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Thor #295: Review

May 1980
Roy Thomas, Chic Stone

Story Name:

The Price--and the Pride!

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4 stars

Thor #295 Review by (September 16, 2019)

Review: More Germanic myth with the familiar Norse gods. Yes, I know Odin is later established to be millions of years old while this story claims he's less than 2000. A foolish continuity is the hobgoblin of little minds. And Roderick Kingsley is the Hobgoblin for Spider-minds. The Eye of Odin turns out to be a very chatty person, still not close to answering Thor's simple question many issues ago, “When did Odin kill his son?” Well, the Eye probably doesn't get a lot of visitors. Anyway, this is a nice little tale with a modicum of fun and it lasts quite a bit longer as we're going to get the whole story of the Nibelungs.

Comments: Part thirteen of the Eternals Saga which spans issues #283-301.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #295 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Eye of Odin continues the tale of the earlier history of Odin: Thor battles the Storm Giants Fafnir and Fasolt for possession of the goddess Idunn, sister of Frey. But Odin calls a halt, confessing that he did promise the fair goddess to them as payment for their building Valhalla for him. Odin asks Loki if he was able to discover a way out of this bargain; Loki describes how he sought the Rhinegold as a reasonable alternative for the giants but the gnome Alberich stole the gold and fashioned it into a magic ring. Odin's first response is that he must have that ring but the giants, overhearing Loki's story, demand the ring in exchange for Idunn. Odin takes Thor and Loki to Midgard, to the mines of Nibelheim, land of the gnomes. There, Alberich, by the power of the ring and the Tarnhelm which can make him invisible, plays tyrant over his fellow gnomes. The evil gnome takes on the form of a dragon to battle the Asgardian trio and Thor fights him to a standstill. Loki tricks Alberich into turning into a toad...and Odin threatens to squish him if he does not hand over the gold. He gladly does in exchange for his freedom—but Odin demands the ring as well. Alberich curses the ring and hands it over to the All-Father....

The trio return to Asgard and give the Rhinegold to the giants but they demand the ring as well. Odin, possessed by the power of the ring, refuses to hand it over. The Earth-goddess Erda appears and persuades Odin to give it up for his own well-being. They trade the ring for Idunn and immediately the giant brothers fight over who shall possess the ring and Fafnir kills Fasolt, takes the ring and the gold and vanishes from their sight. At Odin's request Thor extends the Rainbow Bridge from Valhalla to Asgard and the All-Father and Frigga become the first inhabitants of the great hall. Odin plans to wipe the memory of that day's events from everyone's minds but Loki has a warning...and Thor has a warning for Loki....

Preview Pages
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Chic Stone
Chic Stone
Carl Gafford
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Keith Pollard (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Keith Pollard. Letterer: Joe Rosen.


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(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Eye of Odin, Frey, Idunn.

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