What Is the Meaning of “Elden Ring”? Miyazaki’s Commentary and Theories of the Community

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During the Microsoft E3 2019 conference, FromSoftware officially announced Elden Ring, a new videogame work whose realization could count on the support of the writer George RR Martin.

In a substantial interview, Hidetaka Miyazaki later provided more details on the game, confirming that Elden Ring will be an open world and will include GDR elements telling the first background. The author, however, has been rather greedy for information regarding the meaning of the title. When asked about it, he stated: “Elden Ring is the name given to a mysterious concept that defines the world itself. As the trailer of the conference has hinted, the ‘Elden Ring’ has been destroyed. The meaning of this will be one of the important themes of the game. It’s all I can say right now (laughs) “.

However, the rather cryptic nature of the first trailer has already pushed the videogame community into the ever intriguing realm of speculation, some of which would like the game inspired by Finnish mythology. In particular, references to “The Kalevala” are suggested, an epic poem was written in the nineteenth century by Elias Lönnrot. In this sense, the “Elden Ring” is associated with the “Sampo”, a mysterious magical artifact, while the three characters glimpsed in the trailer are related to three protagonists of the myth: in particular Ilmarinen (a sort of semi-divine figure, would embody a blacksmith responsible for the forging of Sampo himself), Lemminkainen and Vainamoinen.

Unfortunately, to know what really lies behind this intriguing title, we just have to wait for From Software to decide to offer us official details about it! Meanwhile: what are your hypotheses?