Real Name: Grane
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Asgardian) winged horse (later stripped of wings);
active during presumably the fifth century AD (see comments), and who knows how long before that
Group Membership: Formerly the steeds of the Valkyrior
Affiliations: Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, Siegfried, Sieglinda
Known Relatives: Sleipnir (father);
Svadilfari (aka Svağilfari, grandfather), Loki Laufeyson (grandmother)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly an unspecified location in northern Europe;
presumably born in Asgard
First Appearance: (Mythological Grani) Völsunga Saga (13th century) or possibly earlier as Sigurd is use in the Edda and before, dating back to the 11th century;
(Wagner's Siegfried) Die Walkure (June, 26, 1870);
(identified) Gotterdammerung (August 17, 1876);
(Marvel's Grane) Thor I#296 (June, 1980);
(identified) Thor I#299 (September, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Winged, Grane could fly, carrying Brunnhilde the Valkyrior in her choosing of valiant, slain warriors to populate Valhalla.
Grane could fly with at least one woman and one man on his back, even if one of the woman was Asgardian (who may or may not have weighed significantly more than human).
Grane was later stripped of his wings, but he remained a noble, loyal, and powerful steed.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'6" to 6'
at withers (the ridge between the shoulders of a quadruped; the high
point of the thoracic dorsal spinal processes)
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 1000 - 1200 lbs. if not more dense/heavy than a terrestrial horse)
Comments: The original concept of Grani was created by unknown Icelandic parties;
the Ring of the Nibelung character was created by Richard Wagner;
the Marvel character was an adaptation of Wagner's character, adapted by Roy Thomas, Keith Pollard, and Chic Stone.
For this and all profiles related to the Ring of the Nibelung, you
should open up another page in your browser and load Wagner's "Ride
of the Valkyrie"
Something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRU1AJsXN1g (if/when this link becomes defective, just search for it)
Yes, this is Elmer Fudd's "Kill the Wabbit" song...
These stories were among those told to Thor by the Eye of Odin, and the events therein, particularly the origins of the current Odin incarnation, have been called into question.
As the stories largely followed
Wagner's Ring Trilogy, Brunnhilde was pretty consistently called
Brunnhilda throughout this story arc. But that doesn't make it the
correct spelling. Don't be the wrong-spelling bandwagon people, like
those who use "Galen" as Galactus' real name. It's just plain wrong, no
matter how you slice it.
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
In Norse mythology, Grani is a horse owned by the hero Sigurd. He is the horse that Sigurd receives through advice from the Norse god (Odin). Grani is a descendant of Odin's own steed, Sleipnir.
In chapter 13 of Völsunga saga, the hero Sigurðr is on his way to a wood when he meets a long-bearded old man he had never seen before. Sigurd tells the old man that he is going to choose a horse, and asks the old man to come with him to help him decide. The old man says that they should drive the horses down to the river Busiltjörn. The two drive the horses down into the deeps of Busiltjörn, and all of the horses swim back to land but a large, young, and handsome gray horse that no one had ever mounted. The grey-bearded old man says that the horse is from "Sleipnir's kin" and that "he must be nourished heedfully, for it will be the best of all horses". The old man vanishes. Sigurd names the horse Grani, and the narrative adds that the old man was none other than Odin.[
Grani is believed to be depicted on several of the Sigurd stones, which depict imagery from the legend of Sigurd the dragon slayer, including the inscription on Sö 327 in Gök, Södermanland County, Sweden. In Norse iconography, the depiction of a horse carrying a chest was sufficient to represent Grani carrying the treasure after Sigurd had slain the dragon Fafnir. This is supported by a kenning in a Norse poem that refers to "Grani's beauteous burden," indicating a common understanding of the motif.
In Wagner's Ring cycle of operas the name (as "Grane") is given to Brünnhilde's horse.
In Digimon Tamers, Grani was the name of the refitted 'Ark', which was used as a steed by Gallantmon late in the series. It was directly stated in episode 47 that it was named by its creators after Siegfried's horse, Grani. Grani would later be used to upgrade Gallantmon into his Crimson Mode during the finale of the series and in one of the theatrical movies.
Grani also forms the theoretical Old Norse root of the etymology of the island of Guernsey via Anglo-Norman, from "Granis" (Grani's) + "ey" (dialectical term for "little island"); although it is probable that this was from a Viking's personal name rather than a direct appellation to the divine horse.
In Fire Emblem Heroes, Grani's Shield is a skill that protects cavalry units against bonus damage from enemies who have anti-cavalry weapons.
Profile by Snood.
Grane should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Thor I#296, pg. 3, panel 4 (choosing the slain) - notscanned; extra if needed;
pg. 13, panel 7 (Brunnhilde, spear);
pg. 19, panel 2 (Brunnhilde fleeing with Sieglinda);
#299, pg. 2, panel 9 (Siegfried astride);
pg. 3, panel 8 (disembarking);
#300, pg. 5, panel 5 (Brunnhilde, sword);
panel 6 (w/ Brunnhilde, leaping into pyre)
Thor I#296 (June, 1980) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Shooter (consulting editor)
Thor I#297 (July, 1980) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Mark Gruenwald (assistant editor)
Thor I#298 (August, 1980) - Ralph Macchio (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor I#299 (September, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Thor I#300 (October, 1980) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), Keith Pollard (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Pets Handbook: Sleipnir entry (2009) - Michael Hoskin, Jeff Christiansen, et. al. (writer), Victor Olazaba (artist), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
First posted: 06/19/2019
Last updated: 06/19/2019
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