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Asgard Geneticist Heimdall

Earth Culture of Origin

Old Norse

Alternate Names / Spellings

Heimdallr, Rig, has many attributes identical to Tyr

Presides Over

Heimdall is the god of light.

Earth Mythological References

Born at the end of the world, Heimdall is said to be the son of nine mothers (the daughters of Geirrendour the Giant or of Aegir). Legend says he was raised by the force of the earth, seawater and the blood of a boar. He is called Gullintani, meaning "gold tooth", because of his shining, golden teeth. His hall is Himinbjorg, The Cliffs of Heaven, and his horse is Gulltop. Heimdall carries the horn Gjallar.

He is the watchman of the gods and guards Bifrost, the only entrance to Asgard (the realm of the gods). Further, Heimdall's duty is to prevent the giants from forcing their way into Asgard. Heimdall can see for a hundred miles around him, by night as well as by day, and his hearing is so accurate no sound escapes him. At the final conflict of Ragnarok he will kill his ancient enemy, the evil god Loki, but will himself die of his wounds.

It is purported that Heimdall created the three races of mankind: the serfs, the peasants, and the warriors.

Stargate References

The Asgard Freyr sought the help of SG-1 to rescue a stranded Asgard scientist, Heimdall, and retrieve his research crucial to the survival of the Asgard. Thor was reported to have been killed while defending a protected planet from Osiris, and with the battle with the Replicators raging, the Asgard couldn't spare anyone to see to this rescue. SG-1, equipped with a Goa'uld cargo vessel, agree to mount the rescue mission to this remote Asgard facility. (5.22 "Revelations")

Heimdall enlisted the help of SG-1 to also rescue Thor who had actually been captured by Osiris and was being tortured for information pertaining to Asgard technology by Anubis. Fortunately, SG-1 helped to rescue Thor, Heimdall, and their research into their race's cloning problem. (5.22 "Revelations")

Five years later, the Asgard committed mass suicide when they determined that their thousands of years of cloning had doomed them to a debilitating and deadly disease. They gifted their knowledge and technology to the SGC, declaring them as "The Fifth Race" (the other four were the Ancients, Nox, Furlings, and Asgard). (10.20 "Unending")


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