Origin and youth in Vanaheim
Thief in Shadizar
In Shadizar, Zamora, Fafnir was a thief working alongside Blackrat. One night, after Fafnir had subdued a goldsmith, Blackrat stabbed him, and the pair stole three gold items. They were fighting over the dividing of the loot, when they were attacked by Conan, a young thief at the time. Blackrat stabbed Fafnir while aiming for Conan, and was knocked out. Conan left with the booty, leaving Fafnir for dead. Fafnir recovered from the weak blow.
Pirate of the Inland Sea
Fafnir went on to become the captain of a crew of pirates of the Inland Sea composed of Zingaran corsairs, nomads out of Zamboula, deserters from the world's navies and even one from the Aquilonian Army.
Boarding a Turanian galley, the pirates slaughtered all the crewmen, save for Conan, whom Fafnir knocked out. Though his men wanted to have Conan slain, Fafnir convinced them to spare him, if he was bound to the mast. Fafnir attempted to recruit Conan into his diminished crew, but Conan refused upon learning that Fafnir was Vanir, the enemies of the Cimmerians.
Into the storm, the ship was taken into the dreaded White Mist, where no man have ever gone and returned alive, and wrecked itself on a reef. Fafnir freed Conan before leaving the ship. Fafnir lost consciousness on a a piece of wreckage, and was about to be devoured by a shark, but was saved by Conan. Stranded on the beach of Bal-Sagoth, Fafnir was defied by Conan, full of racial hatred for the Vanir. Fafnir reluctantly accepted, but soon laid down his weapon, soon followed by Conan, thus started the friendship between them.
At that instant, Groth-Golka, the last of the Lizard-Gods appeared, pursuing a girl. In a remarkable feat of strength, attributed to Fafnir's invocations of his gods, Fafnir broke the monster's neck. The girl, Kyrie, was the Vanir daughter of Rane, the Reaver. Stranded on the isle alone, she was confused by the natives of Bal-Sagoth as the sea-goddess Aala. Eventually, she was exiled to the other part of the isle by her rival, old Gothan.
Kyrie offered the two warriors great rewards for their help, intending to use the legend which said that when two men would come out of the sea, Bal-Sagoth would fall. In the city, "Aala" warned the people, and forced the king, Ska to step forward.
Free Companions and Kozaks
Fafnir became involved in the Free Companions and the Kozaki, led by Conan, alongside other of Conan's fellow warriors befriended along his adventures, such as Zula, Red Sonja, and Turghol.Fafnir remained with Conan, Zula and other Kozaki, opposing Turanian attempts at the annexation of the Grassy Steppers spanning from Zamora to the Vilayet Sea. They stopped a Turanian squad (tasked by Shah Amurath, lord of Akif) to retrieve the Sacred Fire of Ormuz and the bones of the sorcerer Kulan Gath for Prince Yezdigerd) on the trail of Isparana (a former Kozak herself, who had stolen the Turanian sergeant's mount after being recognized as a Kozak). The Turanians were easily slain, though Fafnir came close to fall under possession of his demon hand. Learning of the Turanian plot, Conan dispatched Zula, Fafnir, and Isparana to bring the Kozaks on, going himself to Armati to obtain the items desired by Shah Amurath. Defeated by Armati and the Turanians, Zula, Fafnir and Isparana were closing by the Kozaks when Isparana made up a pretext to go to her baby (born from her mating with the demon Wrarrl the Devourer of Souls), only to discover her "son" had grown into the fully adult Wrarrl. Suspicious of Isparana, Zula and Fafnir parted ways, Fafnir following her while Zula went to the Kozaks. Arriving to Isparana's hideout, Fafnir help Isparana to escape by collapsing the cave over Wrarrl. Meanwhile, Conan was captured and sent to the Hanging Gardens. As Kulan Gath was resurrected and Conan upon to be slain, the Kozaks charged upon Akif, while Isparana and Fafnir scaled the wall and assisted Conan directly, freeing from the vines of the Hanging Gardens. The three then cut their way through Turanian soldiers. The fight escalated with the death of Armati, the summoning of the fire-demon Ormuz, the timely arrival of Wrarrl who protected his "mother", the death of Kulan Gath, and finally the destruction of the Great Dam of Akif, flooding the city (though sparing Shah Amurath, who would likely lust for revenge), allowing the Kozaks to retreat, to fight another day.
Fafnir invoked the name of Gods of the North, such as Bragi and Ymir's name, but also mentioned "Dagon's cellar" (possibly mentioning the eldritch horror, aquatic monster, and possible Great Old One).
Powers and Abilities
- Fafnir was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Smith in the original story "Devil-Wings Over Shadizar" (Conan the Barbarian #6; June, 1971).
- Fafnir and Blackrat were created by Thomas as a nod to Fritz Leiber's creations Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Adventures of Fritz Lieber's heroes were published by Marvel Comics imprint Epic Comics, in four books named Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (October, 1990 to January, 1991) "based on the characters created by Fritz Leiber".
- In the story "Gods of Bal-Sagoth" Conan the Barbarian #17 and #18; August and September, 1972), written by Roy Thomas and penciled by Gil Kane, freely adapted from the Turlogh Dubh O'Brien and Cthulhu Mythos story (published in Weird Tales; October, 1931), Fafnir took the place of Athelstane, a Saxon. Fafnir fits many aspects of the character: a bulky warrior from an enemy-people to the protagonist's own race, and whom he had encountered and battled previously.
- Fafnir's first appearance was unmemorable enough for Roy Thomas to pass over it unmentioned in his Conan Comics Chronology, and started mentioning him only in the next chapter of the guide, recounting the events of Conan the Barbarian #17 and #18.
- Finally, the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe mentions that Fafnir might be inspired by another Vanirman ally of Conan, Sigurd.
- 20 appearance(s) of Fafnir Hellhand (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Fafnir Hellhand (Earth-616)
- 3 mentions of Fafnir Hellhand (Earth-616)
- 3 image(s) of Fafnir Hellhand (Earth-616)