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"The Nine Realms erupted into chaos, wars were raging, marauding hordes were pillaging. I had to put an end to the slaughter."
Thor[src]

The War of the Nine Realms was a large scale conflict across the Nine Realms that began after the destruction of the Rainbow Bridge, causing the Asgardians to lose their ability to travel the Nine Realms using the Bifrost, preventing them from defending the other realm. During this war the Troll Lords attacked the Dwarves, the Badoon engaged in a civil war, and the Marauders raided Vanaheim.

When the Tesseract was returned to Asgard after the Chitauri Invasion, the Rainbow Bridge was regenerated using the Space Stone's power and, with their ability to harness the Bifrost once more, the Asgardians were able to restore peace among the Nine Realms.

History

Prelude

The Bifrost Destruction

"With the death of Laufey and Loki's attack on their world, the Frost Giants are a broken people... and yet they sense something has happened. The Troll Lords know it as well. For many millennia, they have coveted the Dwarven forges. Once they realize that Asgard cannot come to king Eitri's defense, they will strike. Despite their primitive nature, the Badoon feel our absence. Several of their clans have fallen into civil war. Their savagery and bloodlust will eventually spread from planet to planet unchallenged. And the Marauders amass near Vanaheim. Thor's destruction of the Bifrost continues to shift the balance of power across the Nine Realms... and into the worlds beyond Yggdrasil."
Heimdall[src]

To save Jotunheim from being destroyed by Loki, Thor destroyed the Rainbow Bridge during the Duel at the Rainbow Bridge.[3] After the bridge was destroyed, many of the hostile beings in the Nine Realms realized that the Asgardian presence was missing. The Troll Lords took this chance to begin an onslaught against the Dwarves, seeing that Asgardian warriors could not come to king Eitri's defense. The Badoon began a civil war among their clans, having no Asgardians to intervene.[4] The intergalactic group of bandits known as the Marauders seized the opportunity to raid Vanaheim, a realm whose main form of military came from the Asgardians.[1]

Chitauri Invasion

When Loki was discovered to be attacking Earth in search of the Tesseract, Odin used dark magic to send Thor to stop him.

When Thor found Loki, he came into conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D., who had taken Loki as prisoner. He eventually escaped and a large scale battle erupted, uniting Thor with other skilled individuals, making him a member of the Avengers. The team fought against Loki and his army of Chitauri and successfully defeated them, giving Thor the opportunity to take the Tesseract back to Asgard, along with Loki as his prisoner.[5]

After returning to Asgard, Thor gave the Tesseract to Heimdall so he could repair the Rainbow Bridge. With their ability to use the Bifrost renewed, Thor, the Warriors Three, Sif, and the entire Einherjar army were prepared for battle.[4]

War

Asgardian Intervention

"To fight, to bleed, to die for those we love and cherish. To wage war on those who would kill any who cannot defend themselves. To hold back the ever-growing tide of Ragnarök that comes to calm us all. This is not our duty. It is the reason for our very existence. Since the days of Bor and Buri before him, we have protected the Nine Realms. But for too long, Asgard has been cut off from those who depend on our blood and courage for their survival. Without our light, darkness spreads. But the time of darkness is at an end. Asgard returns. And there will be Hel to pay!"
Thor[src]
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Sif battles against the Marauders

After fighting other forces in the Realms for over two years, and having secured Nornheim and Ria the Asgardians have now had to help Vanaheim from the final threat in the realms, the Marauders. The first to arrive were the Warriors Three, Sif, and many Einherjar soldiers. When they arrived, the Marauders had already began their incursion on the Vanir.

Hogun and Fandral fought the bandits off in the forests with many soldiers, while Sif, Volstagg, and other soldiers fought the other bandits off in the Vanir's camp grounds. Soon a Kronan Marauder arrived to help his comrades, causing the Hogun, Fandral, and the soldiers to flee back into the campgrounds.[6]

Kronan

Thor is confronted by a Kronan Marauder

Soon, Thor arrived to aid in the battle, causing the Asgardians having the advantage, but a Kronan Marauder finally arrived at the campgrounds. All of his allies chanted his name. He tried to intimidate Thor, but was quickly killed by him from a single swing of the hammer, forcing the Marauders to surrender and ending the war.[1]

Aftermath

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Thor and Hogun celebrate the end of the war

"Hogun, the peace is nearly won across the Nine Realms. You should stay here. Be with your people, where your heart is. Asgard can wait."
"You have my thanks."
"As you have mine."
Thor and Hogun[src]

The Asgardians helped the Vanir repair their homes. Hogun chose to stay with his people for a while. On their return to Asgard, there was a celebration for the end of the war. Due to the Convergence, the Dark Elves would soon awaken after millennia of hibernation, starting the Second Dark Elf Conflict.[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) • Battle of Earth (2023)
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