At the northern end of the Nordic regions, lost between snow and cold, is the kingdom of Asgard. Since ancient times, this distant territory has been guarded by brave heroes who respond to the orders of their god Odin and who are summoned when their town needs protection. In this video (which is the second of the series “Mythology in Knights of the Zodiac”), we will discuss one to one the legends and stories that lurks behind these bold warriors, as well as the origin of their names and other details that enrich the understanding of the design of these characters. Let’s see then, the Mythology of the 7 God Warriors of Asgard . It is said that, in ancient times, the god of Olympus, Zeus, fell in love with a forest hunting nymph, whose name was Callisto. Fascinated by his beauty, Zeus turned her into his lover, trying to hide the romance from his wife, Hera. However, as it used to be, Hera managed to discover her husband’s deception and, full of jealousy, she took the beautiful young woman turning her into a bear. Damned in a body that was not his, Calisto wandered through the forest until he met Arkas , who was his own child However, by not recognizing it he tried to hunt her, but before stopping his arrow Zeus appeared to prevent him from committing such a crime against his own mother by revealing his true identity. Then, fearing that a situation like this would happen again, the god of Olympus decided to put Callisto in the sky with his son to keep him company. From then on, Callisto would become the constellation Ursa Major. Being the third star of the Ursa Major, the first God Warrior in facing the bronze saints in Asgard was the bearer of the Phecda Gamma garb : Thor. This protective mantle represents the mythical Jörmundgander , also called ” the snake of Midgard ” . Acording to the Norse myth, this serpent was spawned by Loki and later thrown into the sea by Odin himself, condemned to roam the ocean until the arrival of Ragnarok, which is the day of the last battle. However, in the depth of its watery domain, Jörmundgander grew enormously, to the point that its powerful spirals enveloped the entire Earth with its jaws biting its own tail, so that the meaning of the name was also appropriately attributed to its name “world necklace”. As I mentioned before, this giant snake, considered the largest beast in Norse mythology, was destined to wage the final battle against the god of thunder in the Ragnarok . However, before that it would have to face a couple of times with this capricious deity, being the first of them during the visit of the son of Odin to the king of the giants, Utgardhaloki, in which, using tricks and lies, ridiculed Thor in complicity with Jörmundgander making him look weak and pusillanimous. The second encounter would take place years later while fishing in the sea with the giant Hymir, where he used an ox head as a bait to get the sea beast out of the water and be able to face it. After achieving it, Thor prepared his hammer to strike a fatal blow and thus avenge the humiliation that had suffered in the past, but at that time Hymir , full of fear to have such a beast so close, cut the rope of Thor with what the giant creature sank once more into the depth of the sea. Perhaps it is because of this marked link between the beast and the god of lightning that in Knights of the Zodiac was chosen for the personal name of this God Warrior that of Thor himself , who even many claim could be his reincarnation. In Nordic legends, Thor was not only the god of thunder but also of force, climate, harvests and justice. It is because of this that the character in the anime is presented as an extremely tall and strong but noble man and with a high esteem for justice. However, as an archetype of the classic Viking, is also rebellious in character similar to the Norse god whose personality was somewhat bellicose. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the hammers that carry like axes are in obvious allusion to the main battle weapon of Thor: the Mjiolnir hammer . The fifth star of the Ursa Major, Alioth , is from which emerges the second of the God Warriors to appear: Fenrir . This warrior’s robe alludes to Garm, the fearsome wolf that guarded the entrance to the world of Niflheim, a place where the abode of Hela was. Likewise, according to tradition, it would be against this creature that the war god Tyr , would have his final battle in the Raganarok . On the other hand, the personal name of the God Warrior It is based on the giant wolf of the same name, who fathered wolves children Sköll and Hati and at the same time, was one of the many sons of Loki. According to the account, when Fenrir was born he looked like an ordinary wolf, but as he was feeding he began to grow uncontrollably. Then, the gods decided to capture him using the chain Gleipnir and then Droma , one that was even more resistant. However, despite his efforts, the