This story comes at a very interesting point in my life. If this was me just 1-2 months ago, I would have said “Reginn needs to get out of the way and accept that one has totally lost his mind and the guy defending him has gone full evil and they both need to be stopped by force; Otr and Fafnir need to accept that they got dealt bad hands and stop destroying lives of people who bear no guilt for it.” I haven’t stopped believing any of that, but I’m a lot more sympathetic to Reginn’s psychology because I’m in a situation right now that’s scaring a lot of the people who know me, some of them not even that well. I started out being all “my problem my consequences don’t interfere and don’t burden me with your worry” but…not entirely sure why, I changed at a pretty deep level and now I really believe there’s some value to what’s going on in Reginn’s soul. It’s really dangerous how far she’s taking it and how far the others are letting her take it, but the world needs a bit of her willingness to try and love people who have lost their moral/ethical bearings. If someone comes in talking like Otr I’d feel no remorse neutralizing him in two seconds, but irritating as I find it that she’s pleading for someone who wants to kill an entire kingdom with all its people to fill some void in his heart that can’t even be properly filled even if he succeeded in the sacrifice, I don’t hate it completely and outright. Wrong as it is, it’s not devoid of virtue.
In the end, the characters are a bit one-dimensional. It doesn’t come across in the English, but Dagr is a clown. The way her dialogue is written is supposed to be really funny (I definitely laughed quite a bit). She’s a side character, and Nott is even more of a side character who had one role in a subplot that introduced the theme of unhealthy attachments used to try to address some relational and other spiritual needs (ex: identity).
What they did to Otr, though, I do have to say is rather perfect. This is exactly what happens to people who enable abusers because they can’t find a proper way to address their psychological needs - they get, in some way or other, killed by the one they try to use to meet those needs. Reginn “should” have met a similar end if Askr didn’t beat her early and talk sense into her in the critical moment.