In God of War, Ragnarok Tyr plays an unexpected role. If you don’t know who Tyr is, he is that extremely tall God with whom Kratos and Atreus ally themselves to bring down Odin. Let’s take a look at Tyr in Norse history and his role in God of War Ragnarok.
Answer (+SPOILER ALERT)
Tyr is known as one of the oldest and wisest gods apart from Odin and Mimir. Known as the Norse God of War, Tyr was responsible for all the formalities of War. In God of War, Ragnarok, Atreus discovers where Tyr is being held captive, and they aim to free him for his help against Odin. One of the games biggest secrets is that that Tyr was Odin in disguise and was spying on them from when they released him.
Who was Tyr in North Mythology
In Norse mythology, Tyr was one of Odin’s sons, half-brother to Thor and Baldur. Tyr was the Norse God of War who mainly saw to the formalities of war, such as treaties and contracts. He was also known to be incredibly wise and often counselled many of the gods.
One famous myth about Tyr is when the god’s deemed Fenrir, the giant wolf in Norse Mythology to be too dangerous to be allowed to roam freely. After many attempts at chaining Fenrir with large chains, they quickly learned that Fenrir was too strong.
The Aesir asked the dwarfs to help create a chain to restrain Fenrir. In their last attempt of restraining Fenrir with the new chains, Tyr places his hand between Fnerirs jaws as a gesture of good faith. While he did this, the other Gods tried to add the restraints. Knowing that he’d been tricked, Fenrir bit off Tyr’s hand. This is why Tyr is also known as the one-handed god.
Here’s a video about Tyr’s place in Norse history.
Who was Tyr in God of War Ragnarok
Tyr is voiced by Ben Prendergast in God of War Ragnarok. Believed by many in the GOWR world to be dead, Atreus and Kratos are shocked when they learn of his location in a prison in Svartalfheim. When Kratos and Atreus find him in prison, he has lost his will to fight and is incredibly timid.
Throughout most of the storyline Tyr builds a great relationship with Kratos and Atreus. He helps them get closer to bringing Odin down with Ragnarok and has their trust. Towards the end of the game just as Atreus has finished the mask, Brok the drawf and Tyr have a disagreement. Brok says that something doesn’t add up with Tyr.
Very shortly after that, there is a massive plot twist in the game. Tyr stabs Brok in the chest and kills him. As he stabs Brok he also grabs Atreus and the masks while transforming into Odin. Tyr was in fact Odin the whole time, spying on their every move.
After the events of Ragnarok, you can find the real Tyr while travelling across the nine realms. When Tyr heard of Odin using his disguise to spy on Kratos, he went into hiding. You will be able to find Tyr in Alfhiem near the Strond area over a gap by the cliffs near the twilight stones.
Tyr can also be found in Muspelheim at the spark of the world or in Helheim at Hel’s perch, talking to the Hraesvelgr. You can also chat with the Norse God of War at Freyr’s camp in Vanaheim. Even though Odin technically faked your engagement with Tyr for most of the game, you still have ample time to engage with the real Tyr later in the game.