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Trivia And Questions About The Frost Giants (Ragnarok Manhwa)

Monday, December 30, 2013
Ragnarok: Into The Abyss introduces us to Frost Giants as part of the manhwa's character lineup. Just what interesting trivia is there about these beings and what questions can we ask about them?
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The very first volume of the aforementioned graphic novel introduces us to the Frost Giants as the Valkyrie named Sara Irine shows up to confront Fenris Fenrir with these beings in tow to help her. When I first saw these huge weird-looking creatures and the comic just told us that these guys were actually Frost Giants, one of the first questions that I had was what exactly was going on?

Why are Frost Giants helping the Valkyries? Are they working for Freya (since Sara is apparently working for said goddess)? If so, then why? These are valid questions to ponder and wonder about because the manhwa says that it is loosely based on Norse Mythology.

As such, it is important to know the differences between the comic and mythology so that those who know about the Norse myths and legends will not be confused at seeing that things aren't exactly the same as how they are supposed to be. It's not that it's wrong for the comic to be different from how it is in Norse Mythology. That's actually perfectly fine.

But it would be much better if the graphic novel actually told us about these differences and explained why things are different so that we don't have to be confused. This is exactly why there are so many confusing things (and why we have way too many questions) about Ragnarok's Frost Giants because they are very much different from how they really are in mythology.

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In Norse Mythology, the Frost Giants are also known as the Jotuns. They lived in Jotunheim, one of the many worlds (the others include Asgard, the realm of the gods, and Midgard, the human realm).

It is usually said or known that the Frost Giants are not exactly on good terms with the Aesir (what you would call the Norse gods and goddesses).

To illustrate, let's take a look at the story about the Frost Giant called Geirrod. Since this guy hated the god Thor, he got Loki (when he succeeded in capturing him) to promise that the latter will bring Thor to him so the giant could kill him.

To make a long story short, Thor is somehow warned about Geirrod's plan, so, instead of Geirrod killing him, the god is the one who succeeds in murdering the aforementioned Jotun, his daughters and the other Frost Giants in the near vicinity.

This and some other stories show that the Jotuns aren't exactly on good terms with the Aesir. Those who know about this will thus wonder why it is that the giants in the Ragnarok manhwa appear to be working for and helping the gods since they seem to have no problems obeying the Valkyries.

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It's fine if this is really the case (that the Jotuns are really on the side of Freya and her followers), but it's not fine that we didn't get any explanation as to why this is the way things are.

Without any explanations, this just doesn't seem believable especially when you take into consideration that the Frost Giants from Norse Mythology aren't exactly all friendly and helpful and some of them even hate the Aesir (Geirrod is one prime example of that).

Regrettably, the graphic novel doesn't seem inclined to explain any of this anytime soon. As the comic progresses, it looks like we might never get an explanation and will just have to accept this (somehow) as fact.

This is becoming more and more likely as we get to Chapter 8 of Volume 2 wherein Matthew says, upon seeing the arrival of the Jotuns led by Sara Irine, that the Frost Giants haven't been seen in a thousand years and that all of them were believed to be dead already.

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This statement brings forth a lot more questions regarding the Jotuns:

  • Matthew's statement implies that the giants have been to Midgard (since the city of Fayon is located in that realm) before so, if that's the case, why would the Jotuns be in that world?
  • What reason would they have to be in the human realm?
  • How often are they there?
  • How come they weren't seen for a thousand years?
  • What happened to them?
  • Why did people think they died?
  • Did some of them die (because clearly some are still alive)?

Unfortunately, we don't get answers to any of these and no other character from the manhwa seems interested in asking on our behalf. *Sigh* It's rather frustrating, isn't it? So, what do you think of the Frost Giants from Ragnarok: Into The Abyss? Do you find them believable? Do you think the comic should have explained more things about them?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Louis Huard (Public Domain) from Wikimedia Commons
- Said image was chosen because it depicts one of the giants from Norse Mythology
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

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