The Vikings had all kinds of cool cultural traditions, from democratic councils and formal duelling rites to one of the earliest known forms of what we’d now call the rap battle: Flyting. See, the Vikings had rhyming insult-fights attested to in both historical record, myth, and semi-historical records like the Icelandic Sagas. There are flytings between the gods Odin and Thor, for example, or between Loki and literally every other god because nobody really likes Loki very much. (If you’re like me, you know this practice from the old english word flite via Beowulf.)

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will include this rhythmic poetry in the form of flyting between game protagonist Eivor and other warriors. These are boasting competitions where warriors, often around the table at the mead hall, would playfully insult each other to a rhythmic scheme. Here’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Alsmail with the details:

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