Classification: Magic item;
    presumably active in some form from the post-Hyborian era to the modern era, notably in the first millennium AD, the end of which the Rhinegold was transformed into the Oversword.

Creator: Asgardian Dwarves forged the Aesir Thor's hammer, Mjolnir;
Magni and Modi hurled Mjolnir to Earth, the travel between realms transforming it into the Rhinegold;
    Mime forged the Rhinegold into the Circlet of Power/Ring of Power/Ring of the Nibelung/Rhinegold Ring;       
    Odin transformed the Ring of the Nibelung into the Oversword

User/Possessors: Alberich, Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, Fafnir the Jotun, Odin Borson, Mime, Rhinemaidens (Flosshilda, Vellgunda, and Voglinda), Siegfried (a mortal incarnation of Thor Odinson), Thor Odinson;
    Mangog sat atop the Odinsword and once partially withdrew it, but ultimately was vanquished before doing so

Location: The greatest chamber of the palace royal

Aliases: Odin-Sword, Odin Sword, Oversword of Asgard, Ragnarok (apparently its true name);
    formerly Circlet of Power, Mjolnir, Rhinegold, Rhinegold Ring, Ring of the Nibelung, Ring of Power

First Appearance: (Rhinegold historical/Ring of the Nibelung) Nibelungenlied (circa 1200 AD; see comments);
    (Wagner's Rhinegold/Ring of the Nibelung) Das Rhinegold (The Rhinegold), the first of four parts in the opera "Der Ring Des Nibelung" (The Ring of the Nibelung) opera (September 22, 1869);
    (Oversword) Journey into Mystery I#117 (June, 1965);
    (Aesir Thor's Mjolnir) Thor I#293 (March, 1980);
    (Marvel's Rhinegold) Thor I#294 (April, 1980);
Ring of the Nibelung) Thor I#295 (May, 1980);

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Aesir Thor's hammer Mjolnir was presumably composed of Uru, a virtually indestructible ore native to Nidavellir, the realm of the Dwarves, of the 9 (now 10) realms in the Asgardian cosmology.

    Mjolnir allowed Thor to control the weather, and it could be used to strike with great force.

    None but Thor could lift it; however, after Thor's death, his son's Magni and Modi were able to lift it together.

       Traveling from the dying realm of Asgard to Earth magically transformed Mjolnir into the magical Rhinegold.

    The Rhinegold was a shining mass of gold, much larger than the Circlet of Power and certainly the human finger-sized Ring of the Nibelung.

    The Circlet of Power / Ring of Power / Ring of the Nibelung granted vast, but unspecified power.

        Fafnir used it to transport/teleport himself and to transform into a powerful dragon.

    The Circlet was perhaps 8" in diameter, with four smaller rings through which one could fit one's four fingers. It could change sizes to perfectly fit as a ring for a single finger on a giant or a man.

    Cursed by Alberich, the Ring was lusted after by all gods and men, but none would rejoice in possessing it, instead eventually meeting a grim fate.

    The Odinsword/Oversword was close to 10 meters long and described (hyperbole, almost certainly) as the most awesome weapon in the universe.

    Asgard would be safe from the Ring's cosmic curse so long as the sword remained within its sheath, and only one as powerful as Odin, who could purge himself through the rite of self-sacrifice, could wield the Oversword without rending the fabric of infinity. Odin further made sure that every Asgardian knew of the Oversword's power and that whoever withdrew it from its scabbard would bring the Nibelung curse upon himself, causing the Heavens to tremble around him.

    The curse of the Nibelung caused the Odinsword to forcibly unsheathe itself if Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods, came close at hand.

    Only Odin could resheath the Odinsword if were partially unsheathed.

    Arishem's melting of the Odinsword purged it of Alberich's curse.

    Reformed or replaced, it was a large sword (perhaps 5-6' long), fit for human proportions. It was highly durable and could be used to defeat a being as powerful as Cul the Serpent at the height of its power.

aesir-previous_cycle-Magni & Modi throw MjolnirHistory:
(Thor I#293 (fb) - BTS) - In the previous age of Asgard, the Dwarves forged the hammer Mjolnir for the Odin's son Thor of the Aesir.

