Assassins Creed Valhalla is a wonderful blessing for the fans of Vikings as this game is set in the Vikings world.
But with the release of this game many questions are arising for the gamers relating to the similarities and differences of this game with Norse Mythology.
One of this question is discussed here, Who is the character Havi In Norse Mythology?
Havi being the main character of this game is no one else than the Allfather of Norse Mythology_Odin, the God of Wisdom and the ruler of Asgard.
But what does Havi mean? Why this name is used in the game instead of the most popular name Odin?
Havi is one of the major character in Assassins Creed Valhalla and being the major character, you need to understand who is he and what is his role in mythological stories for determining his character Havi.
Havi Meaning (Odin)
The word “Havi” has come from old Anglo-Saxons times meaning the High One.
This name is generally referred to the highest God in the Norse Mythology named Odin.
Havi name finds its origins from the old Germanic Mythology that also refers to the highest god or the Allfather.
In older times, it was also used as Har that means the one-eyed who is also Odin as he sacrificed his eye for immortality in the game.
However, in historical terms, he sacrificed his eye for wisdom not immortality because he dies afterwards.
Why is Eivor called Havi?
In Assassins Creed Valhalla, if you noticed that Eivor and Havi is the names of same God commonly known as Odin in Norse Mythology before and after the death while trying to achieve immortality.
Havi actually means the High one and other gods (characters) paying respect to Havi or Eivor is the reason for calling him as Eivor in the game.
In some references, this reason is also mentioned that the main reason for using the name Havi is for preserving the ancient religious traditions in this modern world.
However, all these names do belong to the same character. Either in the game or in mythological references.
Its been a tradition in every religion that the highest one is always recognized by many names and this is due to his many versatile characters.
So, this might be the main reason why we find these many names of Odin in the Norse Religion.
Havi in Norse Mythology
As its been discussed above that Havi refers to Odin, the highest rank God in Norse Mythology.
When Norse Mythology is being discussed on the table then you need to have some idea about the Nine Realms of Norse Mythology supported by Yggdrasil.
One of the nine realms of Norse mythology is Asgard, where the Gods of Norse Mythology referred as Aesir resides.
Odin is the ruler of Asgard and also controls the other realms (or at least pretends to be responsible of).
If you have ever seen the series Vikings , you would know that Norse Religion is deeply embedded in the old Vikings blood.
They were sheer fighters and the reason for the morale for fighting is their believe that if you die in a battle then will go to Asgard and live an eternal life with Odin.
Brief History of Asgard
Asgard is one of the Nine Realms of Norse Mythology that was the living place for the Aesir (Inhabitants of Asgard) and ruled by Odin, who is referred as Havi in Assassins Creed Valhalla.
It was a beautiful land inhabited by the noble beings (not so noble in their deeds) as it is found in the Norse Mythology.
But one day, an enemy named Ragnarok breached the walls of Asgard and grew a lot more stronger than the Aesir.
Ragnarok was a catastrophe for the world and being assisted by the Giants (creatures of another realm of Norse world) destroyed the place and set it on fire.
This great battle between gods and demons ended with the death of gods and resulted in the destruction of the world.
What is Meant by Valhalla?
Valhalla is a great and majestic hall of Odin in Asgard, where he resides and drinks with the Vikings martyrs (died in battles).
The persons who died in combat are taken by Valkyries to this grand and glorified hall.
Norse Mythology puts great emphasis on the importance of Valhalla. It is like a heaven in the Norse Religion.
In this game, you see battles and historical references to Norse Mythology. So, Valhalla was the best title that could be given to this game.