Netflix has announced the cast of their upcoming Norse Mythology-inspired Twilight of the Gods series by Zack Snyder.
The cast consists of Pilou Asbæk, Stuart Martin, Sylvia Hoeks, John Noble, Jamie Clayton, Kristopher Hivju, Paterson Joseph, Peter Stormare, Rahul Kohli, Jamie Chung, Lauren Cohan, and Corey Stoll. Below we have listed who we think these actors are playing in the animated series:
Pilou Asbæk as Thor, the popular hammer-wielding god associated with lightning, thunder, storms, strength, and the protection of mankind. Thor was the defender of Asgard, the realm of the gods, and Midgard, the human realm, and is primarily associated with protection through great feats of arms in slaying giants.
Sylvia Hoeks is Sigrid, who could be a reference to Sigrid the Haughty. Details about Sigrid seem to be unclear and contradictory, though it looks like Sigrid is a queen appearing in Norse sagas as wife, first of Eric the Victorious of Sweden, then Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark. Sigrid appears in many sagas composed generations after the events they describe, but there is no reliable evidence as to her existence as they describe her.
Stuart Martin plays Leif. This could be Leif Erikson, a famous Norse explorer who is said to have set foot in North America before Christopher Columbus did. Leif was the son of Erik the Red and his wife Thjodhild, and the distant relative of Naddodd, who discovered Iceland.
Jamie Clayton has been cast as The Seid-Kona. Seid-Kona’s are witches and sorceresses from Norse mythology. The Seid-Kona’s commonly worship the gods Odin and/or Freya.
Kristopher Hivju is Andvari, a dwarf who lives underneath a waterfall and has the power to change himself into a pike at will. Andvari had a magical ring Andvaranaut, which helped him become wealthy. Using a net provided by Ran, Loki catches him as a pike and forces him to give up his gold and Andvaranaut. Andvari cursed the stolen gold which would destroy anyone who possessed it.
John Noble is Odin, the main god in Norse mythology. Described as an immensely wise, one-eyed old man, Odin has by far the most varied characteristics of any of the gods and is not only the deity to call upon when war was being prepared but is also the god of poetry, of the dead, of runes, and of magic.
Paterson Joseph plays Loki. Loki is a god in Norse mythology who is often simply described as the ‘trickster’ god for his love of playing pranks on both his fellow gods and his or their opponents. He is the sworn brother of Odin and often the one to dig the other gods out of inconveniently deep holes.
Peter Stormare plays Ulfr, which seems to be a reference to Kveldulf “Úlfr ” Bjalfason. Kveldulf was a renowned hersir and landowner. He is also the main character in the early chapters of the previously mentioned Egill’s saga and appears in the Landnámabók and other Icelandic sources. Kveldulf is described as an ulfhéðinn, a shape-shifter, or a berserker.
Rahul Kohli plays the character of “Egill.” Egill could be a reference to Egill Skallagrímsson, a warrior-poet from the Viking age. He is known mainly as the anti-hero of Egil’s Saga, which is an Icelandic family saga following the lives of Egill’s clan.
Lauren Cohan plays Inge. It’s currently unclear who Inge could be, though my personal theory is that Cohan plays the previously mentioned god Freyr, which the name Inge seems to be based off. Freyr is a widely attested god in Norse mythology, associated with sacral kingship, virility, peace, prosperity, and with good harvest. Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house. According to Adam of Bremen, Freyr was associated with peace and pleasure.
Corey Stoll as Hrafnkel, a fearsome duelist and dedicated worshiper of the god Freyr. After suffering defeat, humiliation, and the destruction of his temple, he becomes an atheist. His character changes and he becomes more peaceful in dealing with others. After gradually rebuilding his power base for several years, he achieves revenge against his enemies and lives out the rest of his life as a powerful and respected chieftain. This story originates from “Hrafnkels saga.”
Jamie Chung is Hel, an entity in Norse mythology who is said to preside over an underworld realm of the same name, where she receives a portion of the dead. Hel is said to be the daughter of Loki and appointed by Odin to rule over the underworld.