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Niord was the leader of a mighty tribe in an age that will not be named. During the great migration of his people Niord and his tribe stopped in a place that he referred to as The Country of The Worm.
After a night of rest, Niord and his tribe marched on and came across the native tribe of the land on which they now tried to pass through.
The battle between the two tribes was savage, and there were casualties on both sides. During the battle, Niord struck one of the natives over the head with his shield, and a blow that would have killed any normal man, merely created a harsh wound on the man's head.
Letting him live out of respect, the man stayed with Niord and his tribe for a few days, long enough to learn a bit of the language and introduce himself as Gorm. The two made allies, and Gorm left to make peace between the tribes. Gorm returned with his tribe, and the two tribes made peace with rituals.
Niord and Gorm hunted together until they came across a valley that Gorm would not enter. Gorm shared the story of how his ancestors had lived in the valley, and all of them, suddenly and inexplicably, vanished. On their way back from the valley, Niord and Gorm were attacked by what they called a Longtooth, an early incarnation of a tiger. Niord slew the beast, but was severely injured.
During his recovery, most of Niord's tribe made way to make the Valley of which he had come across with Gorm, their home. After healing from his wounds, Niord followed, and found all of his tribe slaughtered.
He began to follow the tracks of whatever had killed his people, but Gorm stopped him.
After laying his people to rest, Niord formulated a plan of revenge. He asked Gorm to lead him to the realm hunted by Satha, The Great Serpent, of which Gorm's people were terrified of.
It was not soon after that Satha attacked. Using his cunning and skills as a warrior, Niord was able to trap Satha, and slay the great serpent. He then extracted the venom from the snake's fangs and coated his arrows in the deadly poison.
Niord, after a ritual, then returned to the Valley to hunt whatever had killed his tribe. He found the great hole in which the beast lay, and throwing large boulders down into it, was able to wake what he was only able to call, The Worm.
The giant creature rose from the earth and attacked Niord. Niord fired arrow after arrow coated in the deadly poison at The Worm, to seemingly no effect. He lept onto the back of the creature, only to be swatted away with a savage force.
Niord was thrown incredibly far, most of the bones in his body shattered, but he was still able to watch as The Worm crawled back into his pit as the walls of the valley collapsed in around it from the battle, and a rendering grinding groan from The Worm.
As Niord lay dying, Gorm came upon him, and Niord asked him to let his tribe remember, and for the tale to be told from village to village and tribe to tribe so that everyone would know that not man, nor beast, nor devil himself may prey in safety upon the golden-haired people of Asgard. As he finished his words, death came to Niord.
Niord appeared in Supernatural Thrillers #3, which was adapted from the work of Robert E. Howard. He had no connections to the Asgardians of the Marvel Universe.
First Appearance: Savage Tales (1971) #1
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#2 Conan the Barbarian (1970)
- 'The Frost Giant's Daughter'
#16 Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Savage Barbarian (2006)
- 'The Frost Giant's Daughter'#109
- 'Sons of the Bear God!'#110
- 'Beware the Bear of Heaven!'#112
- 'Buryat Besieged!'
Kull and the Barbarians (1975)
Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword (2010)
Savage Tales (1971)
Supernatural Thrillers (1972)
#3 The Savage Sword of Conan (1974)
- 'The Valley of the Worm'
The Savage Sword of Conan (2007)
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