In Norse mythology, Hræsvelgr (Old Norse "Corpse Swallower") is a giant who takes the form of an eagle.
According to stanza 37 of the poem Vafpruonismal from the Poetic Edda, he sits at the end of the world (or the northern edge of the heavens) and causes the wind to blow when he beats his wings in flight. This is repeated by Snorri in the Gylfaginning section of his Prose Edda.
Hræsvelg is first shown when Kratos travels to Helheim to claim the Bridge Keeper's heart in order to cure his son. It appears that Hræsvelg is a neutral entity since he remains indifferent to all the events he witnessed.
- It's possible that Hræsvelg is the one responsible for causing Helheim to be a frozen wasteland, as his mighty wings flapping could be what causes the severe winds like it does in Norse Mythology.
- If one looks in the background during the section on the flying ship, Hraesvelg can be seen relentlessly batting his four wings as the ship sails (unlike normal Helheim events where he just sits still), implying that his wings are providing the ship's momentum.
- His conceptual art makes a nod to Atlas.
- Both are before a world where the dead walk. Atlas before Elysium and Hræsvelg before Helheim.
- Both have a gigantic appearance.
- Both have 4 arms which are extended.
- The two are standing on top of a pillar.
- In the illustrations, they dominate the color red and cyan, curiously both are opposite colors.