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"Where’s the sword? That sword is the key to opening the Bifrost."
Hela[src]

Hofund, often simply referred as the Bifrost Sword, was an Asgardian sword used by Heimdall and, during his exile, Skurge. It also served as a key to activate the switch that opens the Bifrost Bridge.

History

Protector of the Realms

Heimdall uses Hofund as a key to open the Bifrost Bridge and transport people across the Nine Realms.[1]

Frost Giants Attack

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Heimdall opening the Bifrost Bridge.

While warning Thor, Sif, Loki, and the Warriors Three about his oath to protect Asgard from an invasion as they traveled to Jotunheim, Heimdall placed Hofund in a slot that activated the Bifrost Bridge.[1]

Loki Takes the Throne

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Heimdall using Hofund to attack Loki.

Heimdall used his sword in an attempt to attack Loki, but Loki simply froze him in ice with the Casket of Ancient Winters before the blow could strike. Eventually, he was able to free himself, and he quickly cut down the two Frost Giants who had been left to guard the Bifrost, opening the Bridge for Thor and his friends using Hofund as a key.[1]

Sacking of Asgard

During the Sacking of Asgard, Heimdall used Hofund to activate the shield around Asgard.[2]

Committing Treason

Heimdall drew Hofund to get Odin's and the Einherjar's attention to distract them while Thor, Loki, and Jane Foster were escaping in an Asgardian Skiff.[2]

Heimdall's Banishment

Skurge using Hofund

Skurge is given the command of Hofund

After the events of the Sacking of Asgard, Loki became the ruler of Asgard disguised as his father: Odin. Seeing Heimdall as a threat to his reign over Asgard, Loki exiled Heimdall for supposed negligence of duty, so he could secure his position as king without Heimdall seeing though his deception. Loki then employed Skurge as Heimdall's replacement, and putting Hofund under his command. Skurge would use the bifrost and Hofund to steal objects from Earth. When Thor sought to flee a furious Fire Dragon in Muspelheim, Skurge activated Hofund and used the bifrost to bring Thor back to Asgard, with a severed dragon head caught in the pull, drenching Skuthe and Hofund in dragon blood.[3]

Hela's Coup

Stealing Hofund

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Heimdall manages to steal back Hofund

In an attempt to disable the Bifrost Bridge, Heimdall returns and stole Hofund to prevent Hela and Skurge from activating the Bifrost and laying waste to the Nine Relams. Heimdall wielded Hofund as a regular weapon to fend of Hela's army for the remainder of her occupation of the Asgardian throne.[3]

With Asgard destroyed, Hofund's specific use as a key to the Bifrost Bridge has become redundant. However, that did not stop Heimdall from carrying Hofund with him to weild as a weapon.[3]

Sending Hulk to Earth

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Heimdall's Last Act (Bifrost Bridge)

Heimdall uses Hofund's power one last time

When the Statesman came under siege from Thanos, and the ship was boarded and ransacked, Heimdall was injured, and led on the ground with a damaged Hofund by his side, as Thanos and the Black Order killed injured survivors still on the ship. After Hulk fought Thanos, and was defeated by him and thrown to the ground, Heimdall used the still intact enchantments of Hofund to activate the Bifrost, which teleported Hulk to Earth, and away from danger. This attracted the attension of Thanos however, who then killed Heimdall, causing him to drop Hofund to the ground as he died. Hofund was destroyed in the explosion of the Statesman after Thanos departed, using the power stone to implode the ship.[4]

Trivia

  • In the comics, Hofund was made by the Dwarf smiths of Nidavellir, like Thor's hammer Mjølnir and Odin's Spear Gungnir.
  • Hofund is most commonly used to open the Bifrost, but Gungnir was also used for this purpose by Odin and Loki.
  • Heimdall's sword in Norse mythology is called Höfuð (or Hofud), meaning 'head'.
  • Hofund was designed and forged by Indiana swordsmith, David DelaGardelle.

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