Valkyrior

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Valkyrior
Valkyrior.jpg
The Valkyrior as seen in Fear Itself: The Fearless #1 (October 2011). Art by Mark Bagley.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThor #133 (October 1966)
Created byStan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
Characteristics
Place of originAsgard
PantheonNorse
Notable membersBrunnhilde
Hildegarde
Danielle Moonstar
Misty Knight
Jane Foster

The Valkyrior is a fictional organization appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Based on the Valkyries of Norse mythology, the group, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appeared in Thor #133 (October 1966). Within the context of Marvel's shared universe, the Valkyrior is a group of female warriors led by Brunnhilde / Valkyrie that was originally designated by Odin to bring the souls of slain heroes to Valhalla. In 2013, the team became the subject of the short-lived series, The Fearless Defenders.

Publication history[edit]

The Valkyrior, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appeared in Thor #133 (October 1966). The team, led by Valkyrie and Misty Knight is the subject of the 2013 series, The Fearless Defenders by Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney. Bun said, "The basic idea of the book is that Valkyrie is choosing a new team of Valkyrior, and she's been asked to choose all these women from the heroes of Midgard, instead of from Asgard. She has completely failed in this task. Valkyrie has been unable to choose anyone that she feels is worthy to be one of the hosts of the shield maidens. So she just hasn't done it. She's dropped the ball. Because she's not done what she said she would do, nature—or supernature, as it is—abhors a vacuum. The absence of the Valkyrior has opened the door to something terrible. Something awful is waking, and Valkyrie finds that it's really her fault that she's put everything at risk."[1]

Fictional history[edit]

The Valkyrior are warrior goddesses of Asgard who ride winged horses. Originally, under the leadership of Brunnhilde, they took mortally wounded human heroes from German and Scandinavian battlegrounds and brought them to Valhalla, an area of the Asgardian dimension where the astral forms of the dead Asgardians and human heroes eternally feast and compete in friendly battles. The Valkyries were no longer able to perform this task when Odin, ruler of Asgard, vowed to the Celestials a millennium ago that he would severely restrict Asgardian contact with Earth.[volume & issue needed]

In later years, Brunnhilde became a member of Earth's Defenders.[volume & issue needed] The remaining Valkyries were killed in a war between Odin and Hela over rule of Valhalla.[volume & issue needed] Odin restored the Valkyries to life after he regained possession of Valhalla, but these Valkyries only have physical form within Valhalla; outside it, they exist only in astral form. Valtrauta has taken Brunnhilde's place as ruler of the Valkyrior, and Hildegarde's sister Krista (aka Mist) has filled the role of the ninth Valkyrie, left open since Brunnhilde's departure.[volume & issue needed]

Members[edit]

Asgard Valkyrior[edit]

  • Axe[2] – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Brunnhilde[3] – leader
  • Danielle Moonstar[4] – a original member of the New Mutants, she joined the Valkurior
  • Freya[5] – the Goddess of Fertility who used to work as a former Valkyrie
  • Gerda[6] – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Grimgerta[7] – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Gruenhilda[8] – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Hercara[8] – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Fatal Sisters[9] – a trio of Valkyries
    • Hilda – a member of the Valkyrior
    • Mista – a member of the Valkyrior
    • Sangrida – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Hildergarde[10] – a gifted Asgardian Valkyrie with extraordinary strength and great skills with the sword
  • Krista[11] – a member of the Valkyrior and sister of Hildegarde, she was kidnapped by Pluto so the Asgardians would go to war against the Olympians, but thankfully she was saved by Thor and Hercules
  • Leita[12] – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Mist[2] – a member of the Valkyrior, she invited Danielle to join them
  • Rossveissa[12] – also known as Svava, she is a member of the Valkyrior, but forced to serve Hela
  • Sygnet[13] – a member of the Valkyrior
  • Valtrauta[14] – a member of the Valkyrior

Defenders Valkyrior[edit]

Disir[edit]

  • Brün[17] – leader of the Disir, she was the first one to be cursed by Bor due to their rebellion when working with Sigurd
  • Göndul[18] – a member of the Disir, she is a coward and a fool
  • Hlökk[18] – a member of the Disir
  • Kára[17] – a member of the Disir

In other media[edit]

The Valkyrior appears in the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ching, Albert (2012-11-08). "Marvel NOW! Gets an All-Female Team of FEARLESS DEFENDERS". Newsarama. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  2. ^ a b New Mutants Special Edition #1. Marvel Comics
  3. ^ The Avengers #83. Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Marvel Graphic Novel #4. Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Thor #321. Marvel Comics
  6. ^ Thor #313. Marvel Comics
  7. ^ Thor #311. Marvel Comics
  8. ^ a b Thunderstrike Vol. 2 #1. Marvel Comics
  9. ^ X-Statix #25. Marvel Comics
  10. ^ Thor #195. Marvel Comics
  11. ^ Thor #217. Marvel Comics
  12. ^ a b Thor #133. Marvel Comics
  13. ^ Marvel Graphic Novel #15. Marvel Comics
  14. ^ Journey into Mystery #91. Marvel Comics
  15. ^ a b c d e f Fearless Defenders #3. Marvel Comics
  16. ^ Fearless Defenders #10. Marvel Comics
  17. ^ a b Thor #611. Marvel Comics
  18. ^ a b Thor #612. Marvel Comics
  19. ^ Smith, Nick; Lee, Zachary (2017-11-05). "Two Takes on Thor: Ragnarok". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 2017-11-07.

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