wolf easily freed himself from both of them and in turn took the hand of the god Tyr , who saw his limb get lost in the jaws of this powerful canine. However, they managed to pierce their jaws with a sword, which prevented him from howling, but these facts would charge a high price in the future because according to the prophecies, the sons of this, Hati and Sköll would be responsible for devouring the moon and sun respectively while Fenrir will engulf Odin during Ragnarok events. Yes, then die at the hands of Vidar, one of the offspring of Odin himself. After analyzing this, and see how much you as your robe are intimately linked to the wolves, not surprisingly that, in the series, this character has been raised by just one sends these, since become, in a arrogant person, wild and eccentric. The second star of the constellation of the Ursa Major is Merak, correspondent to the God Warrior, Hagen, who he is the bearer of the clothing that represents Sleipnir , the gray eight-legged horse. Being son of the great horse Svaldilfari and of Loki , Sleipnir was the horse that Odín rode in his numerous routes through the nine worlds. But how was it possible that Loki was his father? According to the legends, in ancient times the kingdom of Asgard was unprotected , as it did not have walls. One day, a rider appeared riding on his horse: Svaldilfari . Then, he promised the gods to build a wall in exchange for the beautiful Freya . Odin refused, but Loki proposed that if in six months the wall ended then they would deliver him to the goddess, thinking that it would be impossible for him to succeed. However, after spending the stipulated time and seeing that the work was about to be completed, Loki was transformed into a mare to seduce the builder’s horse, which, seeing himself devoid of his pack animal, could not finish the building . When Loki returned, he discovered that he had conceived a son and so Sleipnir was born , the one he offered as a gift to Odin, promising that he would never fail him , and , as the cunning god assured , this horse never disappointed his new master, since, He inherited the capacity of his parents, he was a possessor of great strength and speed, becoming even the symbol of the eight winds that blow from the different cardinal points. Returning now to the character in Knights of the Zodiac, Hagen owes its name to Hägen of Tronje , principal antagonist of the myth of Sigurd or Siegfried. Being a cold and cautious warrior, Hägen lived jealous of the fame, abilities and wealth of Siegfried. For this reason, he pretends friendship with him to get to know his weak point and, once he discovers it , goes inside with him in the forest during a hunting day . Finally, being there , Hagën attacks him from behind with a spear killing him in the moment. In the anime, we see that Hagen is the best friend of Siegfried but, due to the death of both in the fight against the Sanctuary we can never know if, as in the myth, this friendship was feigned and at some point Hagen planned to betray him and kill him. The seventh and last star of the Ursa Major is Eta, belonging to the Benetnasch Mime God Warrior. Mime owes its name to the homonymous character of Wagner’s opera “The Ring of the Nibelung.” In this, Mime was a dwarf Alberich brother who was characterized by his petty, treacherous and loveless personality. He was in charge of taking care of little Siegfried but only for a hidden interest and is (as you will discover later) the equivalent of Regin in Norse mythology. As for its protective mantle, which is shaped like a harp, it derives from the myth of Aslaug , who was the daughter of the warrior Brunhilda and King Sigurd . However, when they died it was her grandfather, Heimer who had to take care of her and raise her, but, to protect her from her enemies, he built an enormous harp where he hid her while traveling from one place to another as an itinerant musician without anyone suspecting they. Unfortunately, as time passed they arrived in the land of Spangerein where they were hosted by a couple of peasants who, thinking that there was a hidden treasure in the harp , murdered Heimer . But what was their surprise when they found the little girl inside, whom they adopted captivated by her beauty. Years later, being a woman, Aslaug would meet the famous Viking Ragnar who fell in love with her because of her beauty and intelligence and with whom she finally got married . The star Delta of the Ursa Major, Megrez is the one belonging to the God Warrior, Alberich . This character is called that because of the dwarf of the same name in the Norse myth, but it is also very similar to this one in other aspects, because both Alberich stand out for being twisted , ambitious and greedy. In the case of the Alberich of the myth, according to “The Song of the Nibelungs”, was a king who wanted to obtain the treasure that protected a dragon and faces Siegfried