, is that this is also where Odin lied to Tyr as well, in order to have it his way, bind Fenrir and try and avoid his destiny.
In fact, Odin told Tyr that the technology used to bind or imprison Fenrir would just act as a beacon to signal that Fenrir himself was safely secured to the other Asgardian Isu who might still fear him – of course he wasn’t talking about himself right?
Odin also guaranteed that this technology wouldn’t harm Fenrir, which caused Tyr to cave and play a part in Odin’s other ruse, that is, convincing Fenrir to be bound or imprisoned by the only Asgardian Isu who cared for him.

And that’s exactly what happened, Tyr tried to convince Fenrir that the other Asgardian Isu were getting worried about him, his knowledge
and his power, so he would have to wear or use this technology brought by Odin in order to be tracked or kept under check by the other Isu, even from a distance, in order to live in peace with them.
As Fenrir didn’t trust this proposition, and following the Norse Mythology, Tyr offered his hand and arm as a guarantee of his trust but sadly, the same trust that he had put into Odin was misplaced. In fact, the binding or technology *did* harm Fenrir, who immediately started to grow agitated and was about to break Tyr’s arm, but when he screamed to Odin asking for help, once again the leader of the Asgardian Isu was selfish enough to instead taunt Fenrir, proceed with his plan, and let him rip off the arm of one of his best friends. And this we know for sure is not only part of the Norse Mythology layer as in the Hidden Truth Video we do see that Tyr is missing his right arm.

While being only partially bound, Fenrir decided to once again fight Odin.
The fight ensued and what is interesting here is the series of dialogues that take place during the fight. In the first one Fenrir says “Brothers will fight one another… kill one another…” and “The Home of the gods turns red… red with gore”, which are actually the exact same words from the calculations that Odin witnessed at the beginning of the Asgard Arc, and, well, from the Voluspa, the famous poem of the Poetic Edda.
It’s curious to see that Fenrir knows these words, because, as they are part of the calculations witnessed by Odin, this means that Fenrir himself was able to witness them too, and thus to know that he was going to bring about Odin’s demise.
This is even more visible when Fenrir pronounces another part of the calculations experienced by Odin, the one about the age of storms and the age of wolves, about which Odin himself seems surprised, wondering where Fenrir had actually seen said calculation.

Later in the fight, Fenrir mentioned the portion of the calculations referencing his predicted final fight with Odin during Ragnarok, that is, the Toba Catastrophe, and in that occasion he mentioned that these words were the story that he told himself each night before sleeping, while thinking of the day where he would finally kill Odin and possibly have his revenge for what he did to him and his family.

So, it’s clear that Fenrir witnessed the same calculations, and based on our interpretations of the Asgard Arc that we shared in the previous article of this series, we actually believe that Fenrir experienced them while he had been smuggled in the The Well of Urdr, which we interpreted as a sort of calculations room. In fact, in the Asgard Arc, Fenrir is found as a young puppy in the Well of Urdr, meaning that he was smuggled in and hidden in the calculations room at a young age, and this kind of makes sense, as he might have witnessed the calculations about Odin’s destiny in the calculations room while being very young, and then would go on to brood over them every night before going to sleep.

Once again, as it happened in every clash in the Jotunheim arc, Odin emerged victorious, and bound and very likely imprisoned Fenrir. He then rushed off to see how Tyr was faring, and yet, after all he put him through, he even tried to justify his actions by stating he was strong enough to not kill Fenrir, but it seemsTyr did not want to buy that.

In the last few moments of this scene we can see that again Odin had the guts to say that Tyr sacrificed his arm for him, while it was
actually Odin himself who forced Fenrir into ripping it off. Tyr immediately answered he had actually done that for Loki’s son, but after the final fight with Odin, after being fully imprisoned, Fenrir, the Isu Fenrir, had no mercy even for the only Asgardian Isu that had cared for him and vowed to some day kill all the Asgardian Isu for what they had done to him.

Nonetheless, Odin once again was satisfied because he finally got what he wanted. He had imprisoned Fenrir, and that was the first step to cheat his foretold death. Now what was left to do was to use the Seventh Method right before the Toba Catastrophe in order to fulfill his plan.
And quite unusually for this kind of analysis, that’s already it for today’s article! But there’s a reason for that! In fact, in our next analysis we are going to discuss the final calculations that Odin witnessed in Asgard after stealing the Seventh Method of Salvation and imprisoning Fenrir and we are going to compare it to the actual events shown in The Hidden Truth final video, looking for the elements in common, yes, but also and especially for those which are missing from one another.

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