Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War sees Peter Dinklage make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Eitri, the dwarf leader of Nidavellir. The Game of Thrones star’s role was carefully kept secret, with fans still trying to guess who he might be playing right up until the last minute.
Throughout all that time, Eitri was one of the more popular suggestions, since Thor lost his beloved hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok, making it likely that he would be searching for a new weapon – and who better to turn to than the weapons forger who originally crafted Mjolnir?
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Despite the fact that Eitri’s involvement in Avengers: Infinity War was kept under wraps, Dinklage actually has a significant amount of screen time and plays a vital role in Thor’s storyline. While Ragnarok‘s final act proved that Thor is still incredibly powerful without Mjolnir, Infinity War opens with him being easily defeated by Thanos and left to drift in space until the Guardians of the Galaxy come along to rescue him. Because of this, Thor decides that he needs a weapon powerful enough to kill the Mad Titan, and travels with Rocket and Groot to Nidavellir, one of the Nine Realms and the home of the dwarfs. Before we get into Dinklage’s portrayal of Eitri, however, let’s first recap the character’s role in the comics.
Eitri in Marvel Comics
Like many of the characters in Thor’s corner of the Marvel universe, Eitri is taken from Norse mythology. Eitri and his brother Brokkr (Brokk, in the comics) are known for forging three magical items: Gullinbursti, a living golden boar; Draupnir, a gold ring capable of producing copies of itself; and, of course, Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjöllnir. This story was first retold in Thor Annual #11, right down to the amusing detail of Loki appearing as a bug and trying to distract the dwarfs so that they mess up their masterpieces.
Eitri isn’t a major character, but he popped up occasionally in Marvel Comics over the years, with later comics clarifying his status as the leader of the dwarfs of Nidavellir. He made a noteworthy appearance in The New Mutants during a story arc that saw the mutants face off against Hela and her minions, and he also forged a mighty weapon for Beta Ray Bill – a hammer called Stormbreaker.
Because Eitri doesn’t have a great deal of backstory in the comics, most of what he does have makes it into Avengers: Infinity War. But the movie also expands the character by revealing that he crafted one of the most powerful and dangerous artifacts in the universe. That’s right – in the MCU, Eitri was responsible for forging Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet.
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