After analyzing the mythology behind the God Warriors seen in the classic anime and after countless comments requesting a similar analysis of the warriors seen in the spin off ‘Soul of Gold’, the time has come to watch the third video of the series “Mythology in Knights of the Zodiac”, in which, as they requested , We will take a tour of the myths and stories in which these relatively new characters were inspired. This is : Mythology of the 7 God Warriors of Asgard … of ‘Soul of Gold’. The first God Warrior that we met in this story alternates the canonical line was Frodi of Gullinbursti , whose name can be latinized as Frotho or Frodo and who in all cases is an eponym of the Norse god Frey , who in mythology was known as the god of the rain, the rising sun and the fertility, being part of the clan of the Vanir and, therefore, having as place of habitation the world of Vanaheim. The god robe carried by Frodi represents the golden boar Gullinbursti , which is also intimately linked with the god Frey, because, according to the myth, the dwarf Brokkr with his brother Sindri They competed against Loki to create three great treasures: one for the god Odin, another for Thor and one more for Frey and it was precisely for the latter that the aforementioned brothers forged the mighty golden pig, Gullinbursti. Once Brokkr handed the boar to Frey, he told him that he was capable of running through the air and the sea and that he would turn out to be faster than any horse. In addition, with him he could venture into the darkest places since there would always be clarity wherever the wild boar was due to its splendorous brilliance, which reached such a degree that later on it would become the personification of the sun. It is also said that Frey was so pleased with his boar, often left to ride in his magnificent carriage for to ride astride his beast, which toured the world tearing the earth with his mighty tusk, which would have thus becoming the first to teach humanity the art of plowing. Of impressive appearance and proud personality, the second warrior of this list is considered as the strongest in physical sense among the new God Warriors: I refer of course to Heracles of Tanngrisnir. Interestingly, the name of this God Warrior is not derived from Norse mythology but from the Greek, as it makes evident allusion to Hercules, hero of the Hellenic legends considered son of Zeus and the mortal queen Alcmena and , therefore , great-grandson of neither more nor less than Perseus. Regarding his clothes, it represents one of the goats that drive Thor’s flying car, which were able to feed his master and then be resurrected with the help of the Mjiolnir hammer , with the only condition that his bones were not broken. However, according to the Gylfaginning , on one occasion Thor – together with Loki – were hosted by a family of peasants on their way to Jötunheimr . Pleased by the excellent hospitality of these humble people, the god of thunder slaughtered his goats to delight their hosts as a sign of gratitude. At the end of the feast, they placed all the bones next to the skins of the beasts, but Thialfi , the peasant’s son (instigated by Loki) , split one of the femurs to suck the marrow inside. The next day, when Thor used his hammer to return to life Tanngnjóstr and Tanngrisnir, one of them was limping left leg. Then, to avoid the wrath of the wrathful god, Thialfi’s parents decided to give their son to Thor along with his sister Roskva so that, from then on, they would become his servants. One of the new God Warriors that aroused the most interest among fans was the one that turned out to be the brother of one of the previous protectors of Asgard. Obviously, I’m talking about Sigmund of Granir. As I explained in the previous video, in Norse mythology King Sigmund was the father of the hero Sigurd (also called Siegfried) and curiously in ‘Soul of Gold’ Sigmund – although he is not Sigfried’s father – he is his older brother , thus making a kind of parallelism. There is also a reinvention of the character in Wagner’s work “The Ring of the Nibelungo” where he is called Siegmund , who , together with his twin sister Signy , conceives in an incestuous way the hero Siegried. For its part, the mantle that carries this character, is the one that represents Grane, the horse of Norse mythology that in “The Ring of the Nibelungo” The Valkyrie Brunilda rode, although he is also mentioned in the Kálfsvísa , where he is described as the steed of the hero Sigurd. Now , according to the myth, this horse was rather a gift from Bunilda for her husband Sigurd, although there is another history in which it is said that on one occasion, Sigurd came to a forest where he met an old man whom he asked for help to choose a horse. The old man then takes him to the Busiltjörn river , where they both look at a formidable gray steed that had never been ridden by any man and was descended from Sleipnir. At that moment, the old man disappears from the place and Sigurd he takes the horse by naming him Grane, but what the hero never knew was that , in reality , that old man was neither more nor less than the god Odin. Finally, it should be noted that the Granir robe also has a sword called Gram, which is another name that is given to the Balmung sword in Norse mythology , sword that the hero Siegfried wielded but that had previously belonged to his father, King Sigurd. Now , although it may be unnecessary, it should be noted that, although in the myth Gram and Balmung are names that refer to the same sword, in the anime it is about two different weapons. Being perhaps the most malevolent of these new God Warriors, the fourth on the list is Fafner of Nidhogg. If you saw the video above you know that Fafner is the dragon on which is based the god robe of Sigfried in the classic anime, but also know that originally Fafner was not a dragon but a dwarf who became dragon after stealing the gold his father received from the god Loki as compensation for having murdered his son. In the same way, you know the fact that Fafner ended his days after being defeated and killed by Sigurd, whom his adoptive father (and at the same time Fafner’s brother) sent after he refused to share the treasure that had been taken from his progenitor. Turning now to its protective mantle, this is inspired and influenced by Nidhogg, another dragon in Norse mythology as stated in the Völuspá lived in the world of Niflheim, where grew one of the roots of the tree Yggdrasil and after the regeneration that would occur after the Ragnarok would feed on the corpses of the deceased that remained in that region. It is evident that all this mythology influenced the conception of the character of the anime since, as you remember, he carried out his experiments with humans right at the roots of the Yggdrasil, pretending to feed and give life to that tree with the vital energy of the people who captured and imprisoned. Being friend of the childhood of the Aquarius