(Thor I#293 (fb)) - Observing Balder's death alongside Odin, Thor carried his hammer as he joined the forces of Asgard in opposing the Loki-led forces opposing Asgard.

    The Midgard Serpent rose up and then dove at Thor, sinking its fangs deep into his flesh.

    Thor forced its jaws open and then struck it dead with a lightning-augmented strike of his hammer, Mjolnir.

    However, Thor soon after fell dead from its venom.oversword-rhinegold

(Thor I#294 (fb)) - After Asgard's destruction, Mjolnir was found in the Planes of Ida by Thor's sons, Magni and Modi.

    They found that while no one but Thor could lift it previously, the two of them could now lift it together. 

    Modi considered that they might use the hammer's power to lord it over their fellow Aesir, but Magni convinced him against this idea, and they instead cast the hammer to Earth. 

    The hammer landed in a river (which would become known as the Rhine) in the land that would become Europe' Rhine Valley, landing with such impact that it altered the river's course for all time.

    Additionally, the hammer changed in passing from the ruins of old Asgard to Midgard, turning into blinding gold.

    As a great glowing rock, it rested on an unreachable peak amid the flowing waters, and it would become known as the Rhinegold.

(Thor I#294 (fb) - BTS) - The Rhinegold came to be guarded by a trio of mermaids known as the Rhinemaidens: Flosshilda, Vellgunda, and Voglinda.

    It was said that world-conquest would be the prize of one who forged a ring of the Rhinegold, but only one who renounced love in all its myriad forms would ever find magic enough to forge such a ring.

    Odin proclaimed that none should steal the Rhinegold, and he apparently warned the Rhinemaidens of the types that might try to steal it.

(Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Oversword profile) - The Rhinemaidens guarded the Rhinegold for many centuries.

(Thor I#294 (fb)) - Alberich of the Nibelung approached the river Rhine as the Rhinemaidens lounged near the Rhinegold.

    Flosshilda feared that he might be the foe seeking to steal the Rhinegold of which Odin had warned them, but Alberich claimed he merely wished to know what was gleaming.

    Flosshilda then teased Alberich, telling him the Rhinegold was not for any mortal. oversword-circlet-power-odin

    When Alberich asked its secret, Vellgunda told him of its prophecies of power, but that no one would want it,  as it required renouncing all forms of love.

    Never having known love, Alberich leapt atop the shallow peak and stole the Rhinegold despite the pleadings of the Rhinemaidens, who were unable to leave the water.

(Thor I#295 (fb) - BTS) - Alberich forced his brother, Mime, to forge the Rhinegold into the Circlet of Power and create the helmet Tarnhelm. Alberich used the Circlet of Power to enslaving the other gnomes of the Nibelung in the caverns beneath Nibelheim.

(Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Oversword profile) - With the ring, Alberich was blessed with good fortune, enabling him to mine vast riches of gold from the ground.

(Thor I#295 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking the Rhinegold to trade to the giant brothers Fafnir and Fasolt for the recovery of the goddess Idunn, the gods Thor, Odin, and Loki broke into the caverns of Nibelheim.

(Thor I#295 (fb)) - As Mime pleaded with Alberich not to enslave him and their brother-gnomes, Alberich noted that power had no kith or kin and that soon the men of Midgard would break their backs laboring for him as well. 

    Ultimately the gods tricked Alberich into using the Tarnhelm to transform into a toad, which Odin threatened to crush with his foot.

    The gods then forced Alberich to surrender the Circlet of Power, Tarnhelm, and gold horde.oversword-ring-siegfried

    As he surrender the Ring, Alberich uttered the Nibelung curse: "No man or god shall rejoice in possessing this ring -- though all in Heaven or Earth shall lust for it"; the curse would stand until the Ring was back in his (Alberich's) hand. Decrying Alberich as a robber of mermaids, Odin pulled the ring from Alberich's hand.

