Appearing in "Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #97.

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  • Buri (First appearance)
  • Bor (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #97.

The first part in a series telling some of the ancient legends of Asgard, this premiere story explains the early origins of the home of the Gods and the birthplace of the mighty Thor.

It explains that the origins of these legends have their root from the Ancient Norsemen who crafted these tales. We are introduced to the Aesir (good gods) and their opponents the evil Frost Giants, and how they would wage battle in a realm bound by fire in the south and mist in the north.

At this world's end, the legends state the demon of fire, Surtur sits planning the destruction of the Gods, while deep below them all is the Well of Life. Aeons ago, the realm of Asgard was a world of pure ice until the birth of Ymir the greatest of the Frost Giants, followed by a magical cow. Soon the first of the Asgardians would be born, Buri.

As time would go on, Buri would take a wife and have a son named Borr. Borr would also have children of his own, one of them growing to be the soon mighty Odin. It would be Odin who would eventually vanquish Ymir. Following the ice giants defeat, Odin and his brothers would plant Yggdrasill, the Life Tree and protect the Earth, preparing it for the coming of man.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Odin Battles Ymir, King of the Ice Giants"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #98.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Odin Battles Ymir, King of the Ice Giants"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #98.

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War has erupted between the Asgardians and the Ice Giants. Odin joins the battle in his flying chariot. His Meteor Bolts began to drive back the Giants, until a unison of Ice Giants produces a frozen wind that downs the chariot.

Grounded, Odin strikes the earth with his sword and causes a great chasm which devours all but the mightiest of the giants, their king Ymir. He attacks Odin, and the Asgardian god appears to flee. But he actually is luring Ymir to a specific spot. Then one blow from Odin's sword causes a circle of volcanic flame to imprison the Ice Giant in an eternal trap.

Then Odin returns to his throne in Asgard.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Surtur the Fire Demon"

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Journey into Mystery #99.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Surtur the Fire Demon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #99.

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Hearing that the trolls have joined the evil Surtur, Odin invades their land. When the trolls attempt to ambush Odin, he thrusts his sword into the earth, releasing power that drives the trolls away.

Odin faces Surtur himself, as the demon transforms into a sinister multi-headed serpent. But Odin with his power draws meteors down onto Surtur.

Realizing he cannot defeat Odin directly, Surtur attacks the earth. Boring deep into the earth, he releases a huge chunk of matter into the sky which becomes earth's moon.

Using his powers, Odin constructs the Rainbow bridge which connects Asgard to earth. Upon reaching earth, Odin uses his power to set the earth spinning, trapping Surtur deep within the planet. From there the fire demon produces heat and energy for the earth. Hoping to earn freedom, Surtur presents Odin with the gift of a flying horse.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The Storm Giants"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #100.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The Storm Giants"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #100.

Thor and Loki, as boys, see two Storm Giants stealing the Golden Apples of the goddess Idunn. Entering the giants castle, Thor demands the return of the Apples. When the giant attack him, he tries to drive them back with a pepper shaker. But is captured by them.

Loki burns a pile of wet leaves to fill the castle with smoke and allows Thor to escape. He sees Loki escaping with the Apples on Agnar the King of the Eagles. Thor manages to leap aboard and they escape together.

As a result of saving the Apples, the young Thor is able to lift the hammer Mjolnir a little higher. Odin states that someday it will finally be his.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The Invasion of Asgard"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #101.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The Invasion of Asgard"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #101.

Hearing of a threat to Asgard, the boy Thor ask the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge, Heimdall, if he can help guard the Bridge. When Heimdall sends him away, Loki sees an opportunity to destroy Thor. He leads Thor to a hole in rocks which defend Asgard, which Loki himself actually made. There a force of evil enemies attacks Thor. He battles gallantly, but is about to be transformed into a tree, when Odin arrives with his army and drives back the villains.

Thor's bravery gets him one step closer to being able to lift and claim Odin's Enchanted Hammer.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Death Comes to Thor"

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Journey into Mystery #102.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Death Comes to Thor"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #102.

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Quote1.png Let the Storm Giants beware! Quote2.png
--Thor, upon finally lifting Mjolnir

The young Thor has found his way to the Three Fates, goddesses of destiny, in the hope they can tell him if he’ll succeed in earning Odin's magic hammer. They tell him that he will have to meet death first.

Returning to the palace, Thor learns from Balder that Storm Giants have seized his sister Sif. Swearing to rescue her, Thor seizes the hammer and unknowingly lifts it above his head. He then rides out only to be attacked by Giants near the castle of King Rugga. After opening a chasm with his hammer to capture the Giants, Thor enters the castle and confronts the king, who says he has given Sif to the goddess of death, Hela, in exchange for immortality.

