SEIDRING the MERCILESS

Real Name: Seidring

Identity/Class: Asgardian God

Occupation: former Prime Minister to Odin

Group Membership: Ruler of a band of Rock Trolls

Affiliations: Former advisor of Odin

Enemies: Balder, Heimdall, Odin, Thor; Asgardian Gods

Known Relatives: none

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Asgard

First Appearance: Thor I#126 (March, 1966)

Powers/Abilities: Seidring possesses the conventional attributes of an Asgardian god, such as Class 10-25 strength, durability, and other physical powers, and an extended resistance to the effects of aging and disease.
He briefly possessed control of the vast energies of the Odinpower.

History: Seidring served as councilor to Odin, and his harsh judgments had earned him the nickname of Seidring the Merciless.

(Thor I#126) - After Thor had forced his way into Asgard and overpowered Heimdall, Odin pondered over how to deal with his son. His chief advisor, Seidring, recommended he punish him to the full extent of the law. Odin agreed, but found himself unwilling to turn his power against his son, so he bequeathed his power to Seidring and instructed him to remove half of Thor's power. Seidring did this, Thor's power faded in mid-battle with Hercules, and the Olympian easily overpowered Thor.

(Thor I#127) - Seidring found him drunk on his new power. When Odin gave him his next set of instructions, he turned on his liege, incapacitating him with his own energies. When Balder and other Asgardians entered the chambers, Seidring used his power to entrap them, and then spread his power through the whole city of Asgard, neutralizing all of its gods.
Returning to Asgard to face his father's justice, Thor soon encountered the mad Seidring. Thor's power was for naught against the power stolen from his father, and Seidring toyed with the God of Thunder, battering him about with giant airborne rocks and powerful winds. Thor finally managed to bluff Seidring, by threatening to withdraw the Odinsword--which was fated to destroy the cosmos when dropped--unless he surrendered. Seidring, fearing his own destruction above all else, yielded to Thor, and Odin rose from behind him and retook his power.

(Thor I#128) - Seidring pleaded with Odin for the mercy he himself had refused to others. Odin told him that he had lusted for power, and so he would receive power: a kingdom of his own to rule forever. Odin banished him to the realm of the Trolls, where he would rule the bestial Rock Trolls, on a barren, forsaken world.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (The Literary Lion) and Jack Kirby (the Penciling Pussycat).

What an easy sequel!! Seidring retains some tie to the power he once had, he slowly begins usurping the Odinpower (from Thor, in case Odin's not done being dead yet) once again. He then amasses an army of Rock Trolls and assaults Asgard. He could even get Ulik and/or Uroc to join him.

The Trolls of Asgard usually are described as living below the surface of the landmass of Asgard, outside of the royal city somewhere. Seidring describes his place of exile to be in "another part of the Universe--beyond the golden vale of Asgard."
Who knows?

Thor I#126 is the first actual Thor issue of that series, #1- 125 were Journey into Mystery. Interestingly, the series also ended as Journey into Mystery, from #503 - 519.

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

 

 

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Other appearances:
Thor I#127-128 (April-May, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)


Last updated: 02/06/03

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