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Real Name
Aliases
Howard "Howie" Barker,[1] God of Speed[2]
Relatives
Buri (Tiwaz) (paternal great-grandfather);

Bor (paternal grandfather);
Bestla (paternal grandmother);
Mimir, Njord (paternal great-uncles);
Odin (father);
Frigga (alleged mother, see notes);
Cul, Vili, Ve (paternal uncles);
Angela, Laussa (sisters);
Balder, Tyr Odinson (brothers);
Vidar, Thor (paternal half-brothers);
Loki (paternal adoptive brother);
Hoder (paternal cousin);

Large extended family via Loki and others
Affiliation
Base of Operations
Status
Living Status
Identity
Citizenship
Marital Status
Occupation
Deity; God of Speed
Characteristics
Gender
Height
Hair
Origin
Origin
Asgardian (son of Odin of the Aesir and presumably Frigga of the Vanir)
Reality
Place of Birth
Creators and Appearances
First Appearance

History

Young in the ranks of other Asgardian Gods, Hermod has been often employed by Odin as a messenger, thanks to his speed. One mission involved traveling to Hela to learn of ways in which his brother, Balder, might be revived.[3]

Cul's return

When Thor was imprisoned for objecting Odin's plan to raze Earth in order to defeat the Serpent, Hermod was one of the few who agreed with the Thunderer. When Loki freed Thor and met up with the Warriors Three, Sif, and himself, Hermod offered to help him escape to Midgard; however, this was discovered by Odin.[4]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Hermod had the conventional powers of the Asgardian Gods.

He can also move at incredible speeds, rivaling Hermes.[5]

Abilities

  • Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak he can communicate in all of the languages of the Nine Realms, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.

Physical Strength

Hermod can lift (press) about 30 tons under optimal conditions.

Notes

  • Although being usually stated to be Frigga's son,[6][2] those statements were balanced by others.[7][8]
    • Of note is the time when Odin cast the Asgardian people into human guises to avoid Ragnarok. Heimdall and Sif remained siblings as mortals, Volstagg and his wife remained married, but Hermod became Howie Barker, raised by his Aunt Freida (Frigga in mortal form).[1]

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

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