    As he flew through the air, Alberich warned Odin that he would one day remember his words and curse himself for his impudent folly.

(Thor I#296 (fb)) - When Odin delivered the golden horde and the Tarnhelm to Fafnir and Fasolt, Fafnir demanded the Ring as well. When Odin refused, Thor appreciated that Odin was acting like a man possessed. The Earth goddess and prophetess Erda then appeared, insisting Odin surrender the Ring, as only despair and destruction would mark its owner's end, and that if he did not surrender the ring, "a mournful day would dawn for Valhalla, long before it's time." After Erda departed, Odin was still tempted by the Ring, but then realized that might be all the more reason to get rid of it, and so he surrendered it to the giants, who then released Idunn back to the gods.oversword-ring-siegfried-brunnhilde

    Fafnir put the ring on his finger, noting that whether by magic or design, the larger circle on the ring fit his hand perfectly. Fafnir told Fasolt they would split the rest of the gold, though he (Fafnir) would take both the larger portion and the Tarnhelm himself as well. Fasolt refused to accept this, and in the ensuing battle, Fafnir fatally stabbed Fasolt.

    Prior to using the Ring's power to transport himself away, Fafnir warned the gods that one day he would know the full secret of Mime's golden ring, and on that day they would learn that even immmortals may perish -- at Ragnarok.

(Thor I#297 (fb) - BTS) - Via the Ring of Power, Fafnir transformed himself into a dragon. 

(Thor I#297 (fb) - BTS / Thor I#298 (fb) - BTS) - At the guidance of his foster father, Mime, Siegfried confronted, battled, and mortally wounded Fafnir. 

(Thor I#298 (fb)) - Reverting to his humanoid giant form, Fafnir told Siegfried of the Rhinegold and his golden hoard, which was now Siegfried's, though treason followed he who held it..."and the one who plotted for you this terrible deed...shapes you for death..." (hinting of Mime's intent to kill Siegfried to gain the Ring).

    Having heard Fafnir mention a ring, Siegfried pulled the glowing Circlet of Power from Fafnir's giant finger, and the ring then shrunk to a size to fit his hand, allowing Siegfried to don it. Its shrinking made Siegfried certain that the ring -- whose power he sensed was even greater than his sword, Needful's -- was made for him, and he swiftly resolved that none should ever wrest it away.

(Thor I#298 (fb)) - When Mime offered Siegfried poisoned wine, Siegfried recognized the treachery and slew Mime. siegfried-thorincarnation-deathgrip.jpg

    Later, Siegfried rescued the maiden Brunnhilde from her endless sleep, and the two fell in love.

(Thor I#299 (fb)) - Before departing to fulfill his destiny of saving the world, Siegfried gave Brunnhilde the Ring of the Nibelung to wear as a symbol of their undying love.

    The dwarf Hagen (Alberich's son) duped Siegfried into drinking a potion that put him under control of Gutruna, the younger sister of Gibichung clan lord Gunther. oversword-odin-crucified

    No longer remembering Brunnhilde, Siegfried (in the form of Gunther) reclaimed the Ring of the Nibelung by force. Noting that only he who had placed the ring upon her finger could remove it, Brunnhilde asked what type of demon he was, but "Gunther" explained that he was merely a man of might. After she swooned, Siegfried brought Brunnhilde to Gunther to be his wife and returned to his own form; meanwhile, Hagen plotted to have Gunther slay Siegfried, so Hagen could claim the Ring of the Nibelung.

    During the planned dual wedding of Brunnhilde to Gunther and Siegfried to Gutruna, Brunnhilde regained her wits and revealed her past relationship with Siegfried. Misunderstanding the timing of this, Gunther believed Siegfried had betrayed him and ultimately ordered him to leave his kingdom. During this same time, Brunnhilde -- distraught by Siegfried's apparent betrayal -- unwittingly admitted that Siegfried was charmed, impervious to all harm provided he never turned his back on his foe.

