Thor

Thor was created by Stan Lee and first appearance: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83


Real name: Thor

Occupation: Warrior,
Adventurer Legal status:
Prince of Asgard, honorary
citizen of the United States
of America with no criminal
record

Place of birth: A cave
somewhere in Norway

Marital status: Single

Known relatives: Odin
(father), Jord (Gaea, mother),
Frigga (adoptive mother), Loki
(adoptive brother), Vidar
(half-brother), Buri (Tiwaz,
great-grandfather), Bor
(grandfather, possibly
deceased), Vili, Ve (uncles,
presumed deceased), Sigyn
(former sister-in-law)

Group affiliation: East
Coast Avengers, Gods of Asgard

Base of operations: Asgard,
New York City 

History: Thor is the bloodson of Odin, lord of the
gods of Asgard, and Jord, who is also known as Gaea, the
elder goddess of the Earth. Odin sought to father a son
whose power would derive from Earth as well as Asgard, and
hence he sought to mate with Jord. Odin created a cave in
Norway where Jord gave birth to Thor. Months after the
infant Thor was weaned, Odin brought him to Asgard to be
raised. From that time onward Odin's wife, the goddess
Frigga, acted as Thor's mother.

Not until recent years did Thor learn that Jord was his
mother. A severed eye of Odin once grew to great size,
achieved sentience, and informed Thor that another Thor had
existed before the current Thor's birth. This previous Thor
is said to have killed the Midgard Serpent, and to have been
killed himself by the dying monster's venom, at Ragnarok,
the destruction of a previous version of Asgard. Odin
himself was killed, but a new Odin appeared in the place of
several gods who survived Ragnarok, and it was this new Odin
who fathered the current version of Thor. Possibly these
previous versions of Odin and Thor were earlier physical
incarnations of the Odin and Thor of today. However, this
account of Thor's origin by the severed eye of Odin may very
well be entirely false. The eye's motives for constructing
such a story, if it is false, are unknown.

The young Thor was raised alongside Loki, who had been
adopted by Odin after Loki's father, the Frost Giant Laufey,
had been killed in battle. From childhood Loki was jealous
of Thor, and his hatred grew over the years to a wish to
destroy him. Thus began Loki's enmity for Thor, which
persists to this day. When Thor was eight, Odin sent him to
Nidalvelir, the land of the dwarves, to bid the dwarves
Brokk and Eitri to create three treasures for Asgard's
ruler. Among the three treasures that Brokk and Eitri
created was the uru hammer Mjolnir (although Loki sabotaged
the creation of the hammer so that its handle was made too
short).

Odin bestowed various enchantments upon the hammer,
including one that made it impossible for anyone to lift it
except someone who was truly worthy of wielding it. Odin
then declared that he was reserving the use of Mjolnir for
Thor, who would receive it on the day that great deeds of
selfless valor had proved him worthy of it. For years Thor
strove to become strong and worthy enough to wield the
hammer, and was responsible for many heroic deeds. Finally,
when Thor was sixteen, Odin presented him with the hammer,
declaring he was indeed worthy of it. Thor became Asqard's
greatest warrior.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION 
Height: 6'6 
Weight: 640 lbs. 
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

POWERS AND ABILITIES 
Strength: Thor possesses Class 100 strength, enabling
him to lift (press) over 100 tons. Thor's strength is
doubled when he wears his enchanted belt of strength. Known
superhuman powers: Thor possesses the superhuman physical
attributes of an Asgardian, but as the son of Odin, lord of
the Asgardians, and Jord, elder goddess of the Earth, his
strength, endurance, and resistance to injury are greater
than those of the vast majority of his race. Like all
Asgardians, Thor is extremely long-lived (although not
immortal like the Olympians) superhumanly strong (the
average Asgardian male can lift about 30 tons over his head;
Thor can lift over 100 tons above his own), is immune to all
Earthly diseases, and is resistant to conventional injury.
(Asgardian flesh and bone is about three times as dense as
similar human tissue, contributing to the Asgardians'
superhuman strength and weight.) Thor's Asgardian metabolism
gives him far greater than human endurance at all physical
activities.

Weapons: Thor's principal weapon is the enchanted hammer
named Mjolnir, one of the most formidable weapons known to
man or god. Forged out of the mystical metal uru, whose
chief properties are durability and ability to maintain
enchantment, the hammer is two feet long and its handle is
wrapped in leather which terminates in a thong. Besides
being a nearly indestructible throwing weapon, the hammer
has been given six enchantments by Odin to augment its
physical qualities.

Enchantment #1: No living being can lift the hammer from the
ground unless he or she is worthy.

Enchantment #2: The hammer will return to the exact spot
from which it is thrown after striking its target.

Enchantment #3: The hammer enables the wielder to summon the
elements of storm (wind, rain, thunder, lightning, etc.)

Enchantment #4: The hammer can open interdimensional
portals, allowing its wielder to travel to other dimensions,
such as from Earth to Asgard.

Enchantment #5: Bestowed on the hammer by Odin in recent
times, it enabled Thor to transform into the mortal Don
Blake by stamping the hammer once upon the ground and
willing the change to occur. Since Thor has not had the
alterego of Don Blake for quite some time now it is unknown
if this power is still in effect or if it has been modified.

Enchantment #6: By throwing the hammer and grasping its
leather thong, Thor can magically propel himself through the
air in the semblance of flight. Just as the hammer can
magically change its course in order to return to his hand
when he throws it, so can it be influenced by its wielder to
change its course while it is in his grasp in flight.

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