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"Despite all I have survived, my queen still worries over me."
"It's only because I worry over you that you have survived."
Odin and Frigga[src]

Frigga was the Queen of Asgard and wife of Odin, mother of Thor, and adoptive mother of Loki. She attempted to keep the peace between the family even when Loki discovered he was the true son of Laufey and became vengeful towards her and her husband. When Thor brought Jane Foster to Asgard to protect her from the powers of the Aether, Frigga took care of her and defended her against the attacking Dark Elves, even sacrificing her life at the hands of Malekith to ensure her safety. Frigga's death allowed Loki, whom she had always cared for, to reconsider his life choices and join with his brother to avenge her death, although her death was not enough to change Loki's desire to rule, as he killed Odin to become king.

Biography

Early Life

Frigga was the wife of Odin, mother of Thor and the queen of Asgard. She was compassionate and nurturing to her son, Thor, and Loki, the son of Laufey, whom Odin had brought with him from Jotunheim after the war with the Frost Giants and whom the couple adopted. She raised both sons with love and warmth and appeared to be a good and wise queen.[1]

Aware that Loki felt overshadowed by his father and brother's physical prowess, Frigga trained him in magic, believing that this would give Loki his own ground to stand on.[2]

Thor's Coronation

"It's all right to be nervous."
"Why does everyone keep saying that? I am not nervous."
"You may be able to fool the rest of Asgard..."
"Yes, but never you. I know."
"Thor, just remember that you have something even the great Allfather ever had."
"And what's that?"
"Me for a mother. Now don't keep your father waiting."
―Frigga and Thor, talking during the ceremony[src]

Prior to Thor's coronation, she talked with him, telling Thor that it was understandable for him to be nervous. Frigga then assisted in the ceremony, standing beside her adopted son, Loki.[3]

Thor's Banishment

"I would not have exiled him to a world of mortals, stripped of his powers, to suffer alone. I would not have had the heart for such cruelty!"
"That is why I'm King. I, too, grieve the loss of our son. But there are some things that even I cannot undo."
"You can bring him back."
"No! His fate is in his own hands now."
―Frigga and Odin, talking about Thor's Banishment[src]

Seeking to punish Thor for disturbing the peace of the Nine Realms, Odin stripped Thor of his powers and banished him to Earth. Frigga confronted Odin, angered by his decision, and pleaded with him to reverse his decision.[3]

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Frigga at Odin's bedside during his Odinsleep

After Odin collapsed and was brought to his bedchamber, Frigga stayed at his side and refused to leave, afraid that he had put off the Odinsleep for too long and would never awaken. She expressed this fear to Loki, who joined her to both comfort her and ask about the truth of his parentage. In response to Loki's question, Frigga tried to reassure him that he was loved and an integral part of the family. She then emphasized that everything Odin did was for a purpose.[1]

Thor Returns

When Laufey and two other Frost Giants, as part of a pact he made with Loki, entered Odin's room to kill him, Frigga defended her husband, killing one of the Frost Giants before being thrown aside. Loki appeared and slew Laufey with Gungnir, and then embraced his mother.

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Frigga with Sif at the celebration for Thor's return and the loss of Loki.

Immediately after, Thor returned and Frigga ran to him, embracing him. During a banquet to welcome Thor back to Asgard, she talked with Lady Sif about how Thor was feeling.[1]

Discovering Loki's Survival

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Frigga communicating with Loki.

Unable to accept the death of her son, Frigga used magic to find him. She found him making his deal with Thanos and attempted to talk to him, but he told her it was not a good time.[4]

Thor Leaves

When Thor reached Earth in order to collect Loki, he told the god of mischief that he had to come back to Asgard, since their mother was deeply in grief and believing him dead. Loki responded, saying that he did not consider Frigga his mother anymore, after learning the truth about his own origins.[5]

Loki's Return

"He's not my father!"
"Then am I not your mother?"
"...You are not."
"Always so perceptive about everyone but yourself."
Loki and Frigga[src]
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Frigga speaks to Loki in his cell

