Ullr (pronounced “ULL-er,” often Anglicized as “Ull,” and also occasionally referred to as “Ullinn”) is an obscure and enigmatic Norse god. References to him in Old Norse literature are sparse and tell us little to nothing about his personality or role in pre-Christian religion and mythology. Nevertheless, these passing references indicate that he was once a deity of considerable importance, even if we don’t know why.
Ullr is the son of the grain goddess Sif, and therefore the stepson of the thunder god Thor. Kennings establish that Ullr is an excellent archer, hunter, skater, and skier, handsome, warlike, and an especially apt deity to invoke before a duel. “Ullr’s ship” is a kenning for “shield,” which indicates that there was a tale of his traveling across the ocean on a shield, but if so, this tale has been lost. One of the poems in Poetic Edda, the Grímnismál, states that his home is called Ýdalir, “Yew Dales.” Yew wood was preferred above that of all other trees for making bows, which probably explains this association.
In the God of War Series
God of War (2018)
Powers and Abilities
- Immortality: as a Norse God, Ullr is immortal. Only a sufficiently powerful weapon or an extremely powerful being can kill him.
- Master Combatant: As the God of Hunt and Archery, Ullr must be an experienced combatant
- His Greek equivalents (in terms of being son to Sif, the Goddess of Fertility) are Ares and (in terms of being the God of Hunt and Skier) Artemis.
- Atreus is fond of Ullr and his adventures with Týr.