"Odin and I drowned entire civilizations in blood and tears. Where do you think all this gold came from?"
Hela to Thor[src]

The Subjugation of the Nine Realms was a conflict orchestrated by Odin, Hela and their army in an attempt to conquer the Nine Realms and establish an Asgardian empire.

Background

Odin ascended to the throne of Asgard upon the death of his father Bor in one of Asgard's many wars.[2] Odin would later sire a daughter, Hela, putting her under intense training to make her into a fearsome warrior.[1]

Subjugation

"We were unstoppable. I was his weapon in the conquests that built Asgard's empire. One by one, the realms became ours. But then, simply because my ambition outgrew his, he banished me, caged me, locked me away like an animal."
Hela to Skurge[src]

Odin and Hela sought to expand Asgard's influence, waging war on the other realms of Yggdrasil. Leading an army of elite warriors and bringing all the realms into Asgard's empire.[1]

Aftermath

"Her violent appetites were beyond my controls. I couldn't stop it, so... I imprisoned her. Locked her away"
Odin[src]

Odin eventually realized that a strong peace, not constant war, was the best way to ensure stability and order within the Nine Realms. To this end, he put an end to Asgard's expansionary campaigns. Hela didn't agree with him and sought to take the throne by force in a bloody coup attempt in which she killed everyone in the Royal Palace of Valaskjalf, save Odin himself, who successfully overpowered her. Realizing that he couldn't kill his own daughter, Odin instead banished her to the barren wastelands of Hel in Niflheim.

Hela eventually attempted to escape. Odin sought to stop her by dispatching the elite warrior band known as the Valkyries to contain her. The Valkyries proved no match for Hela, however, and she massacred all of them but one: Brunnhilde. Odin took matters into his own hands, ending Hela's rebellion and seeing her sealed in Hel again. This time, he bound the prison to his life force, ensuring that she could not escape again as long as he lived.[1]

References

Wars and Conflicts in Asgardian History

First Dark Elf Conflict (2988 B.C.) • Subjugation of the Nine RealmsAsgard-Jotunheim War (965 A.D.) • Battle of HarokinBattle of Puente Antiguo (2010) • Duel at the Rainbow Bridge (2010) • War of the Nine Realms (2011 - 2013) • Chitauri Invasion (2012) • Second Dark Elf Conflict (2013) • Ragnarök (2017) • Infinity War (2018) • Battle of Earth (2023)
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