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Real Name: Hunsen

Identity/Class: Normal human (late 1940s era)

Occupation: Chief

Group Membership: Leader of his colony

Affiliations: Werten, others

Enemies: Namor, Namora, people on the northeast US coast

Known Relatives: Hunsen the Hated (distant ancestor from 1240s)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Remote Newfoundland or Greenland (see comments)

First Appearance: Namora I#3/2 (December, 1948)

Powers/Abilities: Hunsen is a viking leader trained in viking battle techniques and traditions, and cares deeply for his people. Athletically strong, he ably fights with a sword but cannot swim.

Height: 5'11" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown


(Namora I#3/2 (fb)) - In 1248, Hunsen the Hated and his fellow political revolutionaries were exiled from Norway and sailed westward on a longboat over the Atlantic Ocean, eventually settling on uninhabited land (see comments). The colony population thrived into the hundreds but with little development as centuries passed. As the last descendant of the colony's original ruler, Hunsen became leader. However, a fever swept through the colony, killing all but but the strongest men. The survivors burnt the disease-ridden colony and Hunsen led his men as they sailed away to seek new lands.

(Namora I#3/2 (fb)) - Hunsen listened to his adviser Werten to sail west for greener lands.

(Namora I#3/2) - Hunsen's ship was spotted and the Atlantean heroes Namora and Namor alerted. The duo visited Dr. Svorland, an expert on Norse history, who found a record of the original exiled vikings and quickly taught the heroes old Nordic language so they could converse. Meanwhile, Hunsen and his hungry men made landfall and attacked a man and his house for food, but one viking was killed. Namor and Namora soon found the vikings, who captured Namora. Hunsen threatened war against America in retaliation for his fellow viking's death but Namora and Namor warned him of far more advanced war technologies. Hunsen challenged Namor to the tradition of wresting the truth staff from his grasp to prove honesty, but the two were evenly matched and the Atlanteans had to flee viking spears. Werten convinced Hunsen that their age had passed and they sailed off for their original abandoned colony to die, but hit a reef and the boat sank rapidly. Clad in heavy clothing, every viking sank quickly. Namor and Namora rushed in but could only save Hunsen, who told them of his colony's history with his last breaths. Namor took Hunsen's body out to sea to be buried with his fellow vikings.

Comments: Created by Bill Everett.

I'd consider Hunsen and his tribe to be stateless, not acknowledging any contemporary nation to be their own. This is compounded by their island exile lacking definition; it seems likely to be remote Newfoundland, given the close proximity of the US northeast coast, or else it could have been Greenland, but that would require swinging past Canada to get to the USA.

This complements modern-day interpretations of what led to the collapse of viking communities established in Greenland and Newfoundland, although viking settlements in Greenland were still disputed at the time of this story's publication.

This profile was completed 7/03/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Hunsen has no known connections to:

Dr. Svorland

Namor and Namora approached Dr. Svorland, an expert on Norse history, when news arrived of Hunsen's viking raider off the American coast. Svorland found a historical record that told of exiled vikings who sailed westward. He quickly taught the two Atlanteans the basics of the old Nordic language and the duo set off to investigate. When Namor and Namora were stalemated against the vikings, Svorland encouraged a peaceful approach to keep the vikings alive so that their history could be studied. Eager to learn more, he secretly followed the heroes and saw the tragedy as the viking ship crashed and sank on the reef with all on board lost. He agreed with the Atlanteans that no one else should know the resting place of the "last vikings."







--Namora I#3/2


Werten was Hunsen's trusted adviser. He spoke of bountiful lands to the west of their village that were initially treated as myth by Hunsen's reclusive colony. Werten joined Hunsen on the exploratory mission that soon became a raid. Later, he helped capture Namora, but when told of the current world by Namor and Namora and its much more advanced war technologies, Werten later convinced Hunsen to abandon his desire to conquer and instead accept fate to sail back. Werten perished in the sea when the viking ship hit a reef and quickly sank.





--Namora I#3/2

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Namora I#3/2, p5, pan6 (main image with truth staff)
   p4, pan6 (headshot)
   p8, pan4 (dying)
   p8, pan6 (Svorland)
   p2, pan6 (Werten)

Namora I#3/2 (December, 1948) - Bill Everett (writer, pencils, inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 09/30/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021

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