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Magni is a deity in the Norse pantheon. He is a god of strength, and his strength is said to be limitless.[1] He is the brother of Modi, and son of Thor and the giantess Jarnsaxa.

DescriptionEdit

Appearance and personalityEdit

Little is known about Magni's appearance.

Magni is Chaotic Good in alignment.[1]

TitlesEdit

Magni is called God of Strength. He also shares his title "The Steadfast" with his brother Magni.[2]

AbilitiesEdit

Magni's strength is legendary. He is said to be able to lift practically anything, even things said to be impossible to lift. He can bend anything which he can grip, and put his fist through anything. He can catch any weapon thrown at him and throw it back.[1]

Magni is exceptionally tough. He cannot be harmed by bludgeoning weapons.[1]

PortfolioEdit

Magni is a god of strength.[1]

WorshipEdit

DogmaEdit

Details of his worship are unknown. His followers are likely to value strength.

WorshipersEdit

The people of Midgard typically worship the Norse pantheon as a collective group. Magni's own followers tend to be Chaotic Good in alignment.[1]

ClergyEdit

Little is known about the habits of Magni's clergy. They are likely to be Chaotic Good in alignment.[1]

Holy sitesEdit

Temples of Asgardian deities tend to be heavily fortified buildings. However, unique features of Magni's temples are unknown.

Holy symbolEdit

Magni's holy symbol is a mountain.[1]

Favored weaponEdit

Magni favors the hammer.[3] He is said to be the only of the Aesir other than Thor who can lift Thor's hammer Mjolnir.

RelationshipsEdit

FamilyEdit

Magni is the son of the god Thor and the giantass Jarnsaxa.[4] By relation to Thor he is the grandson of Odin.

He is twin[2] brother to Modi, and half-brother to Thrud, whose mother is Thor's current wife Sif.

EnemiesEdit

Magni has no known enemies.

AlliesEdit

As a son of Thor, Magni is likely to fight alongside the Aesir at Ragnarok.

MinionsEdit

Magni rides the horse Gullfaxi, which was given after he rescued Thor who was trapped under the body of a giant.[2]

RealmEdit

Magni lives in Asgard. He has no hall of his own.

HistoryEdit

Prophecy of RagnarokEdit

Magni will be one of the gods who survives the battle at Ragnarok, where most of the Norse pantheon shall be killed. He shall inherit his father Thor's hammer Mjolnir, and rule the new world.[5]

Publication historyEdit

Original D&DEdit

Magni is first named in Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), p.27,32.

AD&D 1st editionEdit

Magni appears in Legends & Lore (1e) (1985) and Deities & Demigods (1e) (1980).

AD&D 2nd editionEdit

Magni is detailed in the Planescape sourcebook On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.147.

D&D 3rd editionEdit

Magni is named in Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.165,192.

D&D 4th editionEdit

The Norse pantheon does not appear in D&D 4th edition.

Creative originsEdit

Magni appears in Norse myth. In Skaldskaparmal, part of the 13th century Prose Edda, Snorri tells the story of Thor's fight with the giant Hrungnir. Thor defeats Hrungnir, but is trapped beneath the massive giant's leg. All of the Aesir try to lift Hrungnir's leg, but are unable. Magni, son of Thor and Jarnsaxa, shows up and lifts.

Magni and Modi are mentioned together in various poems as the sons of Thor. However, only Magni's mother is named, and it is not definitively stated whether Modi is Magni's brother and son of Jarnsaxa, or his half-brother by some other mother. D&D canon assumes that they are brothers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Legends & Lore (1e) (1985), p.105.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.147.
  3. Hammer of Thor, Spear of Zeus, Dragon #115 (Nov 1986), p.40.
  4. Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.192.
  5. Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.165.
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