Quote1 There are many breeds of Giants in Jotunheim. Mountain Giants. Storm Giants. Brine Giants in their shanties made of smashed ships. Man-eating Lard Giants and black-winged Shadow Giants and warrior She-Giants with spears that could touch the cloud. But since the beginning of time, there has always been one race race of Giants more fearsome than all the rest. Giants, they say, that even Gods have learned to fear. The Frost Giants. Lords of the rime and the cold. Quote2


Many types of Giants dwell in the Realm of Asgard, and mostly in Jotunheim. The Giants of Jothunheim are also known as Etins,[1] Jotunkind,[2] Giantkind,[3] Jotnar,[2] Jötunn,[4] or Jotuns.[citation needed]

There is no known relation between the Giants of Otherworld, and the Giants of Jotunheim (nor the Gigantes).[5] Some of those are originated from Niffleheim, where was born Ymir,[6] and some still live there.[7]

The shape-shifting giantess Angerboda, born to the Elderspawn Vârcolac and Echidna (respectivelly spawn of the Elder Gods Chthon and Set),[8] was considered a giant of Jotunheim.[9]

Human-sized Giants of Jotunheim

Some giants are of reduced height,[10] like Solveig,[3] Bragmir[11] or Sludge.[12] Some are even human-sized (or god-sized), like Knorda,[13] Loki[14][15] the hybrid Skurge,[16] and possibly Jack Frost.[17]

Races of Giants of Jotunheim


  1. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 3 #3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mighty Thor #12.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thor Annual #12
  4. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Loki's entry
  5. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Otherworld's entry
  6. Journey into Mystery #97
  7. Mighty Thor #10
  8. Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Werewolves' entry
  9. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Hela's entry
  10. Marvel Legacy #1
  11. Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #11
  12. Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2 #9
  13. Journey into Mystery #109
  14. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #1; Asgardians' entry
  15. Thor: Asgard's Avenger #1; Asgardians' appendix, Loki's entry
  16. Thor: Asgard's Avenger #1; Asgard's entry
  17. Marvel Encyclopedia #1; Jack Frost's entry

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