(Thor I#300 (fb)) - The next day, while Gunther tried to make amends with Siegfried, Hagen rushed forward and shoved his spear through Siegfried's back, killing him.

    After returning to the castle, Gunther denounced and was killed by Hagen. When Gutruna ordered the guards to seize Hagen, he attempted to claim the Rhinegold ring, bragging that he would soon have all others in his power, but Siegfried's lifeless fist suddenly clenched the ring defiantly, preventing Hagen from getting it.

    After Brunnhilde and her steed leapt atop Siegfried's funeral pyre, Odin restored them to their true godly forms as Thor and Brunnhilde the Valkyrie before dismissing them and erasing their memory of those events. oversword-creation

    Odin then claimed the Ring of Power, which had reverted to its true form, accepting its curse for himself. Mustering his dwindling strength, he snapped the Rhinegold circlet in half, stripped off his royal garb, and approached Yggdrasil, the world ash. Impaling himself on his sacred spear, Gungnir, Odin then had his ravens, Hugin and Munin, fly him up against the tree and use each of the halves of the Ring of Power to pin his wrists against the tree.

    As he hung there for days, Odin prayed that his sacrifice might stave off Ragnarok. On the ninth day, the Earth goddess Gaea approached Odin, showing him a vision of a giant vessel approaching Earth and telling him he would have to free himself to learn the craft's significance.

    Filled with vitality and a new sense of purpose, Odin summoned every vestige of his almost-depleted might and wrenched himself free of the Rhinegold restraints. After gathering his strength, Odin rose, tucked the ring fragments into his breach (his wound?), and staggered back to Asgard.

    Learning from Mimir of the Space Gods (Celestials) who were coming to judge Earth, Odin arranged a meeting of the Godheads of Earth's various pantheons.

    Ultimately forced by the Celestials' vast power to swear not to interfere with their mission for the next millennium, the Godheads prepared for a future conflict with the Celestials. Odin had his greatest craftsmen forge the Destroyer armor.

    Odin then used his mystic power scepter, fashioned by his chief wizard for the purpose of channeling his might, sending a magical ray into the Rhinegold ring halves that unleashed the Ring's very essence. Even Odin was forced to step back and shut his eyes against the brilliant glare as the shimmering Rhinegold assumed new form and dimensions according to his will.

    As Odin opened his eyes, the change was complete, and the Rhinegold had been transformed into a huge, magificent sword, which Odin decreed would be known as the Oversword of Asgard.oversword-rhinegold-ring-jim117

    Asgard would be safe from the Ring's cosmic curse so long as the sword remained within its sheath, and only one as powerful as Odin, who could purge himself through the rite of self-sacrifice, could wield the Oversword without rending the fabric of infinity.

    Odin further made sure that every Asgardian knew of the Oversword's power and that whoever withdrew it from its scabbard would bring the Nibelung curse upon himself, causing the Heavens to tremble around him.

    Odin hoped, in a millennium, to bequeath the curse to the Celestials. oversword-rhinegold-ring-jim117-cracks

(Journey into Mystery I#117/2 (fb) - BTS) - Legend foretold that if the Oversword ever left its sheath, the end of the universe would be at hand.

(Journey into Mystery I#117/2 (fb) - BTS) - Odin discovered a crack in the Oversword.

(Journey into Mystery I#117/2) - Odin showed the cracks in the Oversword to Thor and Loki, and they all appreciated that the larger the cracks became the closer they came to annihilation.

(Journey into Mystery I#117/2 - BTS) - Odin dispatched Thor and Loki on a quest through Asgard's Nine Worlds in search of the hidden foe that was the cause of the cracks in the blade.

(Thor I#126/2 - BTS /Thor I#127/2 - BTS) - Odin summoned Thor and Loki back to Asgard, where he consulted with the prophetess Volla and learned of Ragnarok's threat.

(Thor I#128/2 - BTS / Thor I#129/2 - BTS) - Blaming Loki for Ragnarok, Odin put Loki in the Well of Eternal Sleep

(Thor I#128) - After the sorcerer Seidring had betrayed Odin and usurped his power, Thor rushed to the Odin Sword to gain the power to challenge Seidring.

