Aragorn (Marvel)(01 - Valkyrie's Steed)
Real Name: Aragorn
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Aragorn can fly by means of various adaptations given him through artificial mutation. the most prominent of these are his wings, which span eighteen and a half feet from wingtip to wingtip.
Aragorn's entire anatomy has been adapted to flying. His bones are hollower than a normal horse's, making him weigh less than a normal horse of his size would. His body is virtually devoid of fat, possessing greater proportionate muscle mass than human. His eyes are specially adapted to be able to withstand high speed winds which would hurt the average equine eye. He possesses a special membrane in his respiratory system enabling him to extract oxygen from the air at high velocity or at high altitudes.
Aragron flies by flapping his wings, creating enough lift to hold aloft at least 2000 pounds; in other words, he can support aloft his own weight, that of the Valkyrie (who, as an Asgardian goddess, weighs more than an ordinary human of her size and build: 475 pounds), and other passengers as well. Aragorn can fly at speeds ranging up to 125 miles per hour. He can fly at his top speed for about one hour before needing to rest. Though he generally flies beneath the height of the clouds (6500 feet), Aragorn can reach a height of 10,000 feet with little effort.
Aragorn is highly intelligent, and will respond to a wide variety of verbal commands given by the Valkyrie.
Aragorn is a winged horse ridden by Brunnhilde the Valkyrie and previously owned and ridden by Dr. Dane Whitman, the Black Knight. Whitman was the nephew of Professor Nathan Garrett, who had adopted the guise of the earlier, criminal Black Knight. In this role, Garrett had ridden a horse whom he had mutated using genetic engineering techniques that he had developed. The artificial mutations gave the horse the large feathered wings and other special adaptations which enabled him to fly. After Garrett's final defeat by the original Iron Man, this winged horse excaped and eventually was further mutated and fell into the possession of the Dreadknight. Garrett, dying from the fall he had suffered in the battle, persuaded Whitman to vow to use the scientific discoveries he had used as the criminal Black Knight for good. Whitman decided to do so by becoming a new, heroic Black Knight. In pursuit of this goal, Whitman used Garrett's genetic techniques to mutate another horse, whom he named Aragorn, into a flying steed. When the new Black knight left his own time for a temporary stay in the Twelfth Century A.D., he entrusted Aragorn to the care of Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, who remains his owner to this day. The Black Knight, having returned to his own time, now rides a mechanical flying steed.
First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #48
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Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (2001)
#1 Captain Britain and MI13 (2008)
- 'The Ultron Imperative'
#5 Defenders (2001)
- 'Hell Comes to Birmingham: Prologue'
- 'Ride of the Valkyrie'#6
- 'Rumble in the Sky'#7
- 'Fire Above, Thunder Below'#10
- 'Head To Head'#12
- 'Silent But Deadly'
#8 Doctor Strange (1968)
- 'Im Namen der Ehre'#34
- 'Freiheit, Die Ich Meine!'#10
#178 Fear Itself: The Fearless (2011)
- '... With One Beside Him'
#3 Fearless Defenders (2013)
- 'Chapter Three: Angels & Demons'#4
- 'Chapter Four: Promises!'#6
- 'Chapter Six: Meltdown'#7
- 'Chapter Seven: Hellstorm!'#8
- 'Chapter Eight: The Sins Of The Father... '#9
- 'Chapter Nine: The Perfect Storm...'#11
- 'Chapter Eleven: Last Ride...'#12
- 'Chapter Twelve: Ride Again...'
Giant-Size Defenders (1974)
#2 Hulk (2008)
- 'H...as in Hulk...Hell...and Holocaust!'#3
- 'Games Godlings Play!'#4
- 'Too Cold a Night For Dying!'#5
- 'Eelar Moves in Mysterious Ways!'
I Am An Avenger (2010)
Incredible Hulks (2010)
Marvel Pets Handbook (2009)
Marvel Super Action (1977)
#31 Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
- 'When Strikes the Squadron Sinister!'
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
#34 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'Beware the Death Crusade!'#116
- 'Between Sword and Hammer!'
Marvel Zombies Destroy! (2012)
#3 New Avengers (2005)
- 'A World Upside Down'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Secret Avengers (2010)
#17 She-Hulk (2005)
- 'Beast Box'#29
- 'A Council Of Masters'
#34 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Lady Liberators: Part 1'#38
- 'Heroic Preportions: Part 2'
Annual 11 The Defenders (1972)
- 'In Honor's Name!'Annual 18
- 'Atlantis Attacks, Chapter Eight: Avengers Assembled'#48
- 'The Black Knight Lives Again!'#54
- '...And Deliver Us From-- The Masters Of Evil!'#55
- 'Mayhem Over Manhattan!'#61
- 'Some Say the World Will End in Fire... Some Say in Ice!'#62
- 'The Monarch and the Man-Ape!'#70
- 'When Strikes the Squadron Sinister!'#71
- 'The Sword and the Sorceress!'#85
- 'The World is not for Burning!'#100
- 'Whatever Gods There Be!'#116
- 'A Ghost of Stone!'#225
- 'The Fall of Avalon'#280
- 'Faithful Servant'
Annual 01 The New Defenders (1985)
- 'World Gone Sane?'#4
- 'The New Defender!'#5
- 'World Without End?'#6
- 'The Dreams of Death!'#7
- 'War Below the Waves!'#9
- 'Divide... and Conquer'#12
- 'The Titan Strikes Back!'#15
- 'Panic Beneath the Earth!'#16
- 'Alpha, The Ultimate Mutant!'#17
- 'Power Play!'#22
- 'Fangs of Fire and Blood!'#23
- '...The Snakes Shall Inherit the Earth!'#26
- 'Savage Time!'#31
- 'Nighthawk's Brain!'#32
- 'Musical Minds!'#33
- 'Webbed Hands, Warm Heart!'#35
- 'Bring Back My Body To Me, To Me...!'#36
- 'A Garden of Earthly Demise!'#37
- 'Evil in Bloom!'#39
- 'Riot In Cellblock 12!'#41
- 'Intrude in the Sand!'#45
- 'We Must Free The Defenders!'#46
- 'Prelude: Who Remembers Scorpio?'#47
- 'Night Moves!'#48
- 'Part One: Sinister Savior!'#48 (35 Cent Variant)
- 'Part One: Sinister Savior!'#59
- 'Part 2: Tyranny and Mutation'#61
- 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Lunatik!'#62
- 'Membership Madness!'#63
- 'Deadlier By the Dozen!'#64
- 'Of Ambitions and Giant Amoebas'#66
- 'War of the Dead!'#68
- 'Valhalla Can Wait!'#69
- 'The Anything Man!'#70
- 'Catch a Falling Lunatik!'#80
- 'Once a Defender'#85
- 'Like a Proud Black Panther...'#86
- 'The Left Hand of Silence!'#87
- 'Mind Over Mandrill!'#94
- 'Beware -- The Six-Fingered Hand!'#116
- 'Two By Two'#122
- 'Things to Come!'#126
- 'State of the Union!'#128
- 'Assault on the Empire'#137
- 'Hearts and Minds!'#138
- 'Three Women'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Order (2002)
#1 Thor (1998)
- 'The Best Defense...'#3
- 'Ultimatum: Avengers!'
#82 Thor (2007)
- 'Ragnarok, Part the Third'
Thor: For Asgard (2010)
#4#5 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Asgard, Part Five'
Uncanny Origins (1996)
Vengeance of the Moon Knight (2009)
#29 X-Force/Cable '97 (1997)
- 'Drowning in a Nightmare'#30
- 'The Unwanted'
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