ENCHANTERS

Membership: Brona, Enrakt, Forsung, Magnir

Purpose: Conquering Asgard

Affiliations: The Living Talismans;
   
Ceranda (pawn)

Enemies: Asgardians, Balder, Odin, Scarlet Witch, Sif, Thor, Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Base of Operations: Ringsfjord, Asgard

First Appearance: (mentioned) Thor I#129 (June, 1966)
    (seen and identified) Thor I#143 (August, 1967)

Powers/Abilities: Each of the Enchanters wield varying levels of magical powers. Forsung was the most powerful, able to go one-on-one with Odin (though ultimately losing that struggle, and Enrakt was a close second. They are presumably immune to aging, disease, etc. They possess superhuman strength (about 30 - 40 tons for Brona, maybe 20 - 30 tons for Magnir, and Class 100 for Enrakt and Forsung). They can fire bolts of energy, manipulate inanimate matter, mutate and control humans, levitate large masses of Earth into the air, travel between many dimensions, and various other effects. Enrakt and Magnir proved capable of holding Mjolnir via neutralizing Odin's enchantment that only Thor could hold it.

HISTORY: The origins of the Enchanters remain unknown. There are four who call themselves brothers, but whether they are part of a larger race, etc. remains unclear. Whether they are truly native to Asgard is uncertain.

(Thor I#129 (fb) - BTS) - Odin read from the Book of Enchanters, instructing Thor of the Day of Three Worlds, in which he must stake all on the life of another.

(Thor II#20 (fb) - BTS) - The youngest of the Enchanters, Enrakt was still training and was left behind when his older brothers plotted against Asgard.

(Thor I#143) - Balder and Sif were sent to Ringsfjord to seek out the Enchanters, who sent their Living Talisman to battle them before appearing themselves. Forsung turned the ground below them to quicksand and Sif teleported them away to escape it. They went to Earth to seek out Thor; Brona and Magnir followed them to Earth, while Forsung traveled to Asgard to challenge Odin.

(Thor I#144) - Brona and Magnir, aided by their Living Talismans (Living Talismen?) confronted  Balder, Sif, and Thor, challenging them to a fight to the death. The Enchanters levitated a piece of the ground into the air, taking Thor with them, while leaving Balder and Sif on the ground. Thor battled the two Enchanters inconclusively. Meanwhile, Forsung and his own Living Talisman confronted Odin, challenging him to combat for the supremacy of Asgard, with the Odinsword as the prize. So that none could interfere, Odin removed the non-physical powers of all of his subjects while Forsung disclaimed the use of his Living Talisman. This caused the Enchanters and Thor to return to the Earth, allowing Balder and Sif to join the fight. Balder defeated Magnir and Thor dropped Brona.
    Odin and Forsung flew through the air as they grappled, glowing with a blinding light.

(Thor I#145) - Thor and his allies turned the now powerless Brona and Magnir over to the New York Police Department, while Odin reappeared in Asgard, having slain Forsung in combat. Odin then crushed Forsung's Living Talisman and banished Brona and Magnir to the Lost Limbo of Infinity Unending.

(Thor I#486) - As Kurse sought vengeance on Malekith, Malekith cast an illusion that made Kurse believe he overpowered Hela and briefly took control of Hel. Malekith also made him believe Thor was actually Malekith. Kurse assaulted Thor, and summoned "the Ravagers from the realms of Ice and Death" --including Forsung (with his Living Talisman), Fafnir of Nastrond, Fafnir the giant, a trio of Ice Dwarves, an Ice Giant, the Midgard Serpent, and Nidhogg--to finish him off.

(Thor I#487) - As the Ravagers attacked Thor, he was assisted by the High Evolutionary and his Godpack. Forsung managed to fell the High Evolutionary, and several of the Godpack began to fall before the onslaught, so Odin sent Beta Ray Bill, Fandral, and Volstagg to assist Thor and his allies.

(Thor I#488) - After further battle, the true Hela appeared and eliminated Malekith's illusions. Hela then returned the Ravagers to Hel.

(Thor Annual 1999 (fb) - BTS / Thor II#16 (fb) / 19(fb)) - Enrakt searched endlessly to locate the Lost Limbo of Eternity Unending for years, but once he was reunited with his brothers, he found the realm even more difficult to escape than to locate and enter. Eventually they located the dimension of Ceranda, finding Thor present there as well. Enrakt used Ceranda's magical fire pit to transfer his astral essence across the dimensional gulf and to enter the hammer of Thor. Once inside, he became its new master, but his physical body died due to being so distant from its soul.

