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This page merges many beings believed to be the same entity, and could be split in the future depending on the publication of new material (see notes).


Vammatar was the Jumala[2] goddess of evil, misfortune,[3] pain and suffering.[2]

During the Hyborian Age, Vammatar the Cruel was a witch and the queen of Hyperborea, and clashed with Conan on a couple of occasions,[1][4] and even shared a night with him.[5]


Origins

Vammatar was the Jumala[2] goddess of evil, misfortune,[3] pain and suffering.

She was the daughter of Tuoni (the death god hat ruled the nether realm of Tuonela) and of his mistress Tuonetar. Vammatar was thus the sister of Kipu-Tytto (goddess of illness), Kivutar (goddess of disease), and Loviatar (goddess of plague).[2]

Hyborian Age

During the Hyborian Age, Vammatar the Cruel was a witch and the queen of Hyperborea, and lived in the stronghold of Haloga.

During the Age of Conan, she was said to be centuries old.[1]

Conan, the Cimmerian adventurer, clashed with her on a couple occasions:

  • Conan had joined the Aesir party led by Jarl Njal, who were set on attacking Haloga to free his daughter Rann. He returned to Njal's camp with Rann, where he and the Aesir battled their deceased scouts, revived as Vammatar's legions of the dead. Conan forced Rann to flee, and was captured along many Aesir. He would later escape and flee to Brythunia.[1]
  • ...[6][7]

Human worship

From 500 BC, the Finno-Ugric and Sami People of Northern Europe began to worship the Jumala.

That worship faded in the 13th century.[8]

Powers

Presumably those of the average Jumala goddess, including true immortality, superhuman strength and endurance.

Like many Jumala, Vammatar possess additional superhuman powers that may be magical in nature,[2] including:

  • Magical bolts: Vammatar could project powerful magical bolts.[2]
  • Necromancy: Vammatar could resurrect and control dead bodies.[1][9][2]

In some of her spells, among the name mentioned was Tuonin.[10]

Abilities

Presumably those of the average Jumala goddesses, a superhuman strength enabling her to lift about 25 tons.[2]


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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Savage Sword of Conan #39; Legions of the Dead
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Jumala's entry
  3. 3.0 3.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry, The Kalevans' paragraph
  4. Conan the Barbarian #260; The Second Coming of Shuma-Gorath - Final Part
  5. Conan the Adventurer #10; Swords Against the Sun
  6. Conan the Barbarian #252; The Second Coming of Shuma-Gorath - Part I: The Dead of the Living Night
  7. Conan the Barbarian #254; The Second Coming of Shuma-Gorath - Part III: Havoc In Hyperborea
  8. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Jumala's entry
  9. Conan the Adventurer #7; The Choosers of the Slain!
  10. Conan the Barbarian #260; The Second Coming of Shuma-Gorath - Final Part
  11. Vammatar at Wikipedia



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