Nidavellir was the home of the Dwarves, and one of their main activities is to serve as blacksmiths. As such, Nidavellir presents some of the best forges in the Nine Realms. It was here where they created the hammer Mjølnir.
In a plot to overthrow Odin as king of Asgard, the Asgardian Imir invaded Nidavellir, and barricaded himself in the Golden Forge. There, he took the Dwarven Smiths as hostages and made them forge an Axe capable of cutting through the fabric of reality.
When Thor arrived at Nidavellir, he confronted Imir, but he was taken by surprise by the powers of Imir's Axe, that allowed him to open small portals and teleport himself through the room, catching Thor off-guard until he was able to summon lightning through the chimney of the forge, electrocuting Imir and liberating the Dwarves.
When the Bifrost Bridge was destroyed, the Rock Trolls, having coveted the Dwarven Forges for many millennia, attacked Nidavellir, knowing that Asgard could not come to defend King Eitri and his people.
Sometime after the Second Dark Elf Conflict, the Titan warlord Thanos arrived on Nidavellir and demanded that the Dwarves forge him a device capable of harnessing the power of the Infinity Stones. The Dwarven King Eitri complied with his demands and constructed the Infinity Gauntlet in hopes that he and his people would be spared from the Mad Titan's wrath. His hopes were futile however as upon acquiring the newly forged Gauntlet, Thanos proceeded to massacre the entire Dwarven population, leaving only Eitri to be the sole survivor of the station and his race. Sometime after the event, the neutron star at Nidavellir's core burnt itself of all its energy, leaving the entire station and its forges to be frozen shut.
During the conflict with Thanos, Thor ventured to Nidavellir with Rocket Raccoon and Groot to forge Thor's new weapon. Upon arriving, the typically lively forges of Nidavellir were cold and barren, littered with broken parts. The initially scared Dwarf King Eitri found himself reunited with his old friend, and explained that the dwarves had been rendered all but extinct and his hands had been fused off with metal as a result of Thanos.
With Thor and Rocket Raccoon's help, Eitri reignited the dying star and re-lit the forge, creating Stormbreaker with a handle made from Groot's arm. The then smoking husk of Thor was revived and used the power of the Bifrost to go forth to Wakanda and assist his fellow Avengers.
- In the comics, Nidavellir is located in the middle of the World Tree and houses numerous forges in its caverns.
- In some depictions of Norse mythology, Nidavellir is alternately known as Svartalfheim.
- ↑ 'Avengers: Infinity War' Directors Explain That 'Ultron' MCU Plot Hole
- ↑ The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative
- ↑ Thor: God of Thunder
- ↑ Thor: The Dark World Prelude
- ↑ Thor: The Dark World
- ↑ Infinity War Screenwriters Reveal Timeline of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet
- ↑ Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ↑ Avengers: Infinity War