Hugin and Munin (Marvel Comics)

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Hugin and Munin
Hugin and munin.jpg
Munin (top) and Hugin (bottom)
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Thor #274 (August 1978)
Created by John Buscema and Roy Thomas
In-story information
Full name Hugin and Munin
Species Raven
Place of origin Asgard
Team affiliations Odin
Notable aliases Hugin - "Thought"
Munin - "Memory"

Hugin and Munin are fictional characters appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. They are based on the ravens of the same names from Norse mythology.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Hugin and Munin both first appeared in Thor #274 in August 1978, and were adapted from mythology by John Buscema and Roy Thomas.

The characters subsequently appeared in the Thor Vol 1 series in issues #274, #276, #300, #338, #339, #341-#344, #371, #373-#375, #379, #381, #478, and #484, spanning between August 1978-July 1987. Also appear in Avengers #310 (Nov 1989), Thor Vol 2 #45 (March 2002), Thor: Man of War #1 (Jan 2009), Marvel Pets Handbook #1 (Aug 2009), Thor and the Warriors Four #2 (July 2010), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #14 (Aug 2010), Thor and the Warriors Four #4 (Sept 2010), Thor #618 (Feb 2011), Loki Vol 2 #3 (April 2011), Thor #620 (April 2011), The Mighty Thor #1 (June 2011), Fear Itself #1 (June 2011), Journey into Mystery #622 (June 2011), The Mighty Thor #2 (July 2011), Fear Itself #2 (July 2011), Journey into Mystery #629 (Dec 2011), Avengers Origins: Thor #1 (Jan 2012).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Munin and Hugin are brothers and the ravens of Odin. He sends them out into the Nine Realms each day to learn what was transpiring. They are the ones that tell Odin about the coming of Ragnarök.[2]

There was a time when the birds went into Muspelheim after Odin sends them to travel to the demons domain and discover the secret of their origin. He carves runes into their claws so they may pass beyond any barrier.[3] When they get to their destination, Surtur senses their arrival and the fight begins.

The Death of Hugin[edit]

Heimdall watches as Hugin races for his life and falls to the bridge. Heimdall takes Odin to his home beside the bridge where Munin lay and Odin and Munin speak for a while, Munin telling Odin what he wanted to know.[4] Munin returns to the royal throne room with a black feather and gives it to Balder, now king since Odin's death. Seeing the single black feather as a bad omen, he calls Heimdall and has him watch over Asgard while he investigates his hunch about the feather.[5] Munin guides Balder through the endless desert until they find one of the Sisters of Fate and Balder asks her to grant him water from the Well of Life. She gladly gives it to him but tells him to use it wisely as it is a gift that can only be given once. Taking the vial of water, Balder explains that when Munin went down into the realm of Muspelheim with his brother Hugin, but Munin came back alone. Pulling out the single feather Munin gave him, Balder pours the water on it and resurrects Hugin. With the two birds reunited, Balder turns to thank the sister of fate, but finds that she is gone. With their quest over, Balder orders the birds to return with him to the city of Asgard.[6]

In the battle against Fin Fang Foom[edit]

Several Asgardians, including Sif and Fandral have fallen in the battle against Fin Fang Foom. Balder has also fallen but is conscious enough to tell Hugin and Munin to get the Elixir he got from Wyrd, and give it to Mick and Kevin. The birds retrieve it and give it to the boys who hand it off to Balder and help restore the fallen gods.[7]

Marnot[edit]

In addition to Hugin and Munin, Odin had a third raven, Hescamar, later renamed Marnot. Marnot's first appearance was in Thor Vol 2 #2 (August 1998), where he arrived in Hel to retrieve Thor from Hela so Thor could redeem himself for Jake Olson's death. When Hela hears that Marnot plans to take Thor away, she goes to stop him but Marnot grabs her by the throat, revealing that his power is enough to stop even her.[8] When Marnot revives Thor, it's in Jake Olson's body but Thor has no memory of Jake's life, so he has to bluff his way through it when he returns to Earth. Thor plans to leave Jake's body but Marnot tells him he doesn't recommend it before telling him he knows all he needs to and leaves.[9]

When Marnot tells Thor the story of the Dark Gods to talk him out of attacking them, Thor decides to cast all of the Dark Gods out of Asgard anyway.[10] After the defeat of the Dark Gods, Marnot was revealed to really be Hescamar and was later killed by one of Hela's Cyphers, who took the form of Keith Kincaid.[11]

He appeared in 10 episodes of the Thor Vol 2 issues, spanning from August 1998 to September 1999, and then again in one issue of Thor Vol 2 #37 (July 2001).

Other versions[edit]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel imprint, the crows appear in Ultimate Comics: Thor, a prequel to The Ultimates which explores the origins of Thor in a backstory more faithful to the Norse mythological stories. They appear alongside Odin and are killed during Ragnarok.

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCoy, Dan. "Hugin and Munin". NorseMythology.org. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Thor Vol 1 #274 (August 1978)
  3. ^ Thor Vol 1 #341 (March 1984)
  4. ^ Thor Vol 1 #343-344 (May–June 1984)
  5. ^ Thor Vol 1 #373 (November 1986)
  6. ^ Thor Vol 1 #374 (December 1986)
  7. ^ Thor Vol 1 #379 (May 1987)
  8. ^ Thor Vol 2 #2 (August 1998)
  9. ^ Thor Vol 2 #3 (September 1998)
  10. ^ Thor Vol 2 #12 (June 1999)
  11. ^ Thor Vol 2 #37 (July 2001)
  12. ^ Moulder, Emily (20 July 2010). "New Images From Thor". On The Box. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 

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