(Thor Annual 1999 (fb) - BTS / Thor II#19 (fb)) - Enrakt traveled with Thor to Earth after burying Ceranda

(Thor II#20 (fb)) - Enrakt split his astral essence, invading and reanimating Ceranda's corpse. However, his powers were virtually exhausted by his recent efforts and so he had to wait until they were recovered to gain his vengeance.

(Avengers III#1(fb), 1-3, Silver Surfer/Thor Annual 1998, Avengers Annual 2001/2(fb2), Avengers#4, Captain America III#5, Avengers#5,6, 7 Avengers/Squadron Supreme Annual 1998, Thor II#1-4, Avengers#8 - all BTS) - Enrakt was present within Mjolnir.

(Thor II#5 - BTS) - As Thor defended shock jock Chucky Diamond from attackers, Enrakt caused Mjolnir to fail to return to Thor's hand and instead fly towards Diamond's head. Thor stopped the hammer in the nick of time, and it briefly manifested a monstrous face, taunting him.

(Thor#6,7, 8, Peter Parker: Spider-Man#2, Thor Annual 1999, Thor9 - all BTS) - Enrakt was present within Mjolnir.

(Thor II#10 - BTS ) - Mjolnir was cleaved in twain by Perrikus.

(Thor II#11 - BTS) - Thor loosely put Mjolnir back together.

(Thor II#12 - BTS) - Enrakt was present within Mjolnir.

(Thor II#13 - BTS) - Odin restored Mjolnir, filling it with his energies.

(Avengers#16-18, Nova III#3, Avengers#0, Avengers#19-22, Contest of Champions II#1-5 - all BTS, Thor#14(fb)) - Enrakt was present within Mjolnir.

(Thor II#14) - While Thor battled the Absorbing Man, Enrakt caused Mjolnir to become lodged in a wall, preventing it from returning to Thor. When Jake Olson tried to use the hammer to turn back into Thor, Enrakt emerged from the hammer (transforming Ceranda's form into a likeness of his own) and caused Olson to have a heart attack.

(Thor II#15) - Brona and Magnir appeared in Asgard confronting Odin as he prepared for the Odinsleep (and after he was drugged by Tarakis), teleporting him away. Meanwhile Enrakt confronted the Warriors Three on Earth as they stood guard over Mjolnir.

(Thor II#16) - Enrakt overpowered the Warriors Three then transformed a group of humans into monstrous creatures which he sent to devour them. In the distraction, Jake Olson grabbed Mjolnir and turned back into Thor and battled Enrakt. The Enchanter taunted him with an image of Odin struggling against Brona and Magnir before blasting Thor to the ground.

(Thor II#17) - Enrakt caught Thor's hammer and hurled it back at him before departing to join the battle against Odin.

(Thor II#18) - Thor used Mjolnir to return to normal the people mutated by Enrakt. The Scarlet Witch then used the residue on Enrakt remaining within Mjolnir to locate him, and sent Thor to join Odin against them. The Enchanters absorbed Odin's strongest energy attacks and used that energy to assault him, but Thor arrived and pulled the Enchanters from him. Enrakt then transformed the ground beneath their feet into an immense serpent which swallowed them whole.

(Thor II#19) - Though Thor and Odin were powerless to escape Enrakt's serpent creation, the Scarlet Witch arrived and allowed them to do so. Dividing up their foes, Odin easily bested Brona with a knee to the face and crushed his Living Talisman, the Scarlet Witch trapped Magnir within solid rock, and Thor fought Enrakt. Unaware that the Scarlet Witch had cast a spell of invisible protection around Mjolnir, making it impossible for him to control, Enrakt grabbed the hammer and tried to unleash the anti-force at Thor, but Thor directed it back at him. Thor then battered Enrakt into submission. Thor prepared to execute Enrakt, but Odin told him to unmask the Enchanter instead, revealing Ceranda as the body in Enrakt's armor.

(Thor II#20) - Thor and Odin returned with the Enchanters  to Asgard. Odin banished Brona and Magnir back to the Lost Limbo of Infinity Unending (after confirming that they had no further brethren to come after them), while Ceranda (left in a lifeless state without Enrakt to animate her) was to be placed under the Glass of Everlasting Honor.

COMMENTS: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Jack "King" Kirby, and Bill Everett.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:

Brona has no known connection to:

The Living Talisman has no known connection to:

Magnir has no known connection to:


Brona

One of the middle brothers, he wielded a mace in battle. After being defeated by Thor he was exiled to the Lost Limbo of Infinity Unending alongside Magnir. Eventually freed by Enrakt he and Magnir ambushed Odin, transporting him extradimensionally to battle. He was defeated by Odin after Thor and the Scarlet Witch joined the fight, and Odin shattered both his mask and his Living Talisman. When threatened with death he told the story of how Enrakt came to be associated with Ceranda before being banished back to the Lost Limbo of Infinity Unending alongside Magnir.

