Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Is Eivor A Real Viking?

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Is Eivor A Real Viking?

AC Valhalla lets us players dive more into the lore of strong and ruthless Vikings, while our protagonist Eivor fights her enemies from the ice-cold lands of Norway all the way to England, making us question about her true existence in the real world.

Eivor is the playable protagonist in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft’s latest addition to the Assassin’s Creed series. Based on the Vikings from Norway, the game focuses heavily on the Vikings journey towards England while paying homage to Norse and Germanic mythology.

Each Assassin’s Creed game is based on ancient mythology and lore and decides on their protagonists based on stories of real or somewhat fictional characters. This has left fans wondering about Eivor’s true identity.

1. Is Eivor A Real Viking?

As historically accurate as the story of the Vikings can be, Eivor was not a real Viking of that time period.

Her character is heavily influenced by fierce women Viking warriors of that era and her name is of Nordic origins. While playing as Eivor in AC Valhalla, her character (assuming you chose the female version) comes off as a strong true born leader.

Eivor (Female) | Source: Fandom

In the lore, Eivor is a Viking that participated in the war against King Alfred in the Late 19th Century.

But, as you instruct your clan to fight the Saxon bandits and finally settle into the abandoned Sons of Ragnar encampment, you are left wondering about Eivor’s origins and who she was based on.

2. Who is Eivor Based On?

Eivor is based on Vikings of Norway especially the fierce women warriors who would also have a big role in the warring era of the 19th Century. The women Vikings in Norway were known for their sheer courage and excellent skills in craftsmanship and combat.

Eivor is a character based on those women and portrays their courage and excellent leadership abilities.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Is Eivor A Real Viking?
Eivor (Male) | Source: Fandom

“Wolf Kissed” Eivor in her female form immediately makes you fall in love with her headstrong character. She is quite a well-built woman clad in fur to fight off the cold and rocking a scar on her face with pride.

3. Why Is Eivor Called Wolf Kissed?

Despite her many titles, Eivor is often addressed by her people as “Wolf Kissed.” This question is immediately answered as you start playing the game.

You see Layla Hassan accessing the Animus and witnessing Eivor getting attacked by the wolf scarring her face before some visions of Odin make her kill off her attacker.

: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Is Eivor A Real Viking?
Eivor The Wolf Kissed | Source: Ubisoft

If you want more details on her parents’ death and her early childhood then you can read the comic book Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory and the prequel novel Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Geirmund’s Saga which explains Eivor’s past.

The game also travels to uncharted territories like the Norse mythology and folklore about Vikings in Norway where they get the inspiration for Eivor’s name.

4. What Does The Name Eivor Mean?

Eivor, Eivør or Øyvor is a female derived from Proto-Norse “auja” meaning good-luck or defender. The name is somewhat of a mix between Old-Norse language and the new one.

5. Is It A Male Name Or A Female Name?

Eivor is a name generally given to girls in the Nordic countries. However, in the AC Valhalla, the players are given a chance to play between Eivor as a male character and Eivor as a female character as well.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Male Eivor vs Female Eivor Comparison // Which to Choose?

Eivor’s early life is purely focused on Eivor as a little girl as told in the comic Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Song of Glory. But, the director of AC Valhalla later explained that the canon playthrough method was to let the Animus decide Eivor’s gender making female Eivor more canon throughout the main story of the game.

Which form of Eivor do you prefer to play in AC Valhalla?

6. About Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Developed and Published by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the latest instalment in the Assasin’s Creed series launched in November 2020. The action-adventure, role-playing video game is available to play on Playstation 5/4, Xbox One/ Series X/S and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes players back to the Vikings’ glory days around the 9th century through the eyes of a Viking invader from Norway named Eivor. By playing as Eivor, gamers must represent the clan and help fellow warriors in the battle against Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. The game brims with phenomenal main quests along with noteworthy side quests. AC Valhalla will also embrace many new features like dual-wielding of various weapons and armours.