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As with most stories that are too old to be remembered accurately even by those who lived them, there are several variations of the origin of Thor's mighty hammer, Mjölnir. The most likely story, however, goes something like this... Loki was known among the gods for his mischief and tricks, and when the mood fell upon him to cause trouble, it was never a small ordeal. It all started with an unwanted haircut. The Lady Sif was known for her wonderous mane of hair; naturally, Loki wanted to get rid of it. When Sif awoke one morning to find her hair missing, the only person on whom blame could be cast was Asgard's own troublemaker, and Loki was thus made to solve the problem.
He had little choice but to turn to the greatest smiths in all the Nine Realms, the dwarves. A set of dwarf brothers known as the sons of Ivaldi were eager for the honorable task of creating hair for the goddess, Sif, and set to work at once. Then, to further their fame among the gods, the sons of Ivaldi crafted two more gifts: A ship that could be placed into folded to fit into one's pocket, and a deadly spear.
Loki could have returned to Asgard with more than he had come for, but he had only committed one deed of mischief that day, and his delinquent desires had not yet been fufilled. He made his way to a different family of dwarves, the brothers Brokk and Sindri. The trickster began showing off what the sons of Ivaldi had crafted, and made a bet that they couldn't make anything better. They accepting the challenge, but only because the infamous Silvertongue had bet his head on it.
In order to ensure that these two brothers would lose the bet, Lokie turned himself into a fly and bit them while they worked. The first to creations—a glowing golden boar and a magical golden ring that could produce more rings—still came out flawlessly despite Loki's efforts. However, when the trickster fly bit Brokk on the eyelid hard enough to draw blood, there was a complication.
The third gift had been a mighty hammer that could return to the weilder after being thrown, and would never miss what it was thrown at. Mjölnir, it was called. It was perfect in all ways but one:
Thor #337 CGC 8.0 ••
Cover by Walt Simonson. Beta Ray Bill (first appearance) becomes Thor in "Doom!", script and art by Walt Simonson; Nick Fury asks Thor's aid in investigating an alien ship heading for earth; Thor arrives and triggers the awakening of an alien protector, Beta Ray Bill; Bill bests Thor and takes up his hammer only to be accidentally summoned to Asgard by Odin who thinks he is summoning Thor. Brief appearances by Nick Fury, Loki, Sif, Balder, Heimdall, Volstagg, and Odin. First appearance of Lorelei (sister of the Enchantress). Begins Walt Simonson's run on Thor ••
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