When Thor managed to return Loki to Asgard, Frigga was relieved to see him. Loki was seemingly touched when Odin revealed that he had spared him only for Frigga's sake. Later, Frigga visited Loki in his cell, telling him she had done everything in her power to make him comfortable. Loki was bitter towards her, and in turn she reminded him of his crimes on Earth. Loki calmed down and attempted to touch her, only to find that Frigga had visited him in a holographic projection.[6]

Thor's Return

After Thor returned from Vanaheim, he saw her talking with Loki. He asked her if she wished she had not shared her magic with him. Frigga told him that she was still glad she did, because it helped him be different from his brother and father.[2]

Death

"Witch! Where is the Aether?"
"I'll never tell."
"I believe you."
―Malekith and Frigga[src]
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Odin holding his wife's cadaver

When the Dark Elves assaulted Asgard, Frigga took Jane Foster to her chambers and shut her away. She then created an illusion of Foster. Malekith invaded the palace and stumbled upon Frigga. Frigga gave him a chance to surrender, but Malekith refused, stating he had come to claim his prize the Aether, which was stored within Foster. Frigga responded by viciously attacking Malekith with a sword, soon overwhelming him. She held the sword to Malekith's throat, but she was then restrained by Algrim. Malekith then rounded on the illusion of Foster, discovering it was an illusion when he tried to take her. Malekith angrily demanded Frigga to tell him where Foster was, but Frigga refused. Malekith recognized that she would not answer and ordered Algrim to kill her. Algrim then impaled her from behind with her own sword.

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A boat holding Frigga's body just before spreading it throughout the universe.

Frigga was given a ceremonial funeral with the rest of the fallen warriors by Odin, and all of Asgard paid their respects to her. Her death had a major impact on Loki, particularly given the knowledge that Loki had unwittingly contributed to her death by giving Algrim directions to escape the dungeon. This would prove to be a turning point for Loki, making him hungry for revenge.[6]

Personality

Frigga was loved dearly by both sons and seemed to be very highly regarded by all of her husband's subjects. She was one of the fairest, kindest, and wisest Asgardians. Unlike her husband, Frigga was willing to forgive Loki, and also willing to accept Thor's relationship with Jane Foster. She was perhaps the only person Loki truly cared about, and her death devastated him.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Frigga possessed various superhuman attributes common among Asgardians. Frigga possessed superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, and was extremely long-lived.

  • Asgardian Physiology: As an Asgardian, Frigga had superhuman abilities.
    • Superhuman Strength: Like all Asgardians, Frigga was superhumanly strong and possessed greater physical strength than the average Asgardian female. She was able to overpower Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves fairly easily.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Like all Asgardians, Frigga's musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of humans.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite her body's resistance, Frigga can be injured like any other Asgardian. However, her metabolism enables her to rapidly regenerate damaged bodily tissue with greater speed and efficiency than a human being is capable of. However, she was still able to be killed by Algrim.
    • Longevity: Like all Asgardians, Frigga aged at a rate that is much slower than that of a human being. Even though she was over one thousand years old, she still looked like a middle-aged woman by Earth standards.
  • Illusion Manipulation: Frigga was able to cast extremely convincing illusions of other beings, especially herself. She was able to send a projection of herself to the Sanctuary, used the ability to speak to Loki in his cell, and tricked Malekith with a fake projection of Jane Foster. Frigga taught Loki how to cast illusions, resulting in his exceptional skill in the field of sorcery.

Abilities

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  • Expert Combatant: Frigga was a highly skilled combatant. She killed a Frost Giant with ease; although more of her skill was prevalent during the attack on Asgard. Most notably, when confronted by Malekith, Frigga single handedly defeated him wielding a short sword in reverse grip, and could have killed him had Algrim not intervened. Ironically, shortly before this, Malekith stated to her that he had "survived much worse", which proved to be a testament to Frigga's skill.

Relationship

Family

  • Buri † - Grandfather-in-law
  • Bor † - Father-in-law
  • Odin - Husband
  • Thor - Son
  • Loki - Adopted Son

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • In the comics, Frigga is not Thor's biological mother; she is mother of Odin's son, Tyr.

Behind the Scenes

  • Frigga was originally more prominent in the first film, but most of her scenes were cut in the release. Kenneth Branagh wrote her "a nice note" in response, and Rene Russo was happy to return for Thor: The Dark World, since she knew that Loki would "need his mom."[7]

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