At Holth's pyreHOLTH

Real Name: Holth

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Jotunheim; associated with Asgardian cosmology) Giant

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: Jotuns (Giants of Jotunheim)

Affiliations: Njord, the Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg) and Thor Odinson helped honor him in death

Enemies: Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Known Relatives: Gnives (father), Ulif (mother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    last active in Asgard's North Sea;
    formerly Jotunheim;

First Appearance: Thor: Blood Oath#1 (November, 2005)

Powers/Abilities: As a Jotun, Holth was large and strong (perhaps Class 50-100), with superhuman durability and longevity (enhanced lifespan/delayed aging, with a lifespan perhaps measuring presumably at least millennia).

    Holth was a metamorph, able to turn into a sea monster, at least.

    Holth's true form was only shown in flames

Height: Unrevealed (his true form was not shown, but he looked to be much taller than Ulif, perhaps 75' tall); variable
Weight: Unrevealed (based on the idea that giants have 3x human density, at 75' tall, he would weigh approximately 1,200,000 lbs. (600 tons); variable
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Brown (or brownish-red)

History:
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Thor: Blood Oath#1 (fb) - BTS) - Gnives considered his son Holth to be stupid, useless, an embarrassment, and ugly.

    Gnives tried yelling, beatings, humiliation, and magic, but Holth continued to disappoint.

    Gnives and his wife, Ulif, disowned Holth.

(Thor: Blood Oath#1 (fb)) - In Asgard's North Sea, Holth, in the form of a monstrously giant sea creature, caught the attention of the hunting Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg).

    Too dull to shift back to his true form to end the hunt, Holth nearly capsized the gods' small craft and knocked overboard Volstagg's chicken (which his mother had cooked especially for that trip).

    An irate Volstagg fatally speared Holth, whose unchanged serpent form fell to the bottom of the sea.

(Thor: Blood Oath#1 (fb) - BTS) - Holth's spirit allegedly called to his father, Gnives, for revenge from the sea.

    Gnives magically divined Holth's fate.

(Thor: Blood Oath#1 (fb) - BTS / Thor: Blood Oath#1 - BTS) - Gnives manipulated the gods, leading Thor and the Warriors Three to accept his weirding quest as penance for having slain Holth.

(Thor: Blood Oath#6 - BTS) - As the gods progressively succeeded in their quest, Gnives manipulated events such that both gods and giants considered the other side to have cheated, with the goal of forcing them to war.holth-giant-jotunheim-seamonster-corpse

(Thor: Blood Oath#6) - Ulif interrupted, noting that she had only wanted honor for her son.

    Ulif then asked the gods to not go to war but rather to simply honor her son; "dumb as he was, he deserves this little."

    Ulif stated that all she asked was that the Warriors Three retrieved Holth's body and give him a burial of honor.

(Thor: Blood Oath#6 (fb) - BTS) - Njord, lord of the sea, reached deep into the waters and brought Holth's body to the light.

    The Gods and Giants gathered on an island between the lands of Jotunheim and Asgard as a testament to a common ground they may once find again.

    Thor and the Warriors Three built a great temple, and the gods carved in stone the story of their making, whose origins are shared with the giants.  

(Thor: Blood Oath#6) - Ulif, at least, and other Giants gathered around the funeral pyre with the gods and honored Holth's passing.


Comments: Created by Michael Avon Oeming and Scott Kolins.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Holth
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images: (without ads)
Thor: Blood Oath#1, pg. 16, panel 1 (tail by Warriors' boat);
          panel 5-6 (spear and speared)
    #6, pg. 20, panel 4 (raised by Njord);
       pg. 21, panel 2 (funeral pyre)


Appearances:
Thor: Blood Oath#1 (November, 2005) - Michael Avon Oeming (writer), Scott Kolins (artist), Molly Lazer, Andy Schmidt & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor: Blood Oath#6 (February, 2006) - Michael Avon Oeming (writer), Scott Kolins (artist), Molly Lazer, Andy Schmidt & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First posted: 05/24/2020
Last updated: 05/24/2020

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