Thor then confronts Hela and offers to give his own life in exchange for Sif. So moved is Hela by his offer of sacrifice that she allows them both to leave alive. It will be a few days before Thor realizes that he had faced death and so had won the enchanted hammer.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Thor's Mission to Mirmir!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #103.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Thor's Mission to Mirmir!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #103.
Quote1.png And now, my woundrous ship, bring me to the land of Mirmir! For it is there that noble Odin has sent me, on my most important mission! Quote2.png
--Thor

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Thor arrives at the workshop of King Sindri of the dwarves, where he is given a magical boat to carry him on a special mission for his father Odin. The boat is small enough to fit in a pocket, but grows to full size and flies if needed. Arriving at Mirmir, Thor has to battle first the dragon Skord and the boar god Gullin before he reaches the palace.

There King Mirmir, who controls the Mystic Fountain from which all waters flow, awaits him. Thor gives him a piece of the Tree of Life, Yggdrasill, which Mirmir drips into the Fountain. Life flows from it and causes the creation of Aske and Embla, the first two humans on Midgard (the Asgardian name for Earth). His mission complete, Thor sails for home.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Heimdall the Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #104.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Heimdall the Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #104.
Quote1.png Too long has the Rainbow Bridge remained unguarded! Too many times have our enemies attacked Asgard by crosing its shimmering brilliance! The bridge needs a sentry! And that is why I have decided to appoint a guardian of the Rainbow Bridge! I have selected three warriors--and now I shall choose one of you! Quote2.png
--Odin

This is the story of how Heimdall came to be the guardian of Bifrost the rainbow bridge. Odin holds a sort of try-out, summoning Heimdall and two other worthy candidates. Agnar the Fierce is the first, and offers himself as having the mightiest chest, the strongest lungs, and that none but he has the power to sound the horn warning, Gjallahorn. As he demonstrates this ability, the "roar reaches to infinity." The second is Gotron the Agile, who claims that his deeds speak for themselves, and that he wass nimble enough to defeat seven frost giants at once, when they attacked Asgard "only last year."

The last is Heimdall The Faithful, who shows that he has useful abilities other than strength "that is a match for any." He proves this by stepping out into Odin's garden and, by placing his ear on the grass, hears the tiniest plant growing in the heart of a place known as the "Hidden Hills," which was scorched by the fiery breath of a dragon. After Odin dispatches his gardener to verify the tiny new plant just blossoming into life, Heimdall proves himself further. He says that his eyesight is so keen that he "can see across time as well as space!!" He then informs Odin of a "savage band of Storm Giants" marching towards the rainbow bridge, still two days away. Odin then dispatches a heavily-armed war party to meet the Storm Giants. The war party returns in days, with the King of the Storm Giants as prisoner. These demonstrations of abilities and noble character earn Heimdall the position of "Guardian of the Rainbow Bridge - - FOREVER!"

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: When Heimdall Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #105.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: When Heimdall Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #105.
Quote1.png Never have I felt this way before!! Never so uncertain—so troubled!! Have I been at my post too long?? Can it be that I am no longer worthy of guarding the all-important Rainbow Bridge?? Quote2.png
--Heimdall

The Storm Giant Brimer complains to his queen Nedra that he can not invade Asgard because the ever-vigilant Heimdall guards their Rainbow Bridge. So Nedra summons a Vanna, an invisible, super fast air sprite that she sends to spy on Asgard and disgrace Heimdall.

Being invisible, the creature slips past Heimdall, who even through he cannot see or hear it, still senses something and swings toward the creature, missing.

The Vanna spies out Asgard, going even into Odin's Royal Chamber. Upon warning sent by Heimdall, Odin reaches out and captures the sprite. Heimdall is summoned to Odin's chamber, where the guardian apologizes for failing in his duty. But rather then punish Heimdall, Odin praises him. He was so loyal that he sensed the Vanna and reported it, even though it made him look foolish to report "nothing". He is returned to his post with Odin's assurance that he is second only to Thor in Odin's heart.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Balder the Brave"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #106.

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Balder the Brave"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #106.
Quote1.png You shall face the test of mortal death! Quote2.png
--Odin

This flashback tale of the early days of Asgard focuses on Balder the Brave. In this story, he is brought to the court of Odin to answer for the fact that during a recent battle against the Storm Giants, Balder deserted his comrades. Balder explains that during combat, he saw a bird fall from its nest, so he had left the battle to return the bird to its mother.

Furious that Balder would abandon a battle for such a deed, Odin orders Balder to face the test of mortal death, which Balder agrees to take in spite of the other warriors of Asgard's protests.

The test requires that Balder stand in front of a line of soldiers who would attempt to kill him without his resistance. First Odin orders Tyr, master archer of Asgard, to fire an arrow at Balder. The unflinching Balder is saved at the last minute when a hawk swoops out of the sky and stops the arrow from hitting Balder.

Odin orders Honir to throw a spear at Balder, which is stopped by a sudden sprouting of vines from the ground, and again Balder does not flinch. Then Odin orders Thor to strike down Balder with his hammer. As Thor approaches to strike Balder down, the warrior still does not move, prompting Odin to stop Thor.

Odin reveals that he summoned the hawk and the plant to save Balder at the last minute of each attack to test his bravery. Having passed Odin's test, Odin rewards Balder with the gift of invincibility, and has him hailed as Balder the Brave.

Notes

  • Lee is original editor, Thomas is reprint editor.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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