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Hey! You reek of foreign magick. Sweet Nanna's nethers. What are those?

–Brok when he sees the Blades of Chaos for the first time.

Brok is a character in God of War (2018). He is a Dwarf, along with his brother Sindri, he and his brother used to work together until they started arguing about who was best, which caused the family business to be split in two, by working one of the dwarves on their own with the halves of their old label. The pair were responsible for forging Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, and Kratos' axe, Leviathan, which formerly belonged to Laufey.

Sindri and Brok help Kratos and Atreus during their adventure and serve as comic relief. In their forge, they can improve weapons and equipment, so long as they are given the necessary materials.

Norse Mythology

In Norse mythology, Brokkr (Old Norse "the one who works with metal fragments; blacksmith", anglicized Brokk) is a dwarf and the brother of Eitri or Sindri.

According to Skáldskaparmál, Loki had Sif's hair, Freyr's ship Skíðblaðnir and Odin's spear Gungnir fashioned by the Sons of Ivaldi. Loki boasted greatly of all the things that the Sons of Ivaldi could create. In addition, he also boasted that the other dwarves could not create anything beautiful or useful. Brokkr, who was in Asgard at the time, declared that his brother Eitri could make things far more beautiful and useful than the Sons of Ivaldi. Brokkr bet his head with that of Loki that his brother Eitri could make things with better craftsmanship than Skíðblaðnir or Gungnir.

While Eitri used magic in a forge that was extremely hot, Brokkr worked the bellows so that the fire would not cool down nor get too hot for the magic. While making the boar Gullinbursti, a gadfly, often thought to be Loki himself, came and bit Brokkr on the hand. Brokkr was not disturbed though and kept blowing into the fire. While making the golden arm ring Draupnir the gadfly came again and bit Brokkr, this time in the neck but Brokkr kept on blowing. Finally, while making the hammer Mjölnir the gadfly bit Brokkr on the eye this time. This temporarily caused Brokkr to stop blowing. That brief stoppage of blowing into the fire caused Mjölnir's handle to become shorter than it should have been. Because of this, Thor had to wear the iron gauntlets Járngreipr to handle it.

Eitri succeeded in making the golden ring Draupnir, the golden-bristled boar Gullinbursti and the hammer Mjölnir. These objects were judged by the gods to be superior and Brokkr won the bet. However, Loki did not allow him to take his head as doing so would have damaged his neck which was not included in the bet. In lieu of this, Brok sewed Loki's lips so that Loki would not brag until the thread came out.

In God of war

Before God of War (2018)

Brok used to be a relatively unknown blacksmith along with his brother Sindri. Wanting to make a name for themselves they created Mjölnir and gave it to the Aesir. Thor himself was pleased with the hammer and used it to cause a genocide on the giants along with a number of other atrocities. Sindri felt guilty for what they did and was able to convince Brok that since they created the hammer that caused such devastation to the nine realms it was their responsibility to make it right. So together they created the leviathan axe a weapon that rivaled Mjölnir but in the process Brok himself was killed by a spider that wanted revenge against Brok for killing its kin. Sindri not wanting to lose his brother traveled to Alfheim to reclaim his soul before it went to the light of Alfheim and then Helheim. He was able to get it and using it was able to revive Brok but was traumatized by the event he decided to never tell Brok about it as he didn't want to burden his brother with the guilt. Brok woke up his skin now blue but didn't seem to mind at all and together with his brother Sindri managed to finish the leviathan axe.

They were soon after sought out by Laufey the Just the last guardian of Jotunheim and knowing her to be a good person they gave her the axe in hopes that she could restore balance to the nine realms. However the guilt of what Thor did still kept affecting the huldra brothers it got so bad that they could no longer work together. They split the brand right down the middle and went their separate ways with Brok still creating weapons. Eventually he met a dwarf named Andvari who would be indebted to Brok he also met Mimir before his imprisonment and they both did something bad and each blamed the other for it. He also created several shops across Midgard and one in Muspelheim using the extreme heat to make more of his creations. He also had some dealings in Alfheim but was no longer allowed to return because of an incident.

