The Viking Issue

8 Norse gods you need to know before Thor: Love and Thunder

The divine origins of the MCU’s biggest stars.

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Here’s how the MCU’s Norse gods stack up to their ancient origins

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Thor

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Martin Eskil Winge

In both the MCU and Norse stories, Thor wields the mighty hammer Mjölnir. The mythological Mjölnir is used to both fight and confer blessings, but Marvel spiced things up by letting Thor fly with it.

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Sif

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Sif has mostly been ignored by the MCU since her appearance in Thor: The Dark World, but she returns in Love and Thunder. She’s a fierce warrior who shares Thor’s battle prowess, but not his puppy-dog personality.

The goddess Sif is Thor’s wife, associated with marriage and the harvest. After Loki secretly cut Sif’s golden hair, Thor forced him to have a replacement crafted along with several other artifacts, including Mjölnir and Odin’s spear.

John Charles Dollman

Odin

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Whether in Marvel movies or Norse mythology, Odin is the ruler of Asgard and father of Thor. While he dies peacefully in the MCU, the mythological Odin survives until Ragnarök, where he’s slain by the great wolf Fenrir.

Frigga

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The queen of Asgard is step-mother to Thor and adoptive mother to Loki in the MCU. She doesn’t have a lot to do in the movies, but she’s known to have a supernatural awareness of reality.

Carl Emil Doepler

Hela

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The villainous Hela is obsessed with conquest in the MCU, for which she’s locked away in the underworld of Hel by Odin. Her combat prowess and ability to kill with a touch are Marvel inventions.

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Loki

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Louis Huard

The MCU makes Loki Thor’s adoptive brother, instead of Odin’s blood brother, as in his original incarnation. Similarly, the mythological Loki is Hela’s father, not her brother.

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Heimdall

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Like other Asgardians, Heimdall possesses extreme strength. Even among the gods, he has extraordinary senses, which he used to guard the Bifrost Bridge before his death fighting Thanos.

Just like his MCU incarnation, the god Heimdall has incredible sight and hearing, and guards the Bifrost bridge. He and Loki are prophesized to kill each other during Ragnarök.

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Valkyrie

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Norse Valkyries aren’t gods; they’re spiritual figures who guide the souls of those killed in battle. As reward for their heroism, these souls are taken to afterlives ruled over by Odin and Freyja.

Edward Robert Hughes