FLYING TROLLS OF THRYHEIM
Classification: Extradimensional (Asgardian) semi-humanoid race
Location/Base of Operations: The Stone Hive of Thryheim in the Sea of Fears
Known Members: None
Affiliations: Morgan Le Fay, Queen Ula;
formerly Balder, Hrimhari, Karnilla, New Mutants (Boom-Boom/Tabitha Smith, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Rictor/Julio Richter, Sunspot/Robert Da Costa, Warlock, Wolfsbane/Rhane Sinclair), Stone People of Nornheim, Toothgnasher, Toothgrinder, Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg), Volstagg's children
Enemies: Crystal (Crystalia Amaquelin), Dark Valkyries (Danielle Moonstar, others), Hela, Loki Laufeyson, Luna Maximoff, Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Thor (Odinson), unidentified escorcelled Giants, Trolls, Dwarves and Dark Elves;
formerly Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)
Aliases: Hive Trolls, Savage Swarm
First Appearance: Journy into Mystery I#124/2 (January, 1966)
Powers/Abilities: The Flying Trolls were a race of diminutive trolls with large insect-like wings which granted them flight capabilities. The warriors all wore intricate armors with insect-themed helmets. They were armed with a variety of weapons, including maces, spears and swords.
Traits: The hive-like Flying Trolls served fanatically a queen though it is unknown how the monarch was chosen in the first place in their society. They apparently go through incubation period and are savage warriors and raiders.
Type: Billaterally symmetric semi-humanoid bipeds
Eyes: Two (on head; color varies)
Fingers: Four (plus opposing thumb)
Skin color: Caucasian or gray
Average height: Unrevealed (4'7"; by approximation)
(Journey into Mystery I#124/2) - At some point in the past, under unknown circumstances, Ula became the queen of the Flying Trolls of Thryheim, who lived in a Stone Hive located in the Sea of Fear. For Ula they raided ships in the Sea of Fear. Their last big raid was before the last incubation.
(Journey into Mystery I#124/2) - After scouts discovered Thor's Odinship, Queen Ula sent out a legion of Flying Trolls to attack the ship. Even though some of them were afraid of Odin's wrath they did what they were ordered to do because their queen was not afraid. The legion of Flying Trolls soon reached the ship and saw the Asgardians raise their weapons.
(Journey into Mystery I#125/2) - The Flying Trolls surrounded the ship with their deadly stingers, but did not strike the Asgardians. Thor ordered his men to lower their weapons, but told the Flying Trolls that they would not surrender. Some Flying Trolls threatened Volstagg to ensure the Asgardians remained peaceful, but this angered Thor who in return threatened the Flying Trolls if they injured Volstagg. Meanwhile Loki and his allies on board put an assortment of potions into the ship's furnace, which created a pungent vapor that felled many Flying Trolls from the sky and the remaining ones to flee. In a last ditch effort a few Flying Trolls used grapple rings to capture Loki and fly off with him. A courier rushed back to the Stone Hive to inform Queen Ula about their success, but she already knew (or so she said) and felt Thor approaching as well. Ula ordered to prepare everything for the arrival of Odin's sons.
(Thor I#126/2) - Flying Trolls guarded the restrained Loki when Thor arrived and was welcomed by Ula. They surrounded Thor with raised weapons to guard their queen, who offered Thor to become her king. She warned that everyone on his ship would die if he refused and assured him that her limitless troops were enough to kill them. Moments later a burst of anti-energy sent by Odin from afar knocked Ula and all the Flying Trolls in the Stone Hive out. Thor and Loki were the only ones that remained conscious and escaped with ease.
(New Mutants I#84 (fb) - BTS) - The Flying Trolls were at peace with Asgard until one day the Valkyries kidnapped their best warriors from the Stone Hive. They were unaware that Hela was now in control of the Valkyries, so they captured at Ula's command the Warriors Three in retaliation.
(New Mutants I#84) - Though some Flying Trolls wanted to see the Warriors Three killed immediately, Ula, sitting on some of her loyal hive, did not make a decision yet. New Mutants members Boom-Boom, Warlock and Hrimhari found out about the kidnapping with the aid of Tiwaz. They infiltrated the Stone Hive after a delayed bomb created by Boom-Boom was tossed to the back of the hive by Hrimhari. The distracted Flying Trolls left Ula's side to check and the Warriors Three were freed. Tiwaz used his magic from afar to shrink Volstagg to a size Warlock could carry, but the Flying Trolls had already realized that the bomb was just a ruse and were close behind them when Ula ordered them to go after them. The Flying Trolls attacked the flying Warlock and his friends onboard of him until Boom-Boom revealed that it was actually Hela, who had sent the Valkyries to kidnap their warriors. Though the Flying Trolls didn't want to believe her they did believe the noble wolf prince Hrimhari. Ula agreed to join the battle against Hela and her forces with the Flying Trolls.
Meanwhile some of the Flying Trolls were part of Hela's army, which gathered in Hel.
Not long after the Flying Trolls under Ula's command arrived at the gates of Asgard with their new allies and joined the forces gathered by Balder and Karnilla. Moments later Hela teleported in with her army, including some Flying Trolls.
(New Mutants I#85) - Queen Ula led the Flying Trolls into battle against Hela's forces at the gates of Asgard alongside the New Mutants, Stone People of Nornheim, Warriors Three, Balder and Karnilla. Hela fled after her influence over most of her troops was broken after Cannonball destroyed Danielle Moonstar's Deathsword before she could slay Odin with it.
(Avengers III#1) - Morgan Le Fay used the Norn Stones to gain control over many magical, including the Flying Trolls. She commanded the Flying Trolls to attack Avengers members Crystal, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch at Cafe Transia in Manhattan. Crystal's daughter Luna was the first to spot them shortly before the Flying Trolls crashed through a window. The three Avengers fought the Flying Trolls until they suddenly disappeared.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta.
In Journey into Mystery I#124-125 and Thor I#126 Thryheim was an island located somewhere in the Sea of Fear. In the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#1 (December, 1985) a map of Asgard shows Thryheim as part of the larger landmass next to the Sea of Fear. There was clearly water all around the island in the earlier appearances, but I am not sure there was water around it in New Mutants I#84. Maybe it was originally an island and then part of the Sea of Fear dried out and Thryheim became part of the land. How? Maybe Odin got so mad at them and used some of his Odinpower to do it.
Profile by Markus Raymond.
The Flying Trolls of Thryheim should not be confused with:
Stone Hive of Thryheim
The Stone Hive (or Stone Nest) was the home of thousands of Flying Trolls. The gigantic structure was located on the isle of Thryheim in the Sea of Fear. (see comments)
--Journey into Mystery I#124/2 (Journey into Mystery I#124/2-125/2, Thor I#126/2, New Mutants I#84
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Avengers III#1, p2, pan6 (main)
Journey into Mystery I#125/2, p2, pan3 (first apperance)
New Mutants I#84, p13, pan5 (Ula standing on her soldiers)
Journey into Mystery I#124/2, p2, pan2 (Stone Hive)
Journy into Mystery I#124/2-125/2 (January-February, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Thor I#126/2 (March, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
New Mutants I#84 (mid-December, 1989) - Louise Simonson (writer), Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I#85 (January, 1990) - Louise Simonson (writer), Geoff Isherwood (pencils), Bret Blevins (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Avengers III#1 (February, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 06/11/2021
Last updated: 06/11/2021
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