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Origin of Sif

Real Name: Sif

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #102 (March, 1964)

Powers: Sif possesses superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman durability, and longevity equal to most Asgardians. She is proficient in hand to hand combat and skilled with most traditionally handheld weapons. She also has an enchanted sword that she uses to travel between dimensions. 

Affiliation: Asgard

Did You Know? As the sister to Heimdall and loyal friend of Thor, Sif is one of the most important Asgardians in existence. 

A Little History

The origin of Sif is fairly straightforward. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Sif first made her appearance inside the pages of Journey Into Mystery #102 back in March of 1964. 

Sif is the Goddess of Hunt and Harvest. As a Goddess, it’s her sworn duty to protect Asgard from their many enemies. But she doesn’t do it alone. Sif can usually be found at the side of Thor and/or fighting alongside Balder and the Warriors Three. The Warriors Three, of course, being Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, and Volstagg the Enormous. 

Sif is but one of many in Asgard who seek the love of Thor. Unfortunately, like most, his feelings do not always align with hers. This, however, does not stop her from protecting her homeland or saving Thor if the battle requires it.

Sif is the sister of the ever-watchful Heimdall. Before becoming a shield maiden (female warrior), she attended and was the only girl in the Asgardian Warrior’s School. 

The two, Thor and Sif, met when they were very young. As it were, Sif came under attack by a pack of wolves to which Thor rescued her from. After this encounter, the two became the closest of friends. This was so much that when Sif was taken hostage by King Rugga of the Storm Giants, then traded to Hela for immortality, Thor offered up his life in exchange for hers. 

At a young age, Odin sent Thor, Sif, and Balder out to gather four objects that he wanted to use to create a sword. After besting Hakurei the Dragon, crossing the sands of Jennia, and surviving the frozen tundra of Jotunheim, Loki told the three that Norn Queen planned to invade Asgard. They immediately returned home and gave aid in the battle. As a consequence, Thor was mortally wounded and perhaps would’ve died if it were not for Sif’s quick-thinking. After the Norn Queen’s defeat, Odin honored the three young warriors.

Jealous over Sif, Loki, the God of Mischief, cut her golden hair during her sleep. Afraid of the consequences, Loki bargained with the dwarves Brokk and Eitri to restore her hair. At the last minute Loki backed out of the deal and instead of the hair growing blonde hair, it grew back black.

Even though their time as friends took a backseat to Sif’s training, the two (Thor and Sif) always found a way back to one another.

And that’s it. The origin of Sif.

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