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Jarnbjorn (Thor's axe)

  • EJA

    In a recent issue of Uncanny Avengers, a flashback to the 11th century AD shows a young Thor still using the axe Jarnbjorn, which he wielded prior to becoming worthy enough to lift Mjolnir. But earlier stories showed him already having Mjolnir before the time period in this issue, as far back as the mid 10th century and probably before then. So how come he's still got Jarnbjorn here? It doesn't make sense.

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    • Isn't it a thing with Asgard living and dying again and again ? With the Ragnarok or whatever.

      Or maybe he wanted to practice back with his weapon ?

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    • Or, honestly, it could just be a continuity error. With 70 years of publication history and counting, there are times when writers may not have access to all previous issues or information, and something they write contradicts something previously established.

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    • In the Marvel Universe the word Jarnbjorn also means Plot Device

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    • Maybe he just wanted/needed a weapon with a cutting edge that day, something that could cleave instead of smash. Seems like it might have been an important part of why that enchantment worked as effectively as it did instead of how it might have worked on a blunt weapon like Mjolnir.

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    • The Official Webster Dictionary Earth-616 editions says "Jarnbjorn" says the definition is a Axe-like weapon used by the Asgardian God Thor. The other definition is a plot device

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    • EJA

      Could he have misplaced Mjolnir, or had to forfeit it for a while, forcing him to rely on his earlier weapon?

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    • EJA

      There's also young Thor being told about the Celestials and the treaty the gods of Earth have with them, despite Thor previously not having known anything about them until the modern era.

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    • EJA

      Anyway, I simply can't believe he hadn't earned Mjolnir by this time.

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    • Its a Plot device

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    • EJA

      Yes, but it's how to make said plot device(s) work with what's gone before that interests me.

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    • Basically pretend it existed forever, but never mention it in till unless u plan on using in the near future

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    • Spencerz, like the big one where Cain Marko aka Juggernaut went from being Charles Xavier's foster-brother (no blood relation; his father married Xavier's mother after Xavier's father died) to being his half-brother.

      Or how the Genoshan Genegineer's son went from being a mutant molded into one of those mutate suits to being a non-mutant.

      The first one is the one that bugs me the most; the mistake has been repeated so many times it seems like most of the current X-writers have bought into it.

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    • Most of the time errors like that are due to lack of research or knowledge of the subject...

      It tends to happen more in art then anything like accidentally make a characters eye or hair color wrong.

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