    However, before he could touch its hilt, Siedring blasted him away, although Seidring had to limit his blast to avoid affecting the Odin Sword (noting that if the Odin Sword fell, the cosmos itself would vanish).

    Merely stunned, Thor rose to his feet and grabbed the sword's hilt and ordered Seidring to return the Odinpower or he would draw the sword. After briefly hesitating, Seidring fearfully yielded and returned the Odinpower to Odin.

(Thor I#144 - BTS) - Forsung of the Enhanters challenged Odin to combat for supremacy of Asgard, with the Odin-Sword (within the nearby vault, the exterior of which was pictured) as the prize.

(Thor I#145 (fb) - BTS) - Odin slew Forsung during their challenge.


(Thor I#156) - As the Mangog made its way to Asgard, seeking to draw the Odinsword, Rigellian Recorder#211 arrived in Asgard city and, with Odin undergoing the Odinsleep, warned Sif of Mangog's intent. 

    In order monitor the coming events, the Recorder accompanied Sif to the Odinsword, which she pledged to defend with her life.

(Thor I#157) - Despite the combined efforts of the Asgardians, the Mangog made its way to the Odinsword's chamber. Fighting past Thor and Sif, the Mangog began to withdraw the Odinsword. 

    Thor desperately summoned a powerful storm that awakened Odin from the Odinsleep.

    Odin then broke the spell that created Mangog, restoring its "billion billion beings" to existence, and Mangog faded from existence.

    Odin then replaced the partially unsheathed Odinsword.


(Thor I#184 (fb) - BTS) - Over an undeterminded period of time, Odin found the Odinsword seemingly straining to unsheathe itself; each day, he would sheath it anew, only to find it beginning to unsheathe again the next day.

    Additionally, Odin was haunted by the word "infinity," the significance of which he was unable to determine.

(Thor I#184) - Odin summoned Thor to Earth, noting how the planets at the outermost end of the universe were progressively vanishing, and showing him how the Odinsword was straining to unsheathe itself and telling him of the word "infinity."

(Thor I#184 - BTS) - Odin departed to seek out Infinity, later sending an image of himself to Thor, warning him of the threat from the world beyond and of "infinity."

(Thor I#185) - The Vizier showed Sif how the Odinsword slowly but progressively was backing out of its sheath.

(Thor I#186) - The Vizier told Sif how the world would end when the Odinsword was unsheathed, and that each time he looked, it had backed out more.

    The Warriors Three - Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg -- who had returned from the World Beyond entranced, broke into the Odinsword's chamber, instructing Sif to stand aside, as the Odinsword must leave its scabbard.

(Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Oversword profile) - Sif organized an effort to force it back, employing a massive vice and dozens of gods.

(Thor I#187) - The vice was used in a futile attempt to force the Odinsword back into its sheath; Odin's vizier noted that only Odin could sheath the mystic blade.

    Later, Sif showed Loki a vision of the unsheathing Odinsword, convincing Loki to aid Asgard's efforts for his own benefit.

(Thor I#188) - As giants and trolls assaulted Asgard's gods, the Odinsword continued to slip ever further from its scabbard.

    After Odin drove off Infinity's influence and returned to Asgard, he restored the nearly completely unsheathed Odinsword.


(Thor I#198) - Mangog broke into the Odinsword's chamber and withdrew the Odinsword. As the building was torn apart by the unleashed forces, Odin confronted the Mangog, who charged him with the Odinsword. Odin, however, drained his remaining power to both sever Mangog from his master's hate (the source of his power) and sending the Odinsword back into its sheath.

(Thor I#198 - BTS) - Mangog dwindled and shrunk from existence.

(Thor I#250 (fb)) - Igron used power usurped from each Asgardian god to restore Mangog's power.

