BRAGI

Real Name: Bragi

Occupation: God of music, poetry and eloquence

Legal Status: Citizen of Asgard

Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Bragi except as a mythological character.

Other Aliases: Master of Poets

Place of Birth: Hnitborg in Jotunheim

Martial Status: Married

Known Relatives: Odin (father), Gunlod (mother), Idunn (wife), Balder, Thor, Heimdall, Hermod, Tyr, Vidar, Vali (half-brothers), Freia (mother-in-law), Nanna, Sigyn, Sjofn, Lofn, Syn (sisters-in-law), Suttung (grandfather), Baugi (grand-uncle), Gilling (great-grandfather, deceased)

Group Membership: The Gods of Asgard

Base of Operations: Asgard

First Appearance: (historical) Inferior Five #4, (modern) Marvel Fanfare I #13

History: Bragi is the son of Odin, Ruler of the Gods of Asgard and Gunlod, a giantess. Gunlod had been made by her father, the giant Suttung, protector of the mead of poetry, which had been made from the blood of the slain god, Kvasir. Odin met her in Hnitborg, her mountain home, to steal the mead to give to the Asgardians. He seduced Gunnlod to do so and she gave birth to Bragi, Odinís son. As an adult, Bragi became a god in the Asgardian Pantheon. He fell in love and wooed the goddess Idunn and later took her as his wife.

In recent years, Bragi vanished in search of inspiration to recite at All Father Odinís Great Mid-Summer Celebration. As Idunn searched for him, she encountered the Warriors Three and they split up to look for him. They learned that Bragi had tried to acquire songs from the dwarves, giants and daughters of Aegir, but they all turned him down and sent him to Yggdrasil to search for inspiration. Racing to Yggdrasil separately, they came on the scene to hear frantic screaming as Bragi trapped in the form of an eagle was about to be eaten by a snake.  They saved his life, but Bragi repented that he still had no song for Odin. Upon hearing of the adventures that Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg had experienced in looking for him, he then realized that their exploits in searching for him were more than enough to celebrate about.

In recent years, Bragi and Idunn took on mortal lives of a free-living Greenwich couple in New York named Bragi and Iduna Stockwell when Odin hid the Asgardians on life to protect them from Seth manipulating Yggdrasil. Balder, Sif and Heimdall meanwhile regained enough of their memories to restore the identities and restore the Asgardians. Bragi, however, later lost his life as Loki attempted to conquer Asgard. To defeat Loki, Thor met with the Norns and severed the strings, which kept Asgard in repeating cycles of Ragnarok. However, the Odin-Force in the form of a young child recreated Asgard along with its inhabitants shortly thereafter.

Height: 5' 10Ē

Weight: 410 lbs.

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Strength Level: Bragi possesses the normal strength level of an Asgardian male of his size, height and build who engages in extensive regular exercises; he can lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Bragi possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Asgardian gods. Like all Asgardians, he is exceptionally long-lived, but he is not immortal like the Olympian gods. He has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Odin or for a number of Asgardian gods of equal power working together to revive him. Bragi also possesses superhuman strength and his Olympian metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Asgardian flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Asgardian gods.)

Bragi also has certain undefined mystical abilities to manipulate magic. He can enchant the sound of his voice to attract gods and mortals and to alter his form into animals such as when he transformed into a bird. The full range of his abilities are unknown.

Abilities: Bragi has exceptional singing skills and poetic talents. He can also play a lyre.

Comments: Since Odin has a great knowledge of poetry, some scholars in mythology see Bragi as just another facet of Odinís personality rather than a separate entity.

It is unknown as to whether the Braggi of Journey into Mystery I #118 is meant to be this Bragi or not. There is also a reference to a god named Bragi in Conan The Barbarian #18, but since this would occur before the birth of the Asgardian Gods, any connection between the Asgardian Bragi and the Hyborian God would be slim at best.

Bragiís great-grandfather Gilling was a giant killed by the dwarves Fjalar and Galar who were otherwise also noted for killing the Vanir god Kvasir and mixing honey with his blood to create the mead of poetry.

CLARIFICATIONS: Bragi is possibly not to be confused with:

Updated: 05/14/06

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