I bought some equipment that should make Kratos' life a bit easier, and killed a big troll dude, which yielded the third apple that leveled up my health. That'll help a lot. I got through the first area, met the World Serpent, and got a hold of a boat.
Even though I was almost too tired, I played a bit more God of War with Nabaz watching for 10 minutes and then falling asleep. :) I really like the Ogre that suddenly showed up, it looks like a big chimpanzee.
A few character revelations: The witch is Freya, the guy who attacked Kratos in his home was Balder (the invincible son of Odin), and Kratos just chopped the head of Mimer and got Freya to reanimate it. Also, the boy is definitely not what he seems.
I retrieved the magic chisel from the dead giant, a fantastic area with some truly spectacular scenery. This game keeps overwhelming me with how great the environments are, and the game is a joy to play. There are maybe a bit too many puzzles for my taste, and all the bomb-flower stuff gets a little bit tedious, but there always seem to be a little twist on the ideas, making it just interesting enough that you keep playing.
completed the game on Give Me a Challenge (3/4) difficulty.
Balder is dead, and Freya's rage will be terrible. I really like her turn, it makes sense emotionally, and is a great core for a sequel. I traveled to Jotunheim, the land of the Giants, and feel stupid that I've spent a long time not realizing that 'Giants' and the danish 'Jætter' is the same word. I get it now. All the giants are dead, except for Atreus, who turns out to be Loke. Of course he is. I believe I had that theory early on, but was sidetracked by his greek name. Anyway, he's not turned fully evil yet, but we know it'll happen later on.