(Thor I#249) - A restored Mangog, having usurped the position and form of Odin, had a number of warriors carry the Odinsword from its chambers(from which it had never been moved before) to the throne room. This decision caused a number of Odin's most loyal supporters to question his sanity.

    Dismissing this, "Odin" noted that none would dare oppose him or risk the Odinsword being unsheathed. He then had the golden throne brought down and set atop the Odinsword.

    When Thor entered the throne room and and questioned the sitting of "Odin" atop the Odinsword and his choosing the treacherous Igron as his aide, "Odin" transformed into his true form of Mangog.

(Thor I#250) - Mangog warned Thor that if anyone tried to usurp his golden throne, he would pull the Odinsword from its scabbard, and bring the universe to a swift and fiery end.

    After Mangog's true identity was eventually exposed, Mangog returned to the Odinsword to withdraw it. However, as Thor opposed him, Mangog used up the energy that sustained him, and he faded from existence.


(Thor I#293-300) - The Eye of Odin related to Thor the history of the Aesir, the Rhinegold, the Ring/Circlet of Power, and the creation of the Oversword.

(Thor I#300 (fb) - BTS) - In preparation to confront the Celestials, Odin gathered the spirits/life forces of the Asgardians (not including Thor, who was in the extradimensional realm of the Eye of Odin), animated the Destroyer armor (which grew to 2000' tall), and withdrew the Odinsword.

(Thor I#300) - Wielding the Odinsword, the Asgardians-powered and Odin-controlled Destroyer confronted the Celestials in the City of the Space Gods in the Andes alongside the Uni-Mind (containing the collective power and forms of Earth's Eternals).

    The Destroyer used the Odinsword to cut off Nezarr's arm, but the Celestial restored the severed limb.

    Ultimately, however, the Celestials dispersed the Uni-Mind, and -- after Tefral the Surveyor blasted the Oversword from its hand -- melted the Destroyer into molten slag.

    Believing his father and possibly all of the Asgardian gods to have perished, Thor attacked the Celestials, eventually hurling the Oversword to impale the mighty Arishem the Judge.

    Apparently having allowed the sword to penetrate his form to better analyze its alien structure and mystic properties.

    Withdrawing the Oversword from himself, Arishem then melted it, somehow purging the Nibelung's heinous curse in the process.

    Gaea then interrupted the conflict, revealing the Young Gods she had gathered as representatives of the best of mankind, which caused the Celestials to judge in humanity's favor.


(Fear Itself#6) - As Thor prepared to face Cul, the Serpent, Odin presented Thor with the Odinsword (now in the proportions of a human's sword (or maybe a littler bigger)), noting that it's true name was Ragnarok and that it was capable of killing Cul. He further noted it as "A blade forged to end all things. A warning and a promise, this, as big as anything."odinsword-rhinegold-ring-fi6

(Fear Itself#7 - BTS) - Thor returned to Earth alongside Iron Man, who delivered Odin-blessed weapons to Earth's heroes.odinsword-rhinegold-ring-fi7

(Journey into Mystery I#628) - Wielding the Odinsword and Mjolnir, Thor flew to confront Cul.

(Fear Itself#7) - Wielding the Odinsword and Mjolnir, Thor confronted Cul (in the form of giant winged serpent)

(Avengers Academy#20) -
Wielding the Odinsword and Mjolnir, Thor weathered Cul's fiery breath.

(Fear Itself#7) - As the Cul-serpent coiled around him, Thor slashed the coils with the Odinsword and then hurled Mjolnir to Earth, and Captain America wielded the hammer to lead Earth's forces against Cul's "Worthy" and his other armies.

    Thor repeated slashed the Cul-serpent with the sword, stabbing through his tongue and holding open his mouth to prevent being swallowed.

(Journey into Mystery I#628) - Standing atop Cul, Thor raised the Odinsword.

(Fear Itself#7) - Thor stabbed the sword in Cul's head, defeating him.

(Fear Itself#7 - BTS) - After Cul fell to Earth, Thor made his way to Odin before collapsing, seemingly dead.