Gold Saint, the fifth of the new God Warriors takes place in this list: Surt of Eikschnir. His name is taken from Surtur , the giant of fire that rules over the world of Muspelheim one of the nine worlds that the Yggdrasil tree holds. According to the written in the Völuspá , during the arrival of the Ragnarok, Surtur will lead the attack of the giants of Muspelheim against the Asgardian gods leaving behind a world consumed by flames. In this final battle, the giants of fire will split the sky in two and Surtur himself will be responsible for ending Frey, being the forest of Hodmimir the only thing that remains standing because it is not possible to burn it or destroy it with the sword of fire of the giant. It is for this reason that , in the anime, Surt has the ability to use fire attacks, because this element is clearly related to the mythological character in which his name is inspired. The same mod or the flaming sword bearing, which is called Lævateinn, is in apparent reference to the sword giant Norse legends as this was who brandished this sword after inheriting Loki, but then passed to hands of the god Frey. Speaking now the rest of the garment that protects this warrior, his inspiration comes from deer Eikþyrnir, which is said resided at the top of Valhalla and sometimes fed tree foliage læraðr. In addition, it is believed, this deer sprouted such amount of water that in fact all the rivers in the world came from their antlers. One of the most mysterious characters in the history of Knights of the Zodiac (the penultimate God Warrior of this list), is Útgardar of Garmr. His name derives from the homonymous fortress that in Norse mythology was the place where the Jötunheim giants resided , although it could also be detached from the giant called Utgarda-Loki who was just the ruler of that fortress. According to the Gylfaginning, the first section of the Lesser Edda, on one occasion the god Thor, his squire Thialfi and Loki, made a trip to those lands in which they faced various tests. Among them, Thor should unleash a simple bag of food, Thialfi compete in a race and Loki overcome in a food competition. However, and to the disappointment of these , the three would have failed in their attempts. Once the tests were completed, the travelers would finally arrive at Utgard Fortress, which was so large that Thor was able to enter it by walking under the door. While there, the god of thunder was challenged to three other challenges: Drink a beer horn, raise a cat and fight against an old woman. Regrettably, Odin’s son was not capable of winning any of the challenges, only reducing the content of the horn a little , barely raising a cat’s paw and nothing he could do against the aging woman. Sad and defeated , the three companions embarked back to Asgard, but before leaving Skrymir (as it was also called the giant Utgarda-Loki ), he revealed the secret in the tests they had faced: the bag that Thor had not been able to open was fastened with strong steel bands, the race that Thialfi lost was against Thought , which is faster than any runner and Loki failed before the Fire that is capable of devouring everything in its path. Regarding the tests that Thor faced inside the fortress, the horn that he tried to drink was the whole Ocean which he was able to diminish its level a little, the cat that could barely raise was indeed the snake Jormundgander; and the old woman whom he could not overcome, was neither more nor less than the personified Old Age, that is , the Eternity whom of course no one is capable of defeating. Regarding the Robe of this warrior, it represents Garmr , who is the wolf who shelters the abode of Hela in the world of Niflheim and who will face the god Tyr during the arrival of the Ragnarok. If you saw the video above of this section, surely you remember that the god robe de Fenrir also represents this same mythological creature, so their entire history can find in that video. However, although both robes represent the same beast, can not be assured – and actually seems unlikely – concerned the same protective mantle. And in this way we come to the last of the God Warrior s of this spin off: Balder of Hraesvelgr . In the myths, Balder is neither more nor less than the son of Odin, being the second offspring of this god, but at the same time he was also the deity of peace, light and forgiveness. One of the most well-known myths of this character it’s about his death, since according to the most accepted version it was at the hands of his own brother instigated (not to vary) by Loki. It is said that Balder’s mother had made promise to every weapon and creature that would never harm his son, so this was thought invulnerable. Full of trust he devised a game in which the gods would throw him all kinds of objects with the purpose of enhancing his power. However, during the game Loki gave Odder an arrow of mistletoe (which had not participated in the oath) and with it went through the chest of his brother, killing him in the moment. Although other versions claim that it was the same Loki who bald the spear to the unsuspecting god. For its part, the protective mantle worn by this God Warrior it alludes to Hraesvelgr, the giant who took the form of an eagle and who inhabits the most boreal part of the sky, frequently perching on the Yggdrasil’s top and provoking the winds of the world every time he flaps his wings. According to the myth, this bird was also related to death, although the reason for this is not known with precision. However, it notes that its name literally means “aspirator corpses” and although it is unknown how exactly came into existence, is believed to work by some or many gods of Norse mythology. As a curious fact, this creature and the dragon Nidhogg were rivals by antonomasia, being each one in opposite ends of the Yggdrasil, since as I mentioned before one lived in its roots, while the other one was placed on the top of the same tree. In fact, it can be said that part of this manifests itself in Soul of Gold, since while Fafner of Nidhogg is shown as a twisted and evil being staying at the roots of the tree, Balder of Hraesvelgr looked like someone with nobler intentions in serving the then representative of Odin, Andreas. And that is how we conclude the third part of the series of videos ‘Mythology in Knights of the Zodiac’. What mythology do you want to be presented in the next installment? Could it be that of the three Judges of the Underworld?… The God Warriors of the movie “The Heated Battle of the Gods”?… Or perhaps that of the Gold Saints of Athena’s army? If you want to choose one of these or another, leave your vote on the card that appears at the moment at the top. And if you have not seen the two previous videos in this series, here I leave them so you can watch them. For the moment I say goodbye leaving you as always a great greeting. I’m Kal and I’ll see you next here, on Star Hill, your Knights of the Zodiac channel… and anime.