Real Name: Fandral
Occupation: Adventurer, Swordsman, former bodyguard,
Legal Status: Citizen Of Asgard
Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of Fandral's existence; he is not a known figure in Norse or German mythology.
Other Aliases: Fandral the Dashing, Robin Hood, Trevor Newley, Freddie Moyer
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Widowed
Known Relatives: mother (name unrevealed), Marian (wife, deceased);
Group Affiliation: The Warriors Three, ally of Thor and the Gods of Asgard
Base of Operations: Asgard
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #119
History: Fandral is a member of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Asgardians, who were worshipped as gods by the Ancient Germanic and Scandinavian tribes of Western Europe. The Asgardians were among the major gods of the Vikings, but unlike several of the Asgardians, Fandral was not included as a god among the pantheons of the Norse or German gods. It is known the Gods of Asgard have gone through several incarnations of destruction and rebirth, and that Fandral might have been born during an incarnation of Asgard that occurred after the end of the worship of the Asgardian Gods on Earth, but this is unconfirmed.
Not much of Fandral's early life has been revealed. Born somewhere outside Asgard, he traveled to Asgard to offer his services as a swordsman to Odin, the chieftain of the Norse Gods, while he was a young man, but along the way, he challenged Volstagg who was guarding a small footbridge to a fight. Volstagg was so impressed by his bravado that they became friends with Volstagg teaching Fandral in the finer arts of combat. They were eventually joined by a warrior named Hogun who arrived in Asgard from another land far beyond Asgard. The three of them became known as the Warriors Three, three of Asgard's most gifted warriors.
According to one account, Fandral once lived on Earth in the 12th Century around the area of of Nottinghamshire of Western England. It is believed he might have been the legendary Robin Hood, or perhaps gave rise to some of the legends attributed to the famous outlaw. He was once married to a woman named Marion, who might have been the legendary Maid Marion known in the legends. Returning to Asgard, he became friends with Thor, the son of Odin, who often joined the Warriors Three in several adventures.
Most of Fandral's adventures with Thor alongside the Warriors Three were usually against the Frost Giants, erstwhile enemies of the Gods of Asgard, as well as against other threats and menaces to Asgard. Their first known mission together took place when they undertook a quest to explain a crack in the Odinsword, a power object that could bring about the destruction of Asgard. Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg also aided Thor in quelling a mutiny led against Thor on this mission by his adoptive brother, Loki. Since then, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg have been friends, allies and stalwart companions of Thor and have followed him during numerous missions, many of them masterminded by Loki to antagonize Thor.
Fandral was among the Warrior Three when they and Thor were found guilty of duplicity in the murder of Holth, the son of Grives, one of the Giants. In order to rectify the death of the youth, they were forced to engage in several quests to bring back gifts for the beleaguered father. Fandral has since been eternally dedicated and faithful to Odin and to Asgard, once refusing to recognize Loki as ruler and resisting his demands while Odin was in his Odin-Sleep. When Surtur attacked Asgard, Loki fled Asgard as the Warriors Three defended Asgard from the giant.
The Warriors Three soon joined Thor, Sif and Hildegarde of the Valkyries to battle Ego-Prime, but upon learning the being had been a pawn in Odin's plan to awaken the power from three of the Young Gods, they fell out of favor with Odin and were exiled to Earth. They took up residency on Earth at the home of the Avengers, allies of Thor, and joined Thor in his battle with Mephisto. Odin revoked their banishment after Fandral, Thor, Hogun and Volstagg were successful in overthrowing Igron from the throne of Asgard, but they had more adventures on Earth against Zarrko the Tomorrow Man and the Time-Twisters.
The Warriors Three soon rose to defend Asgard from the armies of the dead led by Seth, the Egyptian god of death and to overthrow another of Loki's bids for power over the throne. Seth soon returned to attack Asgard through Yggdrasil, but Odin had cast spells to protect the Asgardians by hiding them on Earth in mortal roles. Fandral became a mortal named Frederick "Freddie" Moyer, but he still retained enough of his memories to join Hogun, Volstagg, Sif and Hermod to battle Seth and reclaim Asgard. The victory was short-lived as it left them unprepared by an attack by the Dark Gods, who claimed Asgard. Imprisoned by deep within Asgard, Fandral was soon freed by Thor returning from deep space.
