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Quote1 Alfheim. Realm of the Elves. Ice Elves and Spice Elves. Air Elves in their wondrous flying machines. Sea Elves in their coral castles along the Hummingbird Bay. Triple-jointed Pleasure Elves. Elves of the Vale with their herds of wild 'corns. Moon Elves all aglow with Firefly Wine. Together they form the Light Elves. A Kingdom of enchanted forests and natural champagne springs and more gardens than there are stars. A kingdom of Faeries and candy farmers, of Mermaids lagoons and orchards the size of oceans. A place of peace otherworldly wonder. An Elvish Paradise. Quote2
-- Thor Odinson src

History

Overview

Alfheim is one of the Ten Realms and exists on the highest level of the World Tree[3] along with Asgard and Vanaheim.[4] Its inhabitants are the Light Elves.

Geography

Alfheim is as a kingdom of enchanted forests, candy vegetation, rivers and springs of wine, and beautiful gardens.[1] The capital city of the realm is the castle stronghold of Ljosalfgard.[5]


Several tribes of Light Elves, Faeries, Pixies, and Mermaids inhabit various regions and climates of Alfheim along with magical fauna such as Unicorns and winged cat steeds.[6][1][7]

Politics and Leadership

Alfheim is a monarchy ruled by Queen Aelsa Featherwine of the Fay.[8][9] The realm was formerly ruled by Lord Frey and his lady wife, Gerd.[citation needed]

Alfheim is represented in the Congress of Worlds by two Light Elf senators one being Milkmane.[10] Ayelah represented her world on the council for a time.[11]

History

Early Years

A young Loki traveled to Alfheim during his mystical training.[12] Thor was also sent there during his training.[13]

Modern Days

Lady Sif confronted Red Norvell in Alfheim when he gained the power of Thor. He used his powers to attack the peaceful Light Elves.[14]

Loki tricked Northstar of Alpha Flight into believing he had a Light Elf mother.[15] This prompted him to journey to Alfheim to learn the truth. However the truth was revealed and he return home to rejoin his team.[7]

Hrinmeer the Flame was half-Light Elf and half-Asgardian Fire Demon. Despising the Light Elves, he attacked the realm.[16]

Ragnarök

During Ragnarok, Thor found a thinner Volstagg in Alfheim after the hordes of Loki attacked there, killing Fandral and Hogun.[17]

The World Eaters

At least one Ice Elf city in Alfheim was destroyed and its inhabitants killed by the Ano-Athox's rampage over the Nine Realms.[6]

War of Burning/Everything Burns

For the full presentation of this event, please consult the War of Burning page.

The Light Elves battle the Fire Demon hordes of Surtur who wished to destroy their realm.[18] They were able to protect their world.[19]

League of Realms

The League of Realms tracked Malekith the Accursed and his Dark Elves to Alfheim, and manage to stop them, but once again Malekith slipped away. Thor worried about his League falling apart in front of him, but figured out a way for them to bond together, even if for just a little while. They head to the nearest tavern, where Thor and Ogg engage in a drinking contest, while the others wager on the winner. Later, outside, Thor has other plans for winning Waziria's trust, and kisses her passionately.[1]

War of the Realms

For the opening salvo of his War of the Realms, Malekith declared war against Alfheim. He slaughtered countless of Light Elves and marched towards Ljosalfgard.[10] Complying to ancient treaties,[20] the Dwarves of Nidavellir agreed to welcome Light Elf refugees into their land.[9] While Thor (Jane Foster) assisted the Light Elves in fighting the invading forces, Queen Aelsa held a meeting with Malekith to negotiate peace. The Dark Elf King had her brainwashed with magic and forced to take his hand in marriage to unify the Light and the Dark Elves.[9] Following the marriage, Aelsa snapped out of the brainwashing, but before she could take action, she was imprisoned in her own dungeons.[21]

The Dark Elves proceeded to raze Afheim and consume its resources over the following months.[22] When the League of Realms traveled to Alfheim to rescue Queen Aelsa, Malekith set in motion his plan to burn down Alfheim after having determined the realm outlived its usefulness. After starting a fire, Malekith attempted to murder Queen Aelsa. While she was plummeting to her death, Aelsa was saved by Mjolnir and taken to safety. Thor subsequently cast a storm to extinguish the flames, but most of Ljosalfgard had already burned down.[23]

In the months that follow, the denizens of Afheim lived in squalor, wanting to avenge their fallen realm for what Malekith had done. Eventually, the Punisher arrived via the Black Bifrost and brought the Light Elves to Midgard, where other realms victimized by the war were converging for one last stand against Malekith.[24]

Alternate Realities

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Earth-8096)

Alfheim from Avengers- Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 20 002

Alfheim

When Baron Zemo used the Norn Stones; Hawkeye was transported to Alfheim.[25] When he awoke he found the Light Elves fighting a desperate battle against Loki's forces, composed mainly of monstrous wolves. Hawkeye teamed up with Faradei to beat back the forces.[26]


2010's Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-12041)

Jolnir (Earth-12041) from Marvel Super Hero Adventures Frost Fight 001

Jolnir as "Santa Claus"

On Earth-12041, Alfheim is home to Jolnir who on Midgard is known as "Santa Claus".[27]

King Thor: The End of Time (Earth-14412)

Alfheim was destroyed by Loki.[8]


Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

Alfheim from Thor- The Dark World 001

Alfheim

When Thor was exiled to Midgard, he asked "You! What realm is this? Alfheim, Nornheim?"[28] Alfheim later appeared during the convergence of realms that occurred every 5000 years.[29]


Spider-Man Unlimited (Earth-TRN461)

Thor visited Alfheim during a four day weekend.[30]


Points of Interest

Ljosalfgard from Mighty Thor Vol 2 2 001

Ljosalfgard, the capital city of Alfheim

Map of Alfheim from Mighty Thor Vol 2 3

Map of Alheim

Residents

Ice Elves from Thor Vol 1 615 001

Ice Elves

Alfheim from Aspha Flight Vol 1 81 001

Fairies

Riding cat from Aspha Flight Vol 1 81

The winged riding cats

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Thor: God of Thunder #15
  2. Marvel Graphic Novel #15
  3. Thor: The Legend #1
  4. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #6
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Mighty Thor Vol 2 #2
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thor #615-616
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Alpha Flight #81
  8. 8.0 8.1 Thor Annual Vol 4 #1
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Mighty Thor Vol 2 #4
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Mighty Thor Vol 2 #1
  11. Mighty Thor #10
  12. 12.0 12.1 Thor #400
  13. 13.0 13.1 Thor #466
  14. Thor #277-278
  15. Alpha Flight #50
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Thor Annual #18
  17. Thor Vol 2 #82
  18. Mighty Thor #19
  19. Journey into Mystery #643
  20. Mighty Thor Vol 2 #20
  21. Mighty Thor Vol 2 #5
  22. Mighty Thor Vol 2 #13
  23. Mighty Thor Vol 2 #14
  24. War of the Realms #4
  25. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 19
  26. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Animated Series) Season 1 20
  27. Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight
  28. Thor (film)
  29. Thor: The Dark World
  30. Spider-Man Unlimited (video game)
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 31.6 31.7 31.8 Thor Vol 4 #7
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