THOR THURSDAY: The Frost Giants and The Warriors Three

It’s hard to believe I’m now at my fourth and final THOR THURSDAY post. The summer movie season gets into full swing this weekend with the release of Marvel Studios THOR. I’ll be honest I didn’t know much about THOR prior to THOR THURSDAY, but now that I’ve been doing them for four weeks, I feel about as ready as I can be for the film to open tomorrow (Friday, May 6).

Being the forth week, I’ve very quickly run through various bits of THOR info, that I feel that I’ve covered most the core elements at this point. Though reading through some info for the film and the bigger THOR stories over time, it seems I’ve left a bit out. That bit would be the Frost Giants and the Warriors Three.

First up, the Frost Giants. The Frost Giants have been at war on and off with the gods of Asgard for millennium. The giants come from a place where the climate resembles earths polar regions. They are vulnerable to heat and can actually shrink in size if exposed to heat for an extended period of time.

The Warriors Three are a group consisting of Asgardians Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg. Unlike other characters in the THOR universe that are rooted in Norse mythology, the Warriors Three are original creations for the Marvel universe. In the THOR comic books they are never referred to as the Warriors Three; it is mainly the label that Marvel and fans use to explain the group. The three act as the supporting cast in THOR and usually provide comic relief and side adventures.

Here is a breakdown of each of the warriors that make up the Warriors Three.

Hogun (a.k.a. Hogun the Grim) is played in THOR by Tadanobu Asano. In the books Hogun is not from Asgard, and his homeland was taken over by Mogul of the Mystic Mountain, who murdered Hogun’s ancestors and destroyed the land. His primary traits are that he is a brooding pessimist and short-tempered. He is a collector of weapons and is noted as often being the voice of reason for the Warriors Three. Fun Fact: Writer and creator Stan Lee thought of Hogun as sharing traits with the characters played by actor Charles Bronson.

Volstagg (a.k.a. Volstagg the Enormous, Volstagg the Voluminous, or the Lion of Asgard) is played in THOR by Ray Stevenson. Not much is known about Volstagg’s origins as its never been reveled. Compared to other members of the Warriors Three and THOR, he is farily advanced in age for an Asgardian. He is the largest and most boisterous member of the group. There are quite a few stories that build on his character, but I doubt the movie is going to spend a whole lot of time on it — so I’m not either. Fun Fact: This is the second film Ray Stevenson has participated in the Marvel universe. His first was his starring role in Punisher: War Zone.

Fandral (a.k.a. Fandral the Dashing) is played by Joshua Dallas in the film. Fandral is a swashbuckler and a romantic. He is known for his superior swordsmanship, bravery, ego and extreme optimism. No matter what the consequence, he always does the right thing. His nature often leaves the Warriors Three in disadvantaged situations. Fun Fact: Fandral is based on the public persona of actor Errol Flynn.

Okay, that’s it: no more THOR primers. Short of the film, I think at this point know as much as I care to know about THOR — outside of reading the books. Thus we have come to the end of this fourth and final THOR THURSDAY, and thus the entry form for a chance to win a THOR prize pack. Standard contest rules apply, contest ends on May 6.


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By John Coovert

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