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Tomb Raider Underworld

Gods & Monsters: The Naga

One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous instalments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully re-imagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

5 Fantastic Online Resources on Norse Mythology

Valhalla, Mjölnir, Asgard, Thor, Helheim... All of these names will be familiar to those who have played Tomb Raider: Underworld or are fans of Marvel Comics’ long-running Thor comic-book series. But if you’re longing to learn more about the Norse myths and legends that helped inspire the narrative of Underworld, check out the five fantastic websites and online databases listed below! 1) Wikipedia’s Norse Mythology section – Wikipedia has its faults but you ... [Continue Reading]

November 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

The 10 Coldest Places in Tomb Raider

Winter is coming (at least here in the northern hemisphere). The days are getting shorter, there’s an icy chill in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner… So wrap up warm, grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and check out this list of the 10 coldest places Lara Croft has visited over the years! Here they are in no particular order: 1) The Peruvian Andes (Tomb Raider 1 & Anniversary) One of my earliest memories of Tomb Raider is of our beloved protagonist and her ... [Continue Reading]

December 6, 2013 // 9 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Jan Mayen Island

In the last edition of Lara’s Travels, we looked at the real and in-game Tomb of Semerkhet in Egypt. This time, we will be leaving the scorching deserts of Egypt behind us and will be turning our attention to a remote, volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean: Jan Mayen. Lara travels to Jan Mayen in Tomb Raider: Underworld in search of Valhalla and Thor’s legendary hammer, Mjölnir, in order to put an end to Natla’s plans to bring about the “Seventh Age” (thought to be ... [Continue Reading]

August 10, 2013 // 7 Comments

Guest Blog: Gates of Hel: The Norse Cosmology Behind Tomb Raider: Underworld

In Tomb Raider: Underworld (2009), we follow Lara as she visits a number of Norse ‘underworlds’, scattered across locations including Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Thailand. Here she finds a series of artefacts allowing her to wield Thor’s legendary hammer Mjölnir, the key to opening the gates of Helheim, where she discovers the truth of her mother’s disappearance (following on from Legend’s plot). Unsurprisingly, the mythological and historical background of the game has been ... [Continue Reading]

August 6, 2013 // 7 Comments