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Njord possesses the conventional attributes of the Asgardian gods including superhuman strength, endurance, stamina and a mystical affinity with the ocean and sea to compare with the Olympian god Neptune. He is adept with a spear, but was also known to use a hammer in ancient history.
Njord is one of the Vanir, a group of much older gods who predated the Aesir. Worshipped by the old Germanic and Teutonic tribes of Ancient Europe, Njord and the Vanir were once constantly at odds with the Aesir, but their battles came to an end after Kvasir, the god of wisdom, noticed that neither side had gained much on either side after several decades of war. He arbitrated peace between Njord and Odin of the Aesir and the Vanir were finally accepted to dwell with Asgard where they all became known as Asgardians.
Njord seduced Gaea and became the father of Frey, god of earth, and Freia, goddess of fertility. He was also married to the giantess Skadi, daughter of Thiassi, the wealthiest of the giants of Jotunheim. Odin had offered Skadi any amount of gold as retribution over her father's death, but she turned down the offer and instead asked to choose a husband from among the gods of Asgard. Odin allowed her wish, but he said that she would have to pick her husband from behind a curtain and by the look of his feet than his full appearance. As Njord stood beyond a curtain in his bare feet, Skadi picked him to be her husband expecting him to be Balder, the most handsome of the Asgardian gods.
Chosen by Skadi, Njord took her to his island home of Noatun, but Skadi did not care much for the visions of sunshine or the sea nor for the sound of the tide and birds. She invited Njord to her home in Thrymheim, but Njord became depressed amidst the cold and desolation surrounded by howling wolves and rushing winds. They began spending equal parts of the year living in one location at a time, but eventually, Skadi began spending more and more time in Thrymheim and Njord began to see her less and less over time.
Njord and the Vanir were defeated by Odin and the Aesir who merged their respective tribes to become Asgardians. Njord has since held a unspoken grudge over Odin and the Aesir.
Njord embarked on a game to test the parameters of Balder's invulnerability to harm. He threw a spear a point blank upon Balder and it shattered against the young god.
Njord helped raise the corpse of the shape-shifting giant Holth who was slain while in the form of a whale by the Asgardians Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg. Bringing the giant's body to his parents in Jotunheim averted what could have become a war between the Asgardians and Jotuns. In order to preserve the sanctity of the misfortunate death, Njord joined the Asgardians in attendance at Holth's funeral.
First Appearance: Thor (1966) #274
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#274 Thor: Blood Oath (2005)
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