Ymir was the oldest and most powerful of the Ice Giants, an otherdimensional race of enormous humanoid creatures. The huge size, durability, and colossal strength of the Ice Giants made them formidable foes to the gods of Asgard over the millennia.
Ymir was the progenitor of the entire race of Frost Giants, although he differed considerably in appearance from many of his current descendants. Ymir and many of the first members of his race were also known as Ice Giants. Like the other Ice Giants, Ymir was covered with snow and ice, and constantly generated intense coldness from his body. The later generations of Ymir's race did not generate cold, and were not covered with ice and snow, and were therefore known simply as Frost Giants. Nonetheless, the great size of the Frost Giants was dependent on cold temperatures, and members of the later generations of Frost Giants, unable to create coldness from their own bodies, would shrink in size if exposed to sufficient heat. Continued exposure to such heat would melt such a Frost Giant entirely.
Except for the fire demon Surtur, Ymir was the oldest known being in the "Nine Worlds" of the Asgardian cosmology. It was 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 Jotunheim, the otherdimensional realm of ice and cold, formed above the Well of Life. It was 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 produced. Some claimed that Ymir's first child was a female named Atali.
Ymir went to live in Jotunheim, which he populated with the race of Frost Giants. At some point before 10,000 BCE, humans began to worship Ymir, his first daughter and son, Laufey as deities. Among these humans were the Vanir people whose members would include Ulysses Bloodstone, Niord Worm's Bane, and possibly Raa and the Maha Yogi. Legends tell of Ymir imprisoning a group of vampires. The young god Odin fought a war with the Ice Giants and slew Ymir. According to Asgardian legend, Odin created the Earth and sky from Ymir's corpse, but this part of the story is clearly untrue. Laufey took over the leadership of the Frost Giants, leading a war against humans.
Ymir, however, succeeded in regenerating himself after Laufey died at the hands of his grandson, Loki, and reclaimed Jotunheim's leadership.
Powers and Abilities
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, to freeze.
- Superhuman Strength: Ymir can lift things up to 100 tons. His strength is greater than that of any other Frost or Ice Giant.
- Frost Immunity: As the King of Jotuns, Ymir is immune to coldness. His body is made of thick ice.
- Cryokinesis: Ymir can generate intense cold from his body. Ymir can cause anything he touches, including the air, to freeze.
- Immortality: Ymir is extremely long-lived. Ymir can cause the fragments of his form to reassemble.
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.
Ymir is vulnerable to extreme high temperature. It would caused him to melt down.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: Extra-dimensional teleportation, usually under his own power.
Weapons: Ymir carries an enormous, ice-covered club, which he uses as a weapon. Possibly the club is entirely composed of ice.
- Although intelligent and capable of speech, Ymir is not particularly cunning, and attempts to win his battles through brute force.
- No trivia.
- Appearances of Ymir (Earth-1010)
- Character Gallery: Ymir (Earth-1010)
- Quotations by Ymir (Earth-1010)
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