Identity: The general
populace of Earth believes Ymir is a mythical being. Legal status: Inapplicable
Other Aliases: Aurgelmir
Place of Creation: Niffleheim
Marital Status: Unknown, perhaps inapplicable
Utgard-Loki, Loki, and the race of Frost Giants (descendants)
Base of Operations: Niffleheim
First Appearance: JOURNEY
INTO MYSTERY #97
History: Ymir is the oldest and most powerful
of the Frost Giants, an otherdimensional race of enormous
humanoid creatures. The huge size, durability, and colossal
strength of the Frost Giants have made them formidable
foes to the gods of Asgard
over the millennia.
Ymir is the progenitor of the entire race of Frost Giants,
although he differs considerably in appearance from many
of his current descendants, such as Utgard-Loki.
Ymir and many of the first members of his race were also
known as Ice Giants. Like the other Ice Giants, Ymir is
covered with snow and ice, and constantly generates intense
coldness from his body. The later generations of Ymir's
race, such as Utgard-Loki, do not generate cold, and are
not covered with ice and snow, and are therefore known
simply as Frost Giants. Nonetheless, the great size of
the Frost Giants is dependent on cold temperatures, and
members of the later generations of Frost Giants, unable
to create coldness from their own bodies, will shrink
in size if exposed to sufficient heat. Continued exposure
to such heat will melt such a Frost Giant entirely.
Except for the fire demon Surtur, Ymir is the oldest
known being in the "Nine Worlds" of the Asgardian
cosmology. It is said that millennia ago warm air from
the otherdimensional realm of fire, Muspelheim, crossed
a dimensional barrier into the location of the magical
Well of Life, Tons of ice from Niffleheim, the otherdimensional
realm of ice and cold, formed above the Well of Life.
It is said that in time the warm air from Muspelheim caused
these tons of ice over the Well to transform into the
living, sentient Frost Giant Ymir. Another being appeared
from the ice, the enchanted cow Audumla. Audumla fed off
the ice itself, and Ymir subsisted on the milk Audumla
Ymir went to live in Niffleheim, which he populated with
the race of Ice Giants. (The more recent generations of
Frost Giants live instead in the realm of Jotunheim.)
The young god Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve fought
a war with the Ice Giants and slew Ymir. According to
Asgardian legend, Odin, Vili, and Ve created the Earth
and sky from Ymir's corpse, but this part of the story
is clearly untrue.
Ymir, however, succeeded in regenerating himself, and
led the Ice Giants in war against Asgard at some later
time. Odin created a chasm containing an interdimensional
nexus through which Ymir's army plunged into Muspelheim,
where the native demons took the Giants prisoners. Odin
then entrapped Ymir himself within a circle of flame within
a volcanic area. It is not known how long Ymir remained
In recent times a member of the mystical cult called
the Sons of Satannish used the so-called Spell of Fire
and Ice to bang both Ymir and Surtur to Earth, where they
began wreaking havoc. Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor
Stephen Strange, used the Crystal of Conquest, which
contained part of the mystical power of the demon known
as Satannish and Mephisto,
to transport Surtur and Ymir magically into each other's
presence at the very instant they were lashing out with
their weapons. Ymir and Surtur thus struck each other's
weapons, creating a mystical "implosion" in
which each being temporarily cancelled out the powers
of the other, and each was returned to his home dimension,
Surtur to Muspelheim and Ymir to Niffleheim.
Ymir's current whereabouts and activities are unknown.
Height: Over 1,000 ft.
Strength Level: The extent of Ymir's strength
has never been measured, but it is at least in the Class
100 range; hence, he can lift (press) over 100 tons.
Known Superhuman Powers: Ymir possesses vast superhuman
strength, greater than that of any other Frost or Ice
Giant. He is extremely long-lived, and possibly immortal.
His body greatly resembles ice in various ways, and if
it was not for his ability to generate intense cold from
his body, Ymir would melt when exposed to high temperatures.
Ymir's body is extraordinarily resistant to injury, and
although it can be shattered, as ice can, Ymir can cause
the fragments of his form to reassemble.
Ymir continually generates extreme cold from his body
in an unknown, perhaps magical fashion. If he so chooses,
Ymir can cause anything he touches, including the air,
Abilities: Although intelligent and capable of
speech, Ymir is not particularly cunning, and attempts
to win his battles through brute force.
Weapons: Ymir carries an enormous, ice-covered
club, which he uses as a weapon. Possibly the club is
entirely composed of ice.