Laufey (comics)

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Laufey
Laufey
Thor vol. 3, #12 (Jan. 2009)
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Journey into Mystery #112 (Jan. 1965)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Species Frost Giants
Place of origin Jotunheim
Abilities Superhuman strength and physical resistance
Resistance to Earthly illness
Immunity to hypothermia and frostbite
Weakness to heat

Laufey is a comic book supervillain appearing in books published by Marvel Comics, usually as an enemy of the Asgardian king Odin, father of Thor. He is the King of the Frost Giants, the biological father of Thor's stepbrother and archenemy, Loki. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Journey into Mystery #112 (Jan. 1965), and was based on the frost giantess of the same name who, in Norse mythology was actually the mother of Loki.

Publication history[edit]

Laufey was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Journey into Mystery #112 (Jan. 1965).

Fictional character biography[edit]

In the early days of the universe, Odin, the King of Asgard, marched his forces into Jotunheim to battle Laufey and the Frost Giants.[1] At the time, Odin was wielding the mystical hammer Mjolnir.[2] Odin faced down Laufey and destroyed his war club, prompting Laufey to brandish a sword. Laufey tried to use his knowledge of land, such as trying to stop Odin with a concealed fire pit. A sprawling battle between the two forces ensued.[1] The battle ended with Odin using Mjolnir to crush Laufey's skull.[2] Odin discovered a baby that was Laufey's son Loki amongst the wreckage of the castle and made the decision to raise him as his own. Laufey had kept Loki hidden as he was ashamed that Loki had been born a runt.[1]

It was later retconned that Loki had been a child, rather than a baby, when Laufey was killed. The day prior to the battle, Loki had attempted to inform him of an opportunity to stealthily kill Odin prior to the battle. Laufey struck Loki for calling him a coward.[3] The next day, after the fateful battle and Odin's claiming of Loki as a son, Laufey was left wounded, but alive. A version of Loki from the future, who had traveled back in time to alter events, proceeded to decapitate him, stating that Laufey would never strike him again. He also made Odin adopt him.[3]

The remains of Laufey, specifically his skull, play an important role in the first three issues of the renewed Thor series. Laufey's revitalized men attempt to reclaim his remains from a Midgardian scientific facility. [4]

Genealogy[edit]

Laufey's family tree as it appears in Thor #500 (July 1996):


 
 
 
 
 
 
Buri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mimir
 
Bor
 
Bestla
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jord
 
 
Grid
 
Odin
 
Frigga
 
Vili
 
Ve
 
Laufey
 
Farbauti
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thor
 
Vidar
 
Tyr
 
Hermod
 
Balder
 
 
 
 
 
Loki
(adopted by
Odin & Frigga)
  • Odin has another brother, Cul, introduced in the 2011 miniseries, Fear Itself, who in the comics was erased from all known history.[5][6]
  • Odin and Frigga have a daughter, Angela, whose parentage was kept secret until the 2014 miniseries, Original Sin.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Like all Frost Giants, Laufey is immortal and possesses superhuman strength and resistance to physical injury and Earthly illness, as well as a weakness to heat. As a Frost Giant, Laufey is unharmed by cold temperatures, making him immune to hypothermia and frostbite.

Laufey is cryokinetic and has been seen wielding many weapons, including a giant war club,[1] a sword,[1] and a large axe.[3]

In other media[edit]

Film and television[edit]

  • Laufey appears in the Marvel Studios film Thor played by Colm Feore.[8] As in the comics, he is Loki's father although he is unaware of the connection. Loki gives him access to Asgard, but later betrays and kills him before he can kill Odin in the Odinsleep.
  • Laufey appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Hulks on Ice", voiced by Enn Reitel. He leads the Frost Giants in a plot to take over the Nine Worlds. Upon confronting Laufey, the Hulks and Thor end up subdued by the cold winds and captured. Laufey arrives revealing his plot and even commented that he doesn't know what Thor sees in the humans. She-Hulk breaks free from the ice and frees Thor and the Hulks as Laufey gets away. After defeating the three-headed Ice Serpent, the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Thor arrive at Laufey's lair as Laufey unleashes his ice creatures on them. Following the plug-up of the ice, Laufey states that they have helped to free Ymir who will help bring an endless winter to Earth. Thor engages Laufey in battle while the others work to fight Ymir's weak spot. Laufey states that as Earth grows cold, his power increases. After Red Hulk's heat had helped to defeat Ymir, Laufey retreats back to Jotunheim. In the episode "Into the Negative Zone," it is revealed that Leader tipped off Laufey on where he could find Ymir.

Video games and toys[edit]

  • Laufey appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes voiced by John DiMaggio. In a bonus mission at Jotunheim, Laufey collaborates with Malekith the Accursed where they capture Heimdall and trap him in an icy prison causing Thor and Loki to come to his rescue. Unlike Malekith the Accursed, Laufey does not engage Thor and Loki in battle.
  • A figure of Laufey was released in the Marvel Minimates line, in the single-pack army builder wave based on the film Thor.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Journey into Mystery #112 (Jan. 1965)
  2. ^ a b Thor vol. 2, #80 (Aug. 2004)
  3. ^ a b c Thor vol. 3, #12 (Jan. 2009)
  4. ^ "Thor" #1-3 (2014)
  5. ^ Fraction, Matt (w), Immonen, Stuart (p), von Grawbadger, Wade (i). "Worlds on Fire" Fear Itself 4 (September 2011), Marvel Comics
  6. ^ Fraction, Matt (w), Ferry, Pasqual (a). "Fear Itself: In the Beginning" Thor 7 (December 2011), Marvel Comics
  7. ^ Ewing, Al (w), Garbett, Lee; Bianchi, Simone (a), Woodard, Nolan (col), Sabino, Joe (let), Moss, Will (ed). Original Sin Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm 1 (July 2014), Marvel Comics
  8. ^ Weintraub, Steve (2010-12-10). "Colm Feore On Set Interview THOR; The King of the Frost Giants Reveals All!". Collider. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 

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