Overview

Aesgaard occupied an area in the far north of the Hyborian world. Along with its western neighbor, Vanaheim, it formed the region called Nordheim.[6]

History

Age of Conan

Following the path told to them by Maheeva, Conan and Veden Kamal climbing beyond the tip of Aesgaard over the frozen mountains to reach the Valley of Eternal Darkness and retrieve the Jewelled Sword of Tem.[7]

After the Age of Conan

Following the reign of King Conan of Aquilonia, Aesir mercenaries usurped the government of Nemedia. There, they held their ground against the invading hordes of Hyrknians.[8]

End of the Hyborian Age

The Aesir still living in Aesgaard were forced to flee by the glaciers, and swarmed into Brythunia, where they became known as the Brythons or Britons.[8]

After the end of the Ice Age, the heights of Asgard became the Scandinavian Peninsula,[9] along with Northern Vanaheim was part of Scandinavia as well[10] (while Vanaheim in general was submerged by the Norwegian Sea.[11]

Facts

Aesgaard occupied an area in the far north of the Hyborian world. Along with its western neighbor, Vanaheim, it formed the region called Nordheim.[6]

The terrain of Aesgaard comprised three separate zones:

  • The southern lowlands were forested areas.
  • The central areas contained a sizable tundra.
  • The northernmost areas were mountainous and permanently covered in snow.

Aesgaard was unsuitable for agriculture; however, local species such as the musk ox, the mammoth, the moose, and the snow bear provided sustenance to the local tribes.

The local population were called Aesir. They were typically blonde-haired and blue-eyed. They were fierce warriors, though with a taste for nocturnal revelry. They were not unified politically, as each tribe had its own leader. They were a nation, however, through sharing the same culture and religion. Their supreme deity was Ymir. The Aesir maintained hereditary enmity with the Vanir and the Hyperboreans, while they maintained a long-standing informal alliance with the Cimmerians.[6]

Points of Interest

Notes

  • Aesgaard is a variant spelling of Asgard used by Marvel Comics,[12] used to distinguish it from the mythological Asgard.[13][14]

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. Giant-Size Conan #1; Conan the Conqueror - The Hour of the Dragon - Chapter One
  2. Supernatural Thrillers #3
  3. Savage Sword of Conan #30; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age Part I; Aesir's entry
  4. Savage Sword of Conan #200
  5. Savage Sword of Conan #142
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Aesgaard's entry
  7. Conan the Barbarian #164
  8. 8.0 8.1 Savage Sword of Conan #30; A Gazeteer of the Hyborian Age, Part I: Aesir's entry
  9. Savage Sword of Conan #30; A Gazeteer of the Hyborian Age, Part I: Asgard's entry
  10. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #2; Ulysses Bloodstone's profile
  11. Savage Sword of Conan #40; A Gazeteer of the Hyborian Age, Part VIII: Vanaheim's entry
  12. Savage Sword of Conan #30; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age Part I; Aesgaard's entry
  13. Conan the Barbarian #3; Hyboria Page: Letter from Lewis Forro
  14. Conan the Adventurer #1; The Second Coming of Conan
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