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FRIGGA

Real Name: Frigga

Occupation: Queen of Asgard, Goddess of fertility and marriage

Legal Status: Citizen of Asgard

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

Other Aliases: Fricka, Frija, Freda Baker (mortal identity)

Place of Birth: Asgard

Marital Status: Widowed

Known Relatives: Fygorgyn (father), Jord (mother), Fulla (sister), Mimir (brother), Odin (husband, deceased), Balder, Hermod (sons), Thor, Heimdall, Bragi, Tyr, Vidar (step-sons), Loki (foster son), Sif, Brynhilda and the Valkyrior (step-daughters), Idunn, Solveig, Nanna, Sigyn (daughters-in-law),

Group Affiliations: The Gods of Asgard, The Asynjur

Base of Operations: Fensalir in Asgard

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery I #92

History: Frigga is the daughter of Fygorgyn and Jord, members of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Vanir, who were worshipped as gods by the ancient German tribes of Europe. The Vanir were once erstwhile enemies of the Aesir ruled by Odin, but after years of animosity, the two tribes came to a truce and united to become Asgardians. Odin took Frigga to be his wife and they became parents of Balder, one of the most favored among the Asgardians. Frigga also accepted Odin's other children born out of wedlock as her own, particularly Thor, who was born from Odin and the mother-goddess Gaea, who often took the identity of her mother on earth.  

Frigga was associated with love, marriage and motherhood. She was accompanied by eleven hand-maidens known as the Asynjur, daughters of the goddess Freia, who attended her at Fensalir, her hall in Asgard.

Odin and Frigga eventually became aware of prophecies tying Balder's death to Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Asgardian Gods. Frigga cast spells to protect Balder from harm by any living or inanimate thing while he was in the Asgardian dimension. (The legend claims she extracted promises from all these things not to harm Balder, as if they were all sentient and capable of speech). The sole exception was mistletoe. This omission is probably not due to forgetfulness on Frigga's part, since she has since made him invulnerable to mistletoe since his invulnerability to it has become known. It is likely that his vulnerability to mistletoe was a necessary side effect of the spells rendering him invulnerable to harm to other things. 

It is also known that Loki, the god of mischief, learned of the prophecies tying Balder's death to the coming of Ragnarok and succeeded in destroying at least one incarnation of the Asgardian gods. Frigga and the present existence of the Asgardians are the reincarnations of those Asgardians restored to life by Odin. Frigga once more cast spells to protect Balder from harm and Loki once again tried to set into motion the events leading to Ragnarok, but this time, Odin kept Balder alive in a semi-comatose state before completely restoring him to life.  

Odin later learned of the coming of the Third Host of the Celestials, alien beings of inconceivable power who had influenced the evolution of the Earth's human race and intended to judge humanity's worthiness to survive when the Fourth Host came. Odin had contacted the god-kings of the pantheons of gods for earth to set a course of action. Frigga meanwhile met with the wives of the god-kings and took charge in finding human beings from Earth who were as close to genetic perfection as possible over the years. 

After the coming of the Fourth Host of the Celestials, Odin withdrew the life-essences of Frigga and the Asgardians into the Destroyer, an invincible suit of armor which then grew to enormous size to battle the Celestials. The Celestials annihilated the Destroyer as well as the life-forces of the Asgardians with in it but judged in humanity's favor as Gaea presented them with the twelve genetically advanced human beings gathered by Frigga and the goddesses of Earth. These examples of humanity became known as the "Young Gods." Not present in Asgard when Odin withdrew the life essences of the Asgardians into the Destroyer, Thor collected the life energies required to revive Frigga and the Asgardians from the god-kings of earth and restored the Asgardian gods to life.

Frigga and the Asgardians continued to experience several successive waves of attacks from several threats to Asgard including Seth of the Egyptian Gods. Following his attempt to conquer Asgard, Seth attacked the Asgardian Gods through Yggdrasil in order to set about the events of Ragnarok. To protect the Asgardians, Odin cast spells which concealed Frigga and the Asgardians on earth within mortal roles without their godly memories or powers. Frigga became convinced she was a homemaker named Freda Baker with Hermod as her nephew Howie Baker. Enough of the Asgardians regained their memories to prevent Seth from slaying the gods in their mortal identities and Frigga regained her true identity soon afterward. The ordeal with Seth, however, left Frigga and the Asgardians vulnerable to an attack by the Dark Gods, forgotten enemies of the Asgardians. Thor, since released from a pocket universe he had been trapped within, returned to earth and lead the Destroyer and Hercules to defeat the Dark Gods and free Frigga and the Asgardians. 

Odin was eventually slain in battle with Surtur and Frigga supported Thor in assuming his responsibility to the throne of Asgard. Loki meanwhile instigated a revised version of Ragnarok to overthrow Thor and claim Asgard for himself. Thor meanwhile discovered that the several incarnations of Ragnarok had been kept in motion by shadowy beings known as Those Who Sit Above in Shadow. Frigga was slain by Loki's armies and Thor forced Ragnarok to occur in order to defeat Loki and put an end to the recycling incarnations of the Asgardians. Despite the destruction of Frigga and Asgard, the Odin-Force appeared shortly thereafter and began restoring Asgard to what it once was. Frigga's further activities in this rejuvenated Asgard have yet to be revealed.

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 370 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde, formerly Black

Unusual Physical Features: Frigga is an exceptionally beautiful and beneficent goddess.

Strength Level: Frigga possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Frigga possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Asgardian gods. Like all Asgardians, she is extremely long-lived but she is not immortal like the Olympian gods. She has aged very slowly since reaching adulthood, has an enchanted vitality and cannot die by any conventional means. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If she were somehow wounded, her godly life force would enable her to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of her bodily molecules to cause her a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Odin or Frey or for a number of Asgardian gods of equal power working together to revive her. Iris also possesses superhuman strength and her Asgardian metabolism provides her 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 Asgardians' superhuman strength and weight.)

Frigga apparently has some limited prowess to tap into and manipulate magic such as when she created the spells to protect Balder. Her complete range of power is unrevealed. She possibly has some clairvoyant power enabling her to commune with all creatures and objects in the universe as if they have sentience. Frigga is obviously a very powerful goddess, capable of transporting herself from Earth to Asgard, but she is no where as powerful as Odin.

Paraphernalia: Frigga often wears a girdle bound with household keys. She uses a spinning wheel at times to conjure spells. In ancient times, she was said to weave clouds.

Clarifications:  Frigga is not to be confused with:  

Last updated: 06/09/06

 

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