Angrboda | Norse Mythology


Angrboda ("she who brings sorrow") is an ice giant, from Norse mythology. She is described as having hair the color of dried blood. According to the Völuspá hin skamma, it was with Angrboda that Loki fathered the wolf Fenrir.

Snorri Sturluson's Edda adds that she is a giantess of Jötunheim and that she is also the mother of Jörmungandr, the snake of Midgard, and of Hel, who rules the world of the dead. 

Angrboda may be the same as "the old woman" ("in aldna") living in Járnviðr who raises Fenrir's offspring: the wolves Skoll and Hati, Hati who pursues the Moon chariot led by the god Máni and Sköll who pursues the Sun chariot led by the goddess Sόl.

Angrboda in Popular Culture

This mythological giantess is mentioned in episode 10 (Our Father) of season 2 of the series Vikings. Her name is given to a newborn, the daughter of Floki and Helga.

She is also featured in the game Assassin's Creed Valhalla, where she delivers a quest sending the hero Eivor in search of the roots of Yggdrasil.

She is officially announced in the list of secondary characters of the next part of the God Of War series.