AGNAR THE FIERCE

Real Name: Agnar

Identity/Class: Minor god

Occupation: Asgardian warrior, applicant for position as guardian of the rainbow bridge

Group Membership: Gods of Asgard

Affiliations: Balder, Odin the All-Father, Gotron the Agile, Heimdall, Hermod, Thor, Vidar

Enemies: Ddraig Goch, Giants of Jotunheim

Known Relatives: None named, but Agnar was likely kin to other Aesir

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: Asgard

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery I#104/2 (May, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: "My lungs are the strongest, Lord Odin! None has a chest as mighty as mine!" Only Agnar of all the Aesir had the power to blow the enchanted Dragon Horn of Asgard. I think that about sums it up. Perhaps Agnar could also pull off other lung-related tricks like holding his breath for a long time or knocking down opponents and blowing away obstacles with his "super-breath." Agnar also carried a sword and was called "the Fierce" so I would imagine that amongst the preeminent warriors of Asgard he must have been considered pretty tough.

History: (Journey Into Mystery I#104/2) - After the most recent attack of the Storm Giants upon golden Asgard, Odin determines the Rainbow Bridge over which the attackers came needs a guardian. Selecting three warriors, Odin summons them to his throne room to render is decision after each makes his case for why he is the most suitable guardian.

Of the three warriors gathered (Agnar, Gotron and Heimdall) Agnar the Fierce is the first called upon to speak. After Agnar tells of his powerful lungs and mighty chest, Gotron scoffs, asking of what good is that. After Heimdall orders Gotron to silence, Agnar takes up the gigantic enchanted Dragon Horn of Asgard which none but he is able to blow and winds it, nearly deafening the gods assembled. "He speaks the truth! For ages the horn has been silent - - yet now, its roar reaches to the very end of infinity!"

Odin moves on to Gotron the Agile, who tells of his speed and agility, and finally, Heimdall, who tells of his divine senses. Kneeling his ear to the ground in Odin's lush private garden, Heimdall claims to hear the tiniest of plants growing in the Hidden Hills. Agnar accuses Heimdall of lying (even though Heimdall took his part when Gotron interrupted his demonstration) and threatens him with his sword. Odin order them all to stand fast and then commands his gardener to discover the truth of Heimdall's claim. The gardener returns with the tiniest of shoots to have only just sprouted in the barren wastes of the Hidden Hills, proving the truth of Heimdall's keen ears.

When Heimdall's eyes peer across time as well as space to detect an approaching war party of Storm Giants, Odin sends out a group of his mightiest warriors to capture them and their leader, the King of the Storm Giants. Agnar might or might not have been a member of this group of warriors.

(Thor: Heaven & Earth#4 (fb) ) - <Ca. 9th century> Summoned by a dying Viking's plea Odin accompanied by Heimdall, Agnar, Balder, Hermod, Thor and Vidar came to Earth to fight Ddraig Goch, who had murdered numerous Vikings while they were searching for a maiden stolen from their lands by Prince Rhodri of Gwynedd. Agnar boasted that he would pull the dragon from the sky with the sound of his dragon horn and then arrogantly offered the dragon the first strike against him. Agnar was pummeled into the ground by Ddraig Goch, but later rejoined the fight against the dragon. After the gods defeated the dragon Odin forbade Thor from slaying Ddraig Goch because he had fought honorably and was only defending his land. Odin then bargained with Ddraig Goch, who agreed to persuade Rhodri to return the stolen Viking woman and to stop the blood sacrifices.

Comments: created by Stan "the Man" Lee and Jack "the King" Kirby

There is no actual documentation to support the existence of a Norse god named Agnar the Fierce, but I have used a bit of "profiler's license" to classify Agnar as a minor god since his powers are above and beyond those of "ordinary" Asgardians.

In the numerous appearances of both Odin and Asgard there have been dozens if not hundreds of unnamed warriors in the background. There is no reason to assume that Agnar was not present for some if not all of the more notable events in Asgard's history including, but not limited to, battles with the Storm, Ice, and Mountain Giants, the battle with the Celestials in which the gods used their essence to empower the Destroyer, the battle against Hela and the possessed Valkyries, and the war with the Heliopolitan death god Seth.

Agnar supposedly died during the Ragnarok in Thor II#85.

Profile by Greg O'Driscoll

Clarifications: Agnar the Fierce should not be confused with...

 


Appearances:
Journey Into Mystery I#104 (May, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Don Heck (inks)
Thor: Heaven & Earth#4 (November, 2011) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Lan Medina (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)


Last updated: 02/16/14

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