once this manages to defeat the guardian. But for his misfortune also is defeated by the legendary hero. Added to this, it is worth mentioning that Alberich also appears in the play “The ring of the Nibelung”, like his brother Mime. However, in this version he is presented as the protector of the treasure of the Nibelungs he considered his possession. In order to protect it, he creates a ring that links his bearer with the aforementioned treasure and also places the dragon Fafner at the entrance of his cave to serve as guardian. However, Sigfried manages to defeat the dragon and steals the ring from Alberich , after which the dwarf gets in touch with his son Hagen so that he can win and finish with the one who had stripped him of his treasure. Regarding his clothing, Alberich wears the robe that alludes to the treasure of the Nibelungs, composed in this case by sharp rocks and precious stones among which, of course, the amethyst stands out. The sixth star of the constellation of the Ursa Major, Mizar, is the one corresponding to the steal of Zeta and the God Warrior who carries it, Zyd . Now, the star Zeta of this constellation is actually a binary star, since it has a twin also called “forgotten star”. It is because of this that in Knights of the Zodiac the warrior Zyd has a twin with a robe identical to his, but of a white color , which as we all know is only a shadow of his brother. Regarding their names, Zyd and Bud, there are no mythological references for these and they seem to be names that were created exclusively and in an original way for the anime. However, the love / hate relationship between them is (to some extent) prevalent among Nordic legends, resembling particularly the story of the twins Balder and Hod , sons of Odin who were both the gods of light and forgiveness and darkness and winter, respectively. In the myth, Hod he is tricked by Loki to shoot a mistletoe arrow at his own brother, with which Balder ended his days murdered at the hands of his twin , albeit totally involuntarily. Or at least, that is what everyone has believed to this day. On the other hand, their protective mantles, despite representing two saber-toothed tigers, seem to refer to the wolf children of the aforementioned Fenrir , Sköll and Hati . For Sköll was white and represented storms, chasing if n stop the sun to devour him while Hati showed in black and represented the darkness, running behind the moon to also be able to devour her. However, it is known that it would be up to the Ragnarok, where these brothers would finally achieve their goal. The first star of the Ursa Major, the Alpha star , is where he becomes the strongest of the God Warriors of Asgard: Siegfried . It goes without saying that his name is inspired by the hero Siegfried (also called Sigurd ) , who was the grandson of Odin and son of King Sigmund, but who after his death lived in the woods under the care of the blacksmith Regin , who advised him to kill the dragon Fafner and so, get hold the treasure of the Nibelungs that he guarded. For this purpose the future hero once again forged the weapon that belonged to his father, the sword Balmung and with it he pierced the heart of the beast. Once he achieved his feat, bathed with the blood of this, except for a small space in his back where, by chance, a leaf linden was placed, thus becoming its only weakness. Extremely linked to the story of Siegfried, the robe of this warrior of Asgard represents the dragon Fafner . Originally, Fafner was a dwarf endowed with a powerful arm and an intrepid soul, brother of Ódder and Regin who later conspired to assassinate him. It is said that when Loki murdered Ódder , his father received the gold of Andvari as compensation . However, full of greed , his other two sons murdered him to keep the gold. Once committed such an atrocity, Fafner refused to share the gold with his brother and fled with it to the Breed of Gnita , becoming a dragon. Some time later, due to this, Regin would send his adopted son, Sigurd, to kill the dragon. But to the surprise of Regin, once he killed Fafner, Sigurd stood before him to also assassinate him because he had learned that once he got the gold, his adoptive father would kill to permanently keep the treasure. In this way, we have come to the conclusion of this video. What will be the next analysis of the Knights of the Zodiac mythology ? You will discover it when in this we get to 3000 likes Meanwhile, have you wondered what each of the prisons in the world of Hades serves and what secrets not revealed in the anime hid this enigmatic site? If you want to know then I invite you to see this couple of videos in which you will discover all the mysteries that the Underworld of Knights of the Zodiac hides . For the moment I say goodbye leaving a big greeting. I’m Kal and I’ll see you next time here, on Star Hill, your Knights of the Zodiac (Saint Seiya) channel… and anime.