On the Nine Worlds of the Asgardian dimension system, there
are six different races of intelligent humanoid beings.
The gods are the most human-looking and powerful race of
the six. The origin of the gods is shrouded in legend. It
is believed that they are not native to the dimension of
were born on Earth and relocated there at some point in
the distant past. The gods of Asgard were worshipped about
a millennium ago by the Norsemen of Scandinavia and various
Germanic tribes (who called them by variant names; e.g.
Wotan instead of Odin). The gods no longer have or actively
seek worshippers on Earth. Certain gods, notably Thor
and Odin, still take interest in the welfare of humanity.
The gods possess certain superhuman physical attributes.
They are extremely long-lived (though not immortal like
the Olympian gods), aging at an extra, ordinarily slow rate
upon reaching adulthood. Asgardian flesh and bone is about
three times denser than similar human tissue, contributing
to the gods' superhuman strength and weight. An average
male god can lift (press) about 30 tons; an average female
god can lift (press) about 25 tons. Gods are immune to all
terrestrial diseases and resistant to conventional injury.
The metabolism of the gods gives them superhuman endurance
in all physical activities.
The second race of Asgard is the Giants, whose dwelling
place is Jotunheim. The Giants are basically humanoid in
appearance and color, although they tend toward the Neanderthal
in body and bone structure. Their most distinguishing feature
is their height. The average Giant is twenty feet tall,
although some reach up to thirty feet. On occasion, Giants
will produce stunted offspring who look similar to the Gods.
Loki and the Executioner
are both children of Giants, despite their diminutive six
or seven foot stature. Giants tend to lead a simple hunter
/ gatherer type of existence, but their great resentment
of the Gods' superior attributes frequently incite them
to wage war against the Gods. Giants are frequently sub-classified
by their locale: Storm Giants live in the mountains, while
Frost Giants live in the frozen tundra. The eldest Frost
Giant Is Ymir.
The third race of Asgard is the Dwarves. Dwarves are smaller
in stature than the gods, and have squat, stocky bodies.
Their average height is four feet. The Dwarves tend to be
craftsmen and farmers who maintain friendly trade and peace
relations with the Gods. Dwarves dwell in the land of Nidavellir,
which is part of the landmass where Asgard and Vanaheim
are situated. Dwarves have crafted such Asgardian weapons
as the hammer Mjoinir and the spear Gungnir, although it
was the magic of Odin that imbued these objects with their
The fourth race of Asgard is the Elves. There are two types of Elves; the Dark
Elves end the Light Elves, and each dwell in their own separate
world, Svartalfheim and Alfheim, respectively. Elves of
both kinds vary greatly in size, from four to eight feet.
They tend toward slender bodies with proportionately long
limbs, although there are exceptions. The Light Elves tend
to be lighter in color than the Dark Elves, end dwell on
the surface while the Dark Elves dwell underground. Both
types have a natural proclivity towards magic.
The fifth race of Asgard is the Trolls. The Trolls are the least human looking
of the denizens of the worlds of Asgard, possessing body
characteristics that are almost simian. Trolls are stocky
arid massive, have thick body hair (almost fur), and tend
toward a ruddy orange in color. They are on the average
taller than the Gods but shorter than the Giants, around
seven feet tall, although some Trolls are considerably taller.
They live in scattered settlements throughout Asgard, Vaneheim,
Jotunheim, and Svartalfheim, mostly underground. The Trolls
toil as miners and metalworkers. As belligerent as the Giants,
Trolls make up in craftiness what they lack in size. Trolls
tend to be extremely strong, stronger than the average God,
Dwarf, or Elf, and on a par with the Giants. Certain Trolls
like Ulik rival the thunder god Thor in strength. The Trolls
dislike the other races of Asgard, particularly the Gods,
and have as little to do with them as possible unless the
opportunity for conquest presents itself. The Trolls of
the Asgard Mountains are currently united under the leadership
although revolutions are commonplace.
The sixth race of Asgard is the Demons. The Demons are
beings of fire who dwell in Muspelheim, but sometimes venture
to the other worlds in the name of war. A nomadic race,
the Demons are the offspring of the great fire demon Surtur,
whose existence is said to precede that of the Gods. The
Demons tend to be about the same stature as the Gods. Other
than Surtur, no other individual Asgardian Demon is known.