--Thor I#141 (142, 143, Thor II#14(fb)/19(fb), 15-20

 

 

 


Enrakt

    The youngest of the Enchanters, he missed out on the first battle because he was still training. He spent years tracking down and freeing his brothers, but in the act of transporting his spirit extradimensionally into Thor's hammer, he unwittingly caused his own body to die. He then split his spirit, reanimated Ceranda with one half of it, and the other half remained within Mjolnir (occasionally causing it to disobey Thor) until gathering his strength sufficiently to attack. He caused Jake Olson to have a heart attack, mutated a group of New Yorkers, and then joined the assault against Odin. After the Scarlet Witch made Mjolnir immune to his control, Thor was able to defeat Enrakt, apparently destroying his Living Talisman in the process. After it was revealed that Ceranda was the form inside of his armor there was no further evidence of his spirit within her form, and his fate remains unclear.

 

He was extremely powerful, though presumably less so than Forsung.

 

--Thor II#1 - BTS, 5 (presence felt), 14 (Annual 1999 (fb) - BTS/14(fb)/19(fb), [Thor Annual 1999(fb), Avengers III#1(fb), 1-3, Silver Surfer/Thor Annual 1998, Avengers Annual 2001/2(fb2), Av4, Captain America III#5, Av5,6 7 Avengers/Squadron Supreme Annual 1998 ThorII#1-4 Av8 Th5, 8, Peter Parker: Spider-Man#2, Thor Annual 1999, Thor9, 10-13, Av16-18, Nova III#3, Avengers#0, Av19-22, Contest of Champions II#1-5, Thor14(fb)],14-20

 

 

 

 

 

 


Forsung

 

    Eldest of the Enchanters, he led the attack on Asgard, confronting and challenging Odin to single combat. Odin slew him and shattered his Living Talisman. He was briefly returned to the flesh and sent to Earth by Kurse as part of the Ravagers from the realms of ice and death in order to slay Thor (whom he was deluded into believing was Malekith). Thor was aided by Balder, Beta Ray Bill, Fandral, the Godpack, the High Evolutionary, and Volstagg. Forsung overpowered the High Evolutionary, but was eventually returned to Hel when Hela came to Earth to claim the escapees from her realm.

He was the most powerful of the Enchanters.

--Thor I#141 (142, 143, 486-487, [488]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Living Talisman

Each of the Enchanters wore a stone face-like plaque on their chests; each was referred to as a Living Talisman, which could speak and act on their own (when directed to by the Enchanters) and enhanced the Enchanters' powers, enabling them to absorb energy, etc. Each Living Talisman could manifest itself as an elemental storm or as an imposing humanoid creature, as strong as an Asgardian god. All four Living Talismans were presumably destroyed (Odin crushed Forsung and Brona's, Enrakt's was apparently destroyed in battle with Thor, and Magnir's vanished between Thor II#19 and 20).

 

 

--Thor I#141 (142, 143, Thor II#14(fb)/19(fb), 14-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Magnir

 

    One of the middle brothers, he wielded a sword in battle. He managed to hold Mjolnir, turning it against Thor before being eventually defeated by Balder. He was exiled to the Lost Limbo of Infinity Unending alongside Brona. Eventually freed by Enrakt he and Magnir ambushed Odin, transporting him extradimensionally to battle. He was defeated by the Scarlet Witch after Thor and the Scarlet Witch who trapped him within solid rock. He was then banished back to the Lost Limbo of Infinity Unending alongside Magnir.

--Thor I#141 (142, 143, Thor II#14(fb)/19(fb), 15-20

 

 

 


images:
Thor II#19, p9, panel 1
            panel 2 (Enrakt)
    #20 (Brona unmasked)
    #5, pan3 (Brona, Forsung, Magnir masked)
    #18, pan 2 (Mjolnir corrupted)
Thor I#143, p9, panel 1 + 3 (Living Talisman form)
        p11 (Living Talisman plaque)


Thor I#129 (June, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Thor I#143 (August, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Bill Everett (inks)
Thor I#144-145 (September-October, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Thor I#486 (May, 1995) - Roy Thomas (writer), MC Wyman (pencils), Mike DeCarlo (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#487 (June, 1995) - Roy Thomas (writer), MC Wyman (pencils), Mike DeCarlo & G. Barnett III (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#488 (July, 1995) - Roy Thomas (writer), MC Wyman (pencils), Mike DeCarlo (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor II#5 (November, 1998) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#14 (August, 1999 - February, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#15 (September, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Lee Weeks (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#16-17 (October-November, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#18 (December, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dick Giordano (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#19-20 (January-February, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 02/25/14.

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