SKADI

Real Name: Skadi (also spelled Skade)

Occupation: Mountain-Goddess, Goddess of winter, skiers and hunters

Legal Status: Citizen of Jotunheim in the cosmology of the Asgardian Dimension

Identity: The general populace of earth is unaware of Skadi except as a figure in mythology.

Other Aliases: Mistress of the Mountain Lodges

Place of Birth: Thrymheim

Marital Status: Married

Known Relatives: Thiazzi (father, deceased), Saga (mother), Idi, Gymir (uncles), Angrboda (aunt), Njord (husband), Nertha (sister-in-law),  Beli, Gerd (cousins), Frey (step-son) Freia (step-daughter), Olvadi (grandfather, deceased), Ymir (ancestor),

Group Membership: The Frost Giants of Jotunheim

Base of Operations: Thrymheim within Jotunheim

First Appearance:  X-Force and Cable Annual 1997

History: Skadi is a member of the other-dimensional race of beings known as the Jotuns, native to Jotunheim, one of the seven worlds in the Asgardian cosmology. She is the daughter of Thiassi, Ruler of the Storm Giants of Jotunheim, and descendant of Olvadi, who was considered the richest of all the storm giants. Olvadi had such a vast amount of gold that it could not be weighed and after his death, it was split evenly through his sons. Her father, Thiazzi, however, conspired with Loki to abduct the goddess Idunn from Asgard along with her golden apples of immortality. Loki was sent to bring Idunn back, but as Thiazzi came to retrieve Idunn, the gods erected a great fire and destroyed him.

Skadi inherited her fatherís share of her grandfatherís fortune, and as the Asgardians offered her gold as retribution of her fatherís death, she turned them down saying that she preferred to have a husband from among the gods instead. Odin bestowed her wish, but on the merits that she choose her husband from behind a curtain and the look of his feet and not his whole appearance. Skadi agreed to this decision and chose from among the most beautiful feet she had seen believing them to be the god Balder, but whom she actually chose was the sea-god Njord, father of Frey and Freia. Disappointed as she was, Skadi stood by her decision and asked the gods to make her laugh to lift her spirits. Loki appeared again with Thorís goats, Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder and created a scene of tomfoolery with them until all the gods laughed.

Njord and Skadiís marriage, however, didnít last very long. He took her to Noatun, his home on the seashore, but she did not care much for the sunshine and sea or the sounds of the tides and gulls. She took him to her home in Thrymheim, but Njord grew depressed and cold surrounded by the howling wolves, the rushing wind and terrible cold. They ended up splitting their time between both homes. 

In recent years, during a random trek through her home, Skadi encountered the winged-horse Aragorn nursing wounds he had received from Makekithís demon dogs and took him under her protection. Sunspot, Mirage and Meltdown of X-Force came across Skadi as she was tending to Aragornís injuries. She reacted with surprise to their powers since she had never encountered either humans or mutants before. She surrendered Aragorn to them to head to Valhalla and seek the conditions of the Valkyrie imprisoned by Hela and Makekith.

Height: 20' 9"
Weight: Unknown
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

Strength Level: Skadi possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) over 50 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Skadi possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Jotuns. She is extremely long-lived, but not immortal like the Olympian Gods. She has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury.  Skadi also possesses superhuman strength and her Jotun metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Olympian flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the Olympians' superhuman strength and weight.)

Skadi possibly possesses some low-level mystical prowess to conjure snowstorms. She also has heightened senses on a near-clairvoyant scale.

Abilities: She is also an exceptional hunter with a bow and arrow.

Limitations: Like all the Jotuns, Skadi needs cold temperatures to maintain her existence. Great heat will cause her to mystically decrease in size to a comparable human scale. Continued exposure to such heat can be fatal to her.

Comments: Skadiís aunt, Angrboda, the wife of her uncle Gymir, is the same giantess credited with giving birth to Fenris, Hela and Jormungard (The Midgard Serpent) to Loki. Since theyíre not technically blood relations, theyíre not listed as relatives.

The Asgardians do have a god of winter, hunters and skiers named Uller, a son of Sif, but there are no stories of her and Skadi ever meeting.  

Thanks to the Celebrity Giantess Web Site for the use of the picture.

Clarifications: Skadi is not to be confused with:

 

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