After Odin vanished while battling Surtur, Thor took his place as his replacement and became king of Asgard and possessor of the Odin-Power. Thor's reign was briefly tempered by his choice to move Asgard into the Earthly dimension. The Warriors Three remained loyal to Thor during this period of uncertainty, but Thor eventually restored Asgard to its proper place. Discontent with Thor's role, Loki set a revised version of Ragnarok into motion, and while defending Asgard, Fandral was struck down in battle while battling Loki's armies. Although he died heroically in battle, Thor faced off against Those Who Live Above In Shadow, after learning they were responsible for Asgard's cycles of destruction and rebirth. Giving his life to destroy these cycles, Thor initiated the Twilight of the Gods which claimed Asgard and all the lives in them.
Due to Odin's previous spells on Yggdrasil, Volstagg, Hogun and Fandral were reborn as mortals on Earth. Fandral became Trevor Newley, a British secret agent, in Dahran, Africa. Thor soon restored his memories and godhood after regaining Mjolnir, regathering the Asgardians at a replica of Asgard near Broxton, Oklahoma.
Since Odin was not among the Asgardians restored to life, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg remained loyal to Thor as their king, but Loki, now reborn in the body of Sif, sent events into motion that resulted in Thor slaying Bor, the father of Odin. Disgraced, Thor went into exile from Asgard, and the Warriors Three now became loyal to Balder. Loki's duplicity in Bor's death was soon revealed in time for Thor to help Fandral defend Asgard from Norman Osborn of HAMMER and the Dark Avengers.
Alongside the Warriors Three and Thor, Fandral remains one of Asgard's
staunchest and cunning warriors, more than willing to give his life to protect
his homeland. He is also a consummate and charismatic womanizer with both
Asgardian and mortal women, often torn between battle and the chance to charm
the hearts of the opposite sex.
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 585 lbs.
Strength Level: Fandral possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) 30 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Superhuman Powers: Fandral possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Asgardian gods. He is extremely long-lived, but he is not immortal like the Olympian Gods; he ages at an extremely slow rate 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. Fandral also possesses superhuman strength and his Asgardian 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.)
Fandral has superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes and durability with a healing factor that enables him to recover from almost any injury within seconds, depending on the severity of the injury. He is stronger, faster and quicker than any other Asgardian male, with the exceptional of gods like Thor or Hermod. His advanced musculature generates considerably less fatigue toxins than the musculature of a human. He can physically exert himself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to impair him.
Abilities: Fandral is an master swordsman with centuries of experience in hand-to-hand combat, capable of using his speed and agility in battle. He is also highly charismatic and charming with women, giving him a great deal of success in dealing with women.
Weaponry: Fandral is best known for using a long double-edged sword, his weapon of choice, but he has access to several forms of Asgardian weaponry.
Pets/Transportation: Fandral rides a horse named Firehooves. His origins are unrevealed, but he is possibly a mare of Asgardian birth.
Comments: Fandral is a known character within the Marvel Universe; he is not a genuine character from mythology.
Fandral was played by Josh Dallas in Thor (2012), and by Zachary Levi in Thor: The Dark World (2013).
Theoretically, the Warriors Three could represent Norse equivalents of Apollo, Ares and Dionysus. Their attire is reflecting of the Saxon, Hun and German worshippers of the Gods of Asgard with Thor representing the Vikings. Their personalities hearken to the film personalities of Errol Flynn, Charles Bronson and Orson Welles.
According to the Marvel Universe, Fandral was one of the men once known as Robin Hood in 16th Century England. Historically, there were probably several men identified with the name, the most famous among them being Robin (Robert) of Locksley.
Last updated: 05/25/14
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