    Odin took Cul to Asgard to watch over him and sealed the realm off from the other Asgardians.

Comments: The Rhinegold and the Ring of the Nibelung was created by unidentified Norse persons in the Nibelungenlied (more on that below);
    adapted by Richard Wagner in his Ring of the Nibelung trilogy
(more on that below);
    adapted to Marvel from Wagner's version by
Roy Thomas, Keith Pollard, and Chic Stone.
    The Oversword/Odinsword was created by
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Vince Colletta.

    For your listening pleasure: Open this music in a separate window and play it while you read this profile.
If the link doesn't work, Google "Ride of the Valkyrie" and play that.

    The Rhinegold was based on the Rhinegold from Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), the first of four parts in the opera "Der Ring Des Nibelung" (The Ring of the Nibelung) opera. You can Google it for more information. Or just play Bugs Bunny's "Kill the Rabbit" version of Wagner's "Flight of the Valkyrie."

    There are no good straight-on images of the Destroyer wielding the Odinsword. The only one is from a weird perspective of looking down on the Destroyer and it cuts off the top of the sword. I used the Celestials image because it is so impressive, and because you can also see the scabbard so well.

Oversword or Odinsword...or Odin-Sword?

    In its first appearance the sword is called the "Oversword of Asgard," and a footnote notes, "sometimes referred to as Odinsword." It's most commonly Odin-Sword in the 100s issues, but "Odinsword" with no hyphen in #198, 249. It is again referred to both as the "Oversword of Asgard" and the Odinsword in Thor I#300

    I did NOT see the Odinsword in Thor I#186, but that's because my copy is missing pages 11-14. Thanks to Daron Jensen for supplying me with scans of the relevant pages.

Fate of the Odinsword?

    Circa Thor I#300 (1980), the Celestials melted down the Odinsword (purging it of the Rhinegold curse in the process) and the Destroyer. The Destroyer was later returned to existence around Thor I#381 or so, but the Odinsword never came back…until Fear Itself#6-7 (and associated issues, circa 2011), when Odin gives a now normal-sized sword to Thor to use against Cul, the Serpent. Thor seems to perish defeating Cul.

     Thor gets brought back to life in Mighty Thor I#8-12 (2012): Trapped on a God Ark, Thor drifted toward the god-eating Demogorge, but was invigorated when Mjolnir returned and enabled him to escape the afterlife.

    But, we don’t see the Odinsword again. Was it referenced as destroyed, or what happened to it? How was it reformed in the first place?

    We do subsequently see Odin using swords in battle, but nothing demonstrates any power that would indicate them/it to be the Odinsword/Oversword, as opposed to just Odin's sword.

Wagner created the story of the Ring by fusing elements from many German and Scandinavian myths and folk tales. The Old Norse Edda supplied much of the material for Das Rheingold, while Die Walküre was largely based on the Völsunga saga. Siegfried contains elements from the Eddur, the Völsunga saga and Thidrekssaga. The final Götterdämmerung, draws from the 12th-century German poem, the Nibelungenlied, which appears to have been the original inspiration for the Ring.

Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), WWV 86, is a cycle of four German-language epic music dramas composed by Richard Wagner. The works are based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied. The composer termed the cycle a "Bühnenfestspiel" (stage festival play), structured in three days preceded by a Vorabend ("preliminary evening"). It is often referred to as the Ring Cycle, Wagner's Ring, or simply The Ring.

Wagner wrote the libretto and music over the course of about twenty-six years, from 1848 to 1874. The four parts that constitute the Ring cycle are, in sequence:

    I'm not sure why Alberich couldn't access the Ring's power even in toad form...perhaps once Odin got the better of him he magically prevented Alberich from using it against them? Or maybe Alberich just panicked and didn't think to use it.

    Thanks to Roger Ott for providing a digital copy of the Destroyer facing the Celestials!

     Daron also tells me that we see alternate reality or other versions of the Odinsword (I didn't check for this profile, because they're not for this Odinsword); additionally, they could be Odin with a sword, rather than the Odinsword:
    This profile was completed 11/17/2020, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood.