Events of God of War (2018)

Brok is first encountered when Kratos and Atreus pass the Jotnar marketplace trying to move his beast of burden across a bridge. Atreus told his the reason for that is because his creature is afraid of something in the woods and told his father Kratos to aim his axe at the trees. After the creatures left Atreus was able to convince Brok's beast of burden to continue up the bridge and Brok soon had a chat with both of them. He instantly recognized the Leviathan Axe and told Kratos it was him and his brother Sindri who made it and told Kratos not to allow anyone else but those two to work on it as it was special. At first Kratos didn't believe him but once Brok showed him he had half the brand that was placed on the Leviathan Axe he consented. He upgraded the Leviathan Axe and also opened his shop for Kratos and Atreus after finishing with the axe the creatures returned which turned out to be Draugr. Brok hid in his shop allowing Atreus to hide as well as long as he didn't break anything Kratos was impressed with the improvements to the axe while Brok himself was impressed by the fact that Kratos can kill and wondered if Atreus could do so as well.

Before they left he warned them to be careful and correctly suspected that the Hel-Walkers had something to with Odin messing with powerful forces. He would meet the two again when they de-flooded the temple of Tyr something which confused them both and refuse to tell Atreus how he got their first. Instead he showed them something he was working on and not to try and take his spot as he saw it first he believed with his new spot people will come out again and take interest in his work. He gave them the key of Yggdrasil and showed them a pile of rocks which was a gateway to the realm between realms. He told them they could use it to get back to his shop and that it was one way also that to never stray from the path as it would lead to instant death. Once they acquired the light of Alfheim and returned to Midgard they met Brok again at the temple where Atreus had a short conversation with him. He told him how they went to another realm and they met his brother Sindri he instantly knew that Sindri made changes to the Leviathan axe and wondered what he did wrong with it. However Kratos said the opposite happened and after seeing it for himself he believed Sindri got lucky and made more improvements claiming that the Leviathan axe was better.

At this time He told them about Andvari and asked them to look for him in exchange he would reward them. Both Kratos and Atreus did what Brok wanted but only found Andvari's ring he rewarded them none the less and took a close look at the ring to see if it was hiding something. Brok would meet Kratos and Atreus again inside the Midgard mountain. Kratos was angry over the fact he knew a way around the black fog but didn't tell him but he defended himself saying that his kind had ways of going to most places and he couldn't take Kratos with him if he wanted to. He also boasted that his kind ran the mines inside the mountain once the giants left and even improved the traps set by the giants and warned them to watch out for those traps. He would see them again after they used one of the mystic gateways to get back to Tyr's temple Atreus tried to talk to Brok but he then rudely told Atreus he was on break. Kratos wanted to leave but Brok stopped him since they had already ruined his solitude and ask them to join him. Kratos stated they were not hungry but it wasn't food he was offering Atreus soon said that they saw Sindri and he knew that Sindri worked on the Leviathan Axe again. While taking a close look at it he wondered if Sindri was eating well enough with Atreus only guessing after making more improvements to the Leviathan Axe he gave it back to Kratos.

He asked because Sindri constantly worked so much he forgets to eat and even if he remembered it he joked that he wouldn't be able to cook his own meat. Brok soon boasted that he got all the stomach in the family as well as the brains but Atreus could tell that Brok missed Sindri. However Brok denied it and asked them to leave as he was gonna take another break. After reanimating Mimir's head and lowering the water level by moving Jörmungandr he asked them for another favor. After taking a close look at the ring he believed that before Andvari was killed by the soul eater he placed his own soul in his ring in order to protect himself. He told them to meet him in the Landsuther mines and he would explain everything there after giving Atreus the ring his assumption was correct. Andvari began telling them what happened and how he trapped his own should in the ring but Brok wasn't interested. Instead he asked for Andvari's stuff particularly a hammer that could be useful to him he told Kratos and Atreus to take Andvari into the mines and if they get the hammer he would reward them for it. After delivering the hammer he wanted to melt down Andvari and used his soul to make something for Kratos and Atreus. Atreus however refused and instead convinced Kratos to keep Andvari believing he would be useful and Kratos agreed. He commented over the fact that Atreus was soft but believed that the kid would grow out of it.

He soon heard that Magni one of the sons of Thor was killed and instantly knew the Kratos and Atreus were involved. He warned them it would be bad news once Thor found out but was also glad that an Aesir was gone and was gonna give them the next upgrade free but he was joking. When Atreus was sick and Kratos had to save him he traveled back to his home to get the blades of chaos as he was going to Helheim and they would be necessary in order to save his son. After getting the blades he returned to Tyr's temple using the mystic portal near his home and Brok sensed he had the blades of chaos. Brok was intrigued and impressed by the blades of chaos and wondered where Atreus was and Kratos told him he was sick. Brok thought it was the Aesir but Kratos told him that it was his fault and his responsibility to make it right. When Brok commented over the fact that people need to take responsibility for their actions sometimes he wanted to help Kratos and asked if he could tag along. Kratos refused stating that the work he does in his workshops is enough Brok agreed and he instead decided to keep an eye on Kratos.

