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"Tønsberg, Norway. A real Christmas card of a town."
Howard Stark[src]

Tønsberg is a village in Norway that housed the Tesseract for several centuries. Following the Destruction of Asgard and the Snap, it was repopulated by the surviving Asgardians who, in homage to Asgard, renamed it New Asgard.

History

Battle of Tønsberg

Tønsberg in 965 A.D.

Centuries ago, the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, led by their king Laufey, arrived to Tønsberg, planning to conquer Midgard, freezing everything in their path using the Casket of Ancient Winters to plunge the world in a new glacial period. However, the Asgardian army, led by King Odin, defended Midgard and engaged in a war against the Frost Giants, forcing them to abandon Earth and retreat to their own world. Years later, Odin brought the Tesseract to Tønsberg and elected to leave it in the care of Asgardian worshipers.[1]

World War II

"I cannot help you."
"No, but maybe you can help your village."
Church Keeper and Johann Schmidt[src]

Tønsberg in March 1942

During World War II, Johann Schmidt, German SS officer and leader of HYDRA, organized an incursion in Norway searching for the Tesseract. Following its trails until reaching a church full of Viking warriors entombed within its walls, Schmidt interrogated the Church Keeper, who tried to make Schmidt cease his search, claiming the Tesseract was a simple myth.

Johann Schmidt finds the real Tesseract

Schmidt, convinced of its existence as the most valuable object in Odin's Vault, located a fake replica inside one of the tombs, and threatened the Church Keeper to kill all the inhabitants of the village if he didn't help him locate the Tesseract. Schmidt then focused his attention at a sculptured mural of Yggdrasil, finding a hidden box behind a Nidhogg depiction in the mural with the actual Tesseract inside. The Church Keeper warned Schmidt that he wouldn't control the Tesseract's power, but Schmidt killed him and ordered his army to destroy Tønsberg.[2]

New Asgard

New Asgard

"Kind of a step down from a golden palace and magic hammers and whatnot."
"Hey, have a little compassion, pal. First, they've lost Asgard, then half the people. They're probably just happy to have a home."
Rocket Raccoon and Hulk[src]

In 2018, following the Snap, Tønsberg was repopulated by the surviving Asgardians who renamed it New Asgard. The aftermath of the Infinity War and the inability to undo the Snap left Thor bitter and he became a drunken overweight hermit who cared nothing about his people. Over the next five years, the Asgardians lived peacefully as fishermen, accepting the fact that their days of battles and glory were over.

Thor with Rocket Raccoon and Bruce Banner

In 2023, Thor's days of drunken slumber came to an end when Bruce Banner and Rocket Raccoon arrived in New Asgard and informed him about another chance to undo the Snap.

Thor passes on the leadership to Valkyrie

Following the battle, Thor returned to New Asgard and made Valkyrie the new leader of New Asgard, so he could leave with the Guardians of the Galaxy.[3]

Alternate Universes

Attacked by Red Skull

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