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Laufey (Earth-616)

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Information-silkReal NameLaufey
Information-silkAliasesThe King of the Giants[1]
Information-silkRelativesFarbauti (wife), Loki (son)
Information-silkAffiliationFrost Giants
Information-silkBase Of OperationsJotunheim
Information-silkIdentityNo Dual Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipFrost Giants
Information-silkMarital StatusMarried
Information-silkOccupationKing of Jotunheim
Information-silkEducationSkilled warrior and Leader
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesPointed ears
Information-silkOriginFrost Giants
Information-silkPlace of BirthJotunheim
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Jack Kirby
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In the early days, Odin, the King of Asgard, marched his forces into Jotunheim to battle Laufey and the Frost Giants. Odin faced down Laufey and destroyed his war club, prompting Laufey to brandish a sword. A sprawling battle between the two forces ensued.

The battle ended with Odin using Mjolnir to crush Laufey's skull. Odin discovered a baby, Laufey's son Loki, amongst the wreckage, and made the decision to raise him as his own son. Laufey had kept Loki hidden as he was ashamed that Loki had been born a runt.[2]

It was later retconned that Loki had been a child, rather than a baby, when Laufey was killed. The day prior to the battle, Loki had attempted to inform him of an opportunity to stealthily kill Odin prior to the battle. Laufey struck Loki for calling him a coward.

The next day, after the fateful battle and Odin's claiming of Loki as a son, Laufey was left wounded, but alive. A version of Loki from the future traveled back in time to alter events, proceeded to decapitate him, stating that Laufey would never strike him again.

Playing with the Dead

Years later, a group of Frost Giants retrieved his skull and traveled to Midgard with a Frost Giant wizard to revive him. They slaughtered many villages to use their blood to create blood ice and drag Laufey's soul from Hel. However, Odin's son Thor came along with various Viking ships to put an end to the massacre, and he killed the Frost Giants before they could finish the spell and the skull was lost in the sea. Centuries later, a Roxxon submarine detected the energies coming from the skull and discovered it [3], taking it to Roxxon Island with other magical items.[4] During his campaign to unify the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim under his rule, Malekith the Accursed made an alliance with the Frost Giants [5], promising them to find the skull.[6] After he became king and they offered an alliance to the Fire Demons, [7] Malekith discovered that the skull was in Midgard and in Roxxon's possession. Lord Skrymir was hesitant with invading Midgard without their king, but Malekith told him that his spies in Asgard informed him that Thor had lost Mjolnir, which convinced him to attack Midgard.[8]. The Frost Giants raided a Roxxon underwater facility, and Malekith demanded the location of the skull. Killing two employees, he and the third employee were interrupted by the arrival of Thor. Malekith taunted him over the rumors of the loss of Mjolnir. They battled, but the Giants attacked and restrained him. Malekith took his axe Jarnbjorn and cut off Thor's arm, leaving him to drown while he and the Giants looked for their prize.[6]

They freezed the Pacific Ocean and made a stairway to Roxxon Island, also freezing Asgardian warriors led by Freya and Avengers that tried to stop them. They attacked Roxxon Island and Malekith confronted Roxxon C.E.O. Dario Agger. Agger escaped into his vault, which contained a skull decoy for the Giants to take.[4] Malekith entered the vault and demanded Dario to give him the skull but he transformed into his Minotaur form and they battled. As both claimed their right to the skull, the new female Thor, who had defeated the Giants, destroyed it, unaware it was a decoy.[8]

Agger latter contacted Malekith, revealing that the skull destroyed was a decoy the giants were meant to get and the two started bargaining with the skull.[9] Agger and Malekith came to a deal, Dario will give him the skull in exchange of the mineral rights of all realms Malekith conquers.[1] Malekith convinced Agger to celebrate in the Dark Elf way and he teleported the two of them to Alfheim where they slaughtered various Light Elves.[10] Malekith and Agger then went to Jotunheim were, using the blood of a hundred murdered Light Elves, Malekith performed a spell that resurrected King Laufey.[11]


As a Frost Giant, Laufey possesses superhuman strength and resistance to physical injury. He is skilled in ice manipulation and weather control. He also possesses limited powers of sorcery.


Laufey is a Frost Giant and they are not highly skilled in the arts of combat, but his sheer size and strength make him a formidable opponent even for the Asgardian gods.


Heat: When exposed to extreme heat, Laufey will start to shrink in size. When he returns to the cold climate of Jotunheim he will eventually grow back to his normal size.


Laufey sometimes carried a large club.

  • In Norse mythology, Laufey (or Nál) is described as the mother of Loki, in the Marvel universe he is his father. Also in mythology his father's name is Farbaut, who inspired his mother's name in the Marvel Universe which of course is Farbauti.

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