After Kratos killed the bridge keeper troll Brok appeared to help Kratos he took the blades of chaos and managed to improve them so they could take the winds of Helheim. This allowed Kratos to use the winds of Helheim to operate some of the machines in Helheim making it that much easier for him to return to Midgard. After returning to Midgard he also used the winds of Helheim to improve the mystic portals now making them go to and from. He warned them there would be some kinks to work out but it would get them too Freya and he would be relived in seeing Atreus again. He would see them again in the mountain of Midgard and noticed the tension between Kratos and Atreus. When Baldur took Atreus from Kratos and planned to take him to Asgard Kratos went after him. Brok wondered who activated the temple but Kratos more worried about saving his son ignored him He would meet them again after they escaped Helheim. They asked Brok if he could make a key for a door inside the temple but he refused as it wasn't a weapon or an instrument of war. Even if he wanted to make it he didn't have the resources or tools to make the thing that is until Sindri appeared. Sindri believed they could make it but they would need skap slag and Brok wondered where he would find Skap slag he soon showed Brok he found one. Putting him in a good mood he decided to help build the key and stated he could grow too after finishing it they put their brand on it and managed to repair their friendship as well. They soon tasked the pair with looking for the ingredients to create the legendary Dvegræðikr armor and told them Mostsognir already found two of them and to look at his castle in Konunsgard to find them. After giving it to Brok and Sindri Atreus wondered how they could make an armor out of the three ingredients but Brok refused to say as it was a trade secret and they have their ways.

Even after returning the Jotunheim tower back to the temple of Try both Kratos and Atreus still couldn't go their because it didn't have a travel crystal. A fail-safe Tyr created to make sure the Aesir couldn't reach Jotunheim and used his own bifrost eyes to refract the energy. When Atreus said they could use Mimir instead they couldn't as he only had one eye and they needed both in order to reach Jotunheim he told the pair that he would see Brok and Sindri on the mountain every time Odin visited him and they may know where it is. Both dwarves told the pair that Odin appeared after removing Mimir's eye and asked that they built him a statue with a container to hide it but they refused. Brok did say that he got it built either way and told them it was the statue of Thor in the lake of nine that same one that Jormungandr ate. After finally reaching Jotunheim both Brok and Sindri appeared wanting to congratulate the two for finishing the journey. Not wanting to ruin the moment between Kratos and Atreus he asked to be left behind but they were worried if they did Odin would come and get it so they were forced to leave him with the dwarves much to his dismay. Brok said he had special plans for Mimir and Mimir told the two to hurry back. Eventually after they returned from Jotunheim they found Mimir on the floor in the front of the door to Jotunheim where he stated he was at his limit with dwarven charm. He stated they took a lot of precautions and began talking about the weather.

When Kratos and Atreus returned to Midgard they could hear them arguing about the weather with Brok believing it was Fimbulwinter because of all the snow but Sindri said otherwise he also told Atreus if they weren't going home to keep moving and don't die. They also told Atreus about his mother being Laufey the Just the last guardian of Jotunheim and they gave her the leviathan axe to restore balance to the world after Thor's rampage but instead she chose a different path and that was her family. He would see the pair again in Muspelheim and told them their were several mystical portals they could use to traverse Muspelheim much easier. Kratos would also sell Sigrun's helmet to them for a lot of hack silver and both took it for their collection.

Personality

By Lady Sif's soft, perfect sloshers!

–Brok after seeing the gate to Jötunheim.

Although Brok is harmless, he is often rude, slovenly and ill-mannered. He frequently swears at Kratos and Atreus, even giving his beast (Huldra Creature) of burden the name "fucking gratitude". He also rivals his brother in forging skills. His personality is the opposite of his brother Sindri, who is polite and somewhat cowardly.

Despite his crude attitude, he is generally good-natured, and comes to care for Kratos and Atreus. He shows genuine concern when he learns of Atreus's sickness and assists him by imbuing Kratos' Blades of Chaos with the winds of Helheim. However, he is somewhat irritated when Atreus tries to get him and his brother back on good terms. Brok also finds Atreus's sentimental and "softy" attitude annoying at times. Despite this, he was grateful to the boy for getting him and his brother to work together again.

Brok does seem to have a particular interest in the works of foreign realms, as he immediately sensed Kratos's Blades of Chaos, saying he reeked of "foreign magick". He knew immediately that the blades were not from the Nine Realms and were something special, despite Kratos's reservations on using the blades, to begin with.

