"I cannot help you."
"No, but maybe you can help your village."
Church Keeper and Johann Schmidt[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 and Thor used the Bifrost Bridge to travel from Asgard to Tønsberg, with Odin bringing the Tesseract with him and electing to leave in the care of Asgardian worshipers.[1]

World War II

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 power of the Tesseract, but Schmidt simply killed him and ordered his army to destroy the village.[2]

New Asgard

Rocket Raccoon and Bruce Banner arrive at New Asgard

Following the Infinity War during which Thanos used the power of the Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe, Tønsberg was repopulated by the surviving Asgardians who renamed it New Asgard. The aftermath of the war and the inability to undo Thanos' genocidal work 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 is visited by Bruce Banner in his home

Thor's days of drunken slumber came to an end when Bruce Banner and Rocket Raccoon informed him about another chance to bring back from the dead all the people who were killed by Thanos. The Time Heist resulted in all six Infinity Stones from different time periods in the hands of the Avengers who used their power to resurrect the dead. Afterwards, the past version of Nebula brought Thanos from her timeline to 2023, and the resurrected Asgardians assisted in the enormous battle against Thanos.

Thor passes on the leadership to Valkyrie

Following the devastating battle from Thanos' forces, Thor returned to New Asgard, where he made Valkyrie the new King of Asgard, so he could leave to join the Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite her diffidence, Valkyrie took her position and let Thor depart his way from the place.[3]

Trivia

  • Tønsberg is regarded as the oldest town in Norway.
  • Scenes in Tønsberg were filmed at St Abbs. Signs in the small fishing village now proclaim it to be twinned with New Asgard.
  • In the comics, the Asgardians settled near Broxton, Oklahoma after Asgard fell on Earth after the Siege of the city.
  • In the alternate reality of Earth-3515, New Asgard was a city built over the ruins of New York City after the Asgardians conquered Earth.
  • As a small fishing village, New Asgard closely resembles Asgard as it was originally envisioned in Norse Mythology.

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