Chatting about Hildr
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Hello there! Here’s my final chat with an actor from the Valkyrie trailer. In this brief video I speak with actress Keetin Marchi about the Valkyrie Hildr! If you missed the other chats, you can check the Updates tab to find them.
Also, you can find the transcription of this video interview below.
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Valkyrie Chatting about Hildr Transcript
WILLIAM: Hello! Keetin, thank you for being here today.
KEETIN: Thanks for having me.
WILLIAM: Talking about Hildr, who you play in the trailer. And when we first meet Hildr in the novel, what does she want?
KEETIN: That’s the mystery of it. She’s testing these other characters, confronting them, not with physical challenges or quests, but by putting their beliefs about themselves through various crucibles, and then, or so you think, she judges them when they die.
WILLIAM: How is Hildr the Valkyrie different than the other characters in the book?
KEETIN: For one thing, she exists outside of time, and her perceptions are broader, and she recognizes there are worlds within worlds, each created by our perception, and in the book this manifests as theatrical stages. And the other characters are the players on the stage, and they see the stage as their entire world, but Hildr can see the stage for what it is— and she can also see the audience. The audience is also made of actors, so they exist on even another stage. And so on. And so on.
WILLIAM: Yet, she’s unaware of the sea-draugr, and the threat that they pose to the other characters?
KEETIN: Yeah, uhm, for most of the book she’s too wrapped up in her own drama to even acknowledge their existence. Ah, she turns a blind eye to their involvement in the greater story, ah, which is based on a stone, a very special stone. The only way to get to this stone is to set free a great evil, so the question is, do we unleash evil if it’s the only way to attain what we desire? And that answer is often, “yeah.”
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