Like his brother, although not at the same extent, Brok expresses regret for forging Mjölnir for Thor, as the god used the weapon to slaughter the giants and commit other atrocities.

Son, my brother and me created Mjolnir for the big idiot.

–Brok to Kratos when seeing the Blades of Chaos.

Like Sindri, Brok hates the Aesir gods. He and his brother, Sindri were forced by Odin to construct the statues of Thor which they disgusted and even though they've declined. Brok called Thor as the "big idiot". He called Magni a loudmouth. He also know that Magni's death would be bad news for Kratos and Atreus if Thor finds out. He called Baldur a "scruffy fella, bout yea high, doesn't feel pain".

Powers and Abilities 

Brok and Sindri's brand before being split in half

Brok and Sindri's brand after being reunited

  • Dwarven Magic: As a Dwarf, Brok can use magic very effectively. Mostly, he uses his magic to enter The Realms between Realms in order to enter any places in the nine worlds and make himself invisible. That explains why Brok and his shop can appear anywhere in all the realms without getting into any trouble or challenges. But it seems that it doesn't work on dragons. In addition, Brok can infuse his weapons with magic to make them more effective in combat. Brok has shown the ability to sense foreign magic, immediately detecting it from the Blades of Chaos.
  • Master Inventor: Brok is a skilled inventor, especially in weaponry, armor and other war items. With the necessary materials, Brok can make or improve items for Kratos and Atreus. He and his brother, Sindri, had created Mjölnir, one of the most powerful weapons in Norse mythology and Leviathan, a powerful magic axe with ice magic. Both weapons can go back into the owner's hand if they wanted. However, Brok personally prefers doing weapons and nothing small, delicate and precise like his brother.


Trivia

  • Despite being dwarves, Brok and Sindri are still referred to as "the Huldra brothers", when the Hulder is an unrelated female species from Scandinavian folklore.
    • Atreus brings this up to Mimir at one point, and Mimir implies the reasons behind this are not suitable to tell a young child.
  • His Greek equivalent is Hephaestus, in term of craftsmanship abilities.
  • His brother Sindri claims that his skin was blued due to his blacksmithing silver metals with his bare hands, which resulted in him developing Argyria.
    • However the Lost Page of Norse Myth episode, The Forging of Leviathan, contradicts this, as it states that while Brok and Sindri were creating the axe, a spider bit him which poisoned Brok and killed him on the spot. Sindri had to go to Alfheim and dove into the Lake of Souls to claim Brok's spirit before it would be lost forever. When Brok came back to life his skin remained blue and Sindri became twitchy.[1]
  • He and his brother were responsible for creating Thor's hammer, Mjölnir. Mimir claims that the two brothers were trying to make a name for themselves, but may have overdone it. The resulting destruction caused by Thor wielding the hammer they made started creating the rift between Brok and Sindri, which eventually evolved into a feud.
  • Brok generally prefers to make weapons, armour or instruments of war, rather than miscellaneous objects not meant for combat.
  • He and his brother shared a brand that they used to mark their work, including the Leviathan and Mjölnir. When the two went their separate ways, they split the brand down the middle and each took half. Once reunited, they created a new brand.
  • Along with Sindri, Brok knew of Faye's true nature as a giant, as well as Atreus' status as a half-Giant.
  • Brok is noticeably shorter than his brother.
  • Brok is not allowed back in Alfheim on the account of multiple offences of swearing, stealing and something that Atreus is not old enough to hear.
  • To comfort Kratos about his ill son, Brok claims to have once accidentally decapitated himself and says he's "no worse for wear".
  • After Kratos and Atreus depart from Alfheim, Brok's Beast, "Fucking Gratitude", is noticeably missing. When asked by Atreus as to what happened to her, Brok claims that he ate the beast, much to the boy's disgust.
  • Brok claimed that he cut off his head as a child and is none of the worst for it. Mark of the cut and reattachment can be seen faintly around Brok's neck.
  • When Atreus tries introducing Mimir to him, the two commented that they've met before and it is implied they've done something off-screen that made them dislike each other but Kratos cut off the conversation before the two could elaborate further.
  • Like his brother Sindri, Brok completely vanishes when Kratos and Atreus travelled past his workshop with Freya. Why they both choose to hide from her is currently unknown.
  • If Kratos cuts in front of Brok while he walks to his workshop in Tyr's Bridge, he will admonish Kratos for his actions.

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