BALDRIC

Real Name: Baldric

Identity/Class: Human (ca. 1000 A.D.);
   Norwegian citizen

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: A Viking raider party

Affiliations: Sigurd (Thor Odinson), several Viking crews

Enemies: Loki, mummies, giant rats

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A fishing village in Norway, around 1000 A.D.

First Appearance: Thor I#401 (March, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Baldric didn't possess any special power, but was a fit and capable Viking sailor and warrior, implied to be stronger than most of his crewmates and equal to Thor in his human guise of Sigurd. He was proficient with the sword and wore chainmail and a helmet.

Height: 6'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 210 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black

History: Baldric's origin and past deeds are unrevealed.

(Thor I#401) - Baldric was part of a Viking fleet hunting for treasures in the new world. During the voyage on the ship, he became friends with the newly-arrived Sigurd, secretly Thor stripped of his powers and challenged to a wager by Loki. Baldric and Sigurd developed a friendly rivalry, always trying to outdo each other.

   Wanting Thor to lose the wager, Loki set various traps on the fleet's journey, starting with a sudden storm. Baldric helped rescue some men and encouraged them to stand on their own instead of relying on help from the gods. A short time later, the fleet reached land and both Baldric and Sigurd were selected to lead a contingent and explore some local ruins secretly belonging to a forgotten Atlantean outpost. However the ruins had been cursed and booby-trapped by Loki, so the Vikings were soon attacked by giant rats. Baldric was slightly injured before being saved by Sigurd, who flooded the room and destroyed the rats. Trapped, Baldric, Sigurd and a few more warriors went deeper into the ruins looking for a way out, but were instead attacked by an army of mummies. Baldric fought valiantly and destroyed several of them before being fatally injured by a knife in the back. With his last words, he left Sigurd his share of any treasure the men would have found.

   Baldric's courage made Thor change his mind about the mortals. Eventually realizing Loki's foul play, the Odinson returned to Asgard to confront his brother, but was stopped by Odin who criticized his haste in accepting the wager. Thinking about Baldric, Thor implied that his soul was now in Valhalla, enjoying the rewards of his valour.

Comments: Created by Randall Frenz (writer), Rich Yanizeski (pencils) & Hector Collazo (inks).

Thor's young years have been depicted dozens of times, almost always in slightly different ways. Here, Thor was initially unimpressed with the mortals, considering them begging cowards before Baldric's valour changed his mind.

This is one of those stories were the Vikings were adventurers and treasure hunters, rather than raiders, pillagers or rapists.

Profile by Shiryu.

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Thor I#401, p22, pan4 (main)
   p11, pan2 (headshot)


Appearances:
Thor I#401 (March, 1989) - Randall Frenz (writer), Rich Yanizeski (pencils), Hector Collazo (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)


Last updated: 09/27/17

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