Mjolnir (the hammer of Thor from a previous Asgardian cycle), the Rhinegold, the Circlet of Power/Ring of Power/Ring of the Nibelung, and the Odinsword/Oversword should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Journey into Mystery I#117/2, pg. 4, panel 3 (Oversword as first depicted);
       pg. 5, panel 1 (cracks in blade)
Thor I#156, pg. 20, panel 1 (with Sif, viewed from hilt);
    #157, pg. 17, panel 3 (Mangog unsheathing);
    #187, pg. 10, panel 1 (Asgardians using vice to try to re-sheath the Odinsword);
    #249, pg. 10, panel 1 (Asgardians moving Odinsword);
    #293, pg. 15, panel 1 (Aesir Thor striking Midgard Serpent with Mjolnir);

    #294, pg. 6, panel 2 (Magni and Modi hurl Mjolnir from previous Ragnarok to Earth);
        pg. 7, panel 1-3 (Mjolnir striking Earth, transformed into Rhinegold);
        pg. 14, panel 2 (Alberich claiming the Rhinegold);
    #295, cover (Ring/Circlet of Power - full);
        pg. 14, panel 5 (Odin holding Circlet of Power);
    #298, pg. 9, panel 5-6 (Siegfried removing the Ring from Fafnir's finger; Ring shrinking to fit Siegfried's finger);
    #299, pg. 2, panel 6 (Siegfried placing Ring on Brunnhilde's finger)
    #300, pg. 4, panel 8 (corpse defiantly clenching Ring);
       pg. 8, panel 5 (Circlet of Power halves holding Odin crucified against Yggdrasil);
       pg. 18, panel 3-4 (Odin channeling power into Circlet halves, transforming);
          panel 5 (Odinsword created);
       pg. 24-25 (Giant Destroyer holding Odinsword, confronting Celestials);
       pg. 35, panel 3-4 (Arishem examining and then melting Odinsword);
Fear Itself#6, pg. 14, panel 8 (Odin with Odinsword);
    #7, pg. 24, panel 7 (Thor with Odinsword, preparing to stab Cul)

Journey into Mystery I#117/2 (June, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Thor I#126-129 (March-June, 1966) - Stan
Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Thor I#144-145 (September-October, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Thor I#156-157 (September-October, 1968) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Thor I#184 (January, 1971) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Thor I#185 (February, 1971) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), John Verpoorten (inker)
Thor I#186-187 (March-April, 1971) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Thor I#198 (April, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Thor I#249-250 (July-August, 1976) - Len Wein (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Tony DeZuniga (inker)
Thor I#294-295 (April-May, 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)
Fear Itself#6 (November, 2011) - Matt Fraction (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade von Grawbadger (inker), Lauren Sankovitch (editor), Tom Brevoort (executive editor)
Journey into Mystery I#628 (November, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Whilce Portacio (penciler), Allen Martinez (inker), John Denning (assistant editor), Lauren Sankovitch (editor), Tom Brevoort (senior editor)
Avengers Academy#20 (December, 2011) - Christos Gage (writer), Tom Raney (penciler), Scott Hanna (writer), John Denning & Jake Thomas (assistant editors), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Oversword profile (June, 2011) - Michael Hoskin (head writer), Jeff Christiansen & Mike O'Sullivan (head writers/coordinators), Alex Starbuck & Nelson Ribeiro (assistant editors), Jennifer Grunwald & Mark D. Beazley (editors, special projects), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Fear Itself#7 (December, 2011) - Matt Fraction (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade von Grawbadger with Vines (inker), Lauren Sankovitch (editor), Tom Brevoort (executive editor)
Journey into Mystery I#629 (December, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Whilce Portacio (penciler), Allen Martinez (inker), John Denning (assistant editor), Lauren Sankovitch (editor), Tom Brevoort (senior editor)

Thor: Asgard's Avenger: Oversword profile

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First posted: 09/03/2021
Last updated: 08/31/2021

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