Alan Wake and the Bible Part 1: Old Gods of Asgard (The Anderson Brothers)

*Note: there is an audio version of this article:

Tor and Odin Anderson are the brothers who formed the fictional rock band, Old Gods of Asgard.

Tor named himself after Thor, while his brother/bandmate named himself Odin. These are both Norse gods-one of lightning and the other the ruler of Asgard, respectively.  A little bit of what Alan Wake has to say about the Anderson brothers:

  • The Andersons feel like gods. Odin can’t stop laughing, he contemplates cutting his eye out [the Odin of mythology was missing an eye]. Tor runs across the field, naked, shrieking, hammer in his hand, trying to catch lighting.
  • Lightning flashed behind the window of Cauldron Lake Lodge. Tor Anderson laughed and held the steel hammer above his head. Nurse Sinclair was trying to calm him down without success.

Tor grinned madly and shouted: “My hammer’s up! Here’s a friendly poke from Mjölnir [Mjölnir was the hammer Thor used in mythology], wench!””

He brought the hammer down with all his might on Sinclair’s head. “We’re on a comeback tour, baby!””

Alan says this about the Anderson brothers in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare:

  • …But there’s something in them, something powerful that took hold when they were touched by the powers beyond, a thing that goes far beyond just stage names. Something godlike.
  • Getting the Andersons into the recording studio was a struggle and a half, but once they actually picked up the instruments, something happened. They were two old men, and they weren’t; they were doddering bags of bone, and they were barely contained power… And there was music.

Hebrews 13:15 shows that praise can be a sacrifice:

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

1 Corinthians 10:19-20 explains that things sacrificed to idols is not really to the idols, but to devils:

What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

Habakkuk 3:3-4 links the passages above to Alan Wake:

God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

This is how it all connects:

The Norse gods (The “Old Gods of Asgard” in the band’s title) are revealed to be devils in 1 Corinthians. The Anderson’s sacrifice of praise to devils is going out through the Earth due to their management by Barry Wheeler. Then, we see Alan Wake’s quote “they were doddering bags of bone, and they were barely contained power” referring to these aged rockers when they perform.

Many rock stars are known for making a horned symbol while performing, much like the one Tor is doing in the picture below, taken directly from the game:

This lines up with Habakkuk where it says, “he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

Clearly, this all points to a replacement of the one true God with devils-the Old Gods of Asgard.

A final verse:

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22)

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About Nelson

Writer, amateur #gamedev, and Founder o' Video Games and the Bible. My interviews bring the boys to the yard. Featured from Kotaku to Rock Paper Shotgun. Dropsy.
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