Norse Myths That Inspired Final Fantasy VII

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Final Fantasy is one of the most iconic and beloved videogame series in the world. Since its inception, its titles have adopted names, themes and stories from across global mythology, including the beliefs of the Vikings. Norse Myths That Inspired Final Fantasy VII embarks on a detailed exploration of how Norse lore in particular influenced the writing and design of Final Fantasy VII – arguably the most critically acclaimed of the franchise – and its wider compilation.

The book consists of 15 chapters that cover a variety of topics and draw from entries across the Compilation, including the Ultimania guidebooks and other official media. It assumes the reader is unfamiliar with the content and features an extensive summary of the saga as well as a full glossary of terms for reference. Eddaic sources are regularly cited, both from the Poetic Edda and Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda.

Suitable for newcomers and enthusiasts alike.

Audiobook narrated by Liam Mulvey.

Cover art and interior illustrations by Kayley Henderson.


The work is presented as a tribute to the metaseries Compilation of Final Fantasy® VII. The author proposes that the speculative comparisons between Norse mythology and the Compilation of Final Fantasy® VII are unique, and use original thinking and analysis to interpret the inspirations, context, and content of the metaseries. Norse Myths That Inspired Final Fantasy VII has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing Final Fantasy®, the videogames, films, or publications.


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Diverse Content

15 chapters covering a range of topics from iconic locations to summoned beings to apocalyptic events.

Suitable for All

The book includes an overview of the Vikings and their beliefs, a brief study of how mythology has been implemented in the Final Fantasy series, and a recap of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, providing the reader with a base understanding of the subject matter.

Original Artwork

In addition to the Fenrir-inspired cover design, five unique interior illustrations by Kayley Henderson accompany the section titles.

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