Real Name: Snorth
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Asgard/Jotunheim)
active long, long ago (presumably within the modern incarnation of Asgard, following the Ragnarok estimated to be occurring around 1 AD)
Group Membership: Giants of Jotunheim (specifically the Storm Giants (see comments))
Affiliations: Gullin, Rock Trolls of Asgard (including Askella, Otny, & Svin), other enemies of Asgard
Enemies: Asgardian gods (especially Grim Magnus and Greyval Grimson), Gullinbursti, Oddbrand Otter, Sygnet
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Currently unrevealed (possibly
Hel or Niffleheim);
formerly Jotunheim, one of the nine realms associated with the Asgard dimension
First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner (1985)
Powers/Abilities: Giants of Jotunheim typically possess greater strength and durability than the average Asgardian god, enabling them to lift approximately 50 tons. They have extreme longevity, rendering them virtually unaging, though they can be killed by other means. Snorth may have been greater than average amongst the Giants, or he may have been a more skilled warrior, or he may just have been prone to exaggeration; he was seen to hack and slash his way across a battlefield filled with Asgardian gods and giants (and other foes of Asgard), and to finish off a possibly already wounded Grim Magnus. He typically wielded an allegedly ancient and possibly mystically powerful sword in battle.
Snorth references himself as he "whose mere glance can shatter shields."
Height: Unrevealed (he looked to be at least twice (if
not more) Grim Magnus' size, and is presumably 12-15' tall)
Weight: Unrevealed (based on the above sizes and the fact that Asgardian and giants tissue 2-3x as dense as human flesh (though I've been beginning to question that more recently), he would be somewhere around 4000-6875 lbs.; if he's 20' tall, he'd be more like 18,500 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (dark...I'd guess dark brown)
(Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner (fb) - BTS) - Snorth's sword (though we don't know if he was its original holder or not) was forged on a timelost anvil before the hoarfrost ogres first crawled out of ice and rime.
(Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner (fb) - BTS) - Per Snorth's own claims, his sword drank more crimson ale (that would be blood, in case that wasn't clear) than Fenris Wolf (again, it's not clear whether this was only in Snorth's hands, or in the hands of his predecessors; we also don't know whether his claims are true or hyperbole).
(Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner) <long, long, and very long ago, when gods were many and Odin eternal - see comments> - Snorth joined the other Giants of Jotunheim in warring against the gods of Asgard in the Plain of Ida (near the border between the nation of Asgard and the portals to Jotunheim). Grim Magnus, bearer of the Raven Banner, noted that his pennon brought victory to those who fought beneath it, though the standard bearer must always die in battle. In response, Snorth charged forth, vowing that Magnus would indeed perish, at Snorth's hand, and Snoth rushed forward, using his sword to mow a path through his opposition and confront Magnus. Snorth warned Magnus that his sword brought Magnus tidings of death, and Magnus noted, as standard bearer, that was his noble fate. Slicing Magnus across the abdomen, Snorth assured his foe his death would not be noble, as he planned to hang his corpse to dry like salted code. Mortally wounded, Magnus taunted Snorth that his boasts meant less than the grunting of a boar, for as he fell his allies were sounding the trumpets of victory. Realizing this was true, Snorth fled and re-grouped with his allies.
(Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner - BTS) - The
Rock Trolls of Asgard -- having distracted Magnus' son, Greyval Grimson, and
prevented him from claiming the Raven Banner before his father's death -- stole
the Raven Banner. The Trolls further captured Greyval's wife, Sygnet, to
distract Greyval in his quest to recover the Banner, and they ensorcelled
Greyval's rival, Horskuld, intending for him to bear the Banner for the foes of
Asgard, and for Horskuld to perish in battle, with his sacrifice guaranteeing
victory for the foes of Asgard.
As the Trolls were allied with the Giants against Asgard, Snorth was commissioned to guard the cavern in which Sygnet was being held.
(Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner) - Via guidance from the Norns, Greyval rode the mystic golden boar Gullinbursti, accompanied by his newest ally, Oddbrand Otter, southwards to the land of the Trolls to rescue Sygnet. As they approached the cavern and Greyval announced his intent to retrieve his bride, Snorth taunted Greyval that he had come to die by the same steel that had spilled Grim Magnus' blood "like the juice of overripe berries." Snorth further vowed to hold these crags until Asgard fell to his brothers. Vowing in return to have Sygnet and to avenge his father in the bargain, Greyval swooped down with Gullinbursti and met a swordclash with Snorth. When Snorth's troll allies began hurling boulders at them, Greyval boldly guided Gullinbursti to swoop down again, and he beheaded Snorth. Disheartened, the trolls fled.
Comments: Created by Alan Zelenetz and Charles Vess.
Both Grim Magnus and Oddbrand Otter referred to Snorth as a Storm Giant (which is also my ASSumption), but they may not be the top authorities on giants.
active long, long ago (presumably within the modern incarnation of Asgard, following the Ragnarok estimated to be occurring around 1 AD) - Warriors Three in relation to Thor's age?
Most of the images of Snorth were from panels where everything has a kind of orange-ish hue.
Profile by Snood.
No KNOWN connections to:
images: (without ads)
Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner, story pg. 1, panel 4 (charging towards Grim Magnus);
pg. 2 (facing Magnus);
pg. 3, panel 3 (alarmed by Asgardian triumphant trumpet);
pg. 52, panel 2 (face in color)
Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15: The Raven Banner (1985) - Alan Zelenetz (writer), Charles Vess (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 02/06/14
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