He can hear the grass grow and spot a fly on a giant's nose from a mile away. The sound of his horn strikes fear in the hearts of the gods—they know it means Ragnarök is close at hand. That's right: he's Heimdall, watchman of the gods and guardian of Asgard. Tasked with keeping constant tabs on traffic over Bifröst Bridge, the only entrance into the gods' homeland, it's Heimdall's job to keep the giants out. Work and play mingle for Heimdall: his house's convenient location where Bifröst meets Asgard means that he can enjoy a fine cup of mead in his banquet hall even as he scours Bifröst for signs of giants. On the few occasions when Heimdall abandoned his post, it was for good reason—once to recapture Freyja's stolen necklace from Loki, and another time to sire the three Middle-Earthling classes of serfs, craftsmen, and nobles.
The Watchman, Hallinskiði, Gullintanni (gold-toothed), Vindhlér (protector against the wind)
Watchman (pretty self-explanatory, right?)
Asgard Security Training Services
Isolationist (The giants should stay out of Asgard!)
Nine maids (all sisters); I don't know who my father is
Nope, I'm an only child
Þræll the serf, Karl the craftsman, and Jarl the nobleman
Freyja (I rescued her necklace)
Loki (I got Freyja's necklace from him—oh, and he's the guy who will kill me at Ragnarök)
Lover to the human women Edda, Amma, and Moðir
"May he who holds in his hands the destinies of nations, make you worthy of the favors he has bestowed, and enabled you with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time, the great charge he has committed to your keeping."
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
All Along the Watchtower performed by Jimi Hendrix, music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
Gods of Asgard
Heimdall rarely leaves his guard post at the border of Bifröst Bridge and the heavens—who'd protect Asgard from the giants if he did? There's no one better than Heimdall for this job, since he possesses hearing so keen he can hear grass grow, and eyesight so sharp he can see for hundreds of leagues, even in the dark. We're not exaggerating. On the job with him he has his horse, Gulltoppr; his sword; and his horn, Gjallarhorn, which he will blow to announce the end of the world. It's all very epic.
Age: Old Enough
Complexion: Extremely fair—in fact, almost white
Hair Color: Blonde
Facial Hair: Often bearded
Scars/marks/tattoos: All of his teeth are gold…awesome
Jewelry and accessories: A horn, Gjallarhorn
Clothing: Medieval Viking style
Armor: Sometimes carries a shield
Type of Weapon: Sword; oh, and extremely keen senses of sight and hearing
His golden-maned horse, Gulltoppr
His hall, Himinbjörg, at the juncture of Bifröst bridge with Asgard (he can't really leave his post all that often)
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
The earliest appearance of Heimdall in writing is on the Saltfleetby spindle whorl, where his name appears in a runic inscription next to Odin's and Þjalfi's. We're still waiting for an ancient Shmoop inscription.
Dec 20, 2019
In the Heimskringla,court poet Snorri Sturluson re-imagines the Norse gods as human ancestors of the Viking races. Pretty cool, right? Heimdall is one of the vassals to whom Odin (here a Swedish king) grants lands. What do you think: a fitting transformation?
Dec 20, 1962
In his Marvel Comics incarnation, Heimdall is the brother of the goddess Sif. He's still the guardian of Asgard, and still possesses spectacular powers of sight and hearing. Way to be accurate, Marvel.
Dec 20, 1992
In this computer game, the gods create an infant, Heimdall, whose job it is to retrieve Odin's spear, Freyr's sword, and Thor's Hammer from Loki, who has stolen them. Go to it, Heimdall.
Dec 20, 1999 - Dec 20, 2019
In this anime manga comic, Loki is exiled to earth in a child's body, and Heimdall is sent to assassinate him. Loki vs. Heimdall? Sounds about right.
Dec 20, 2019
Heimdall appears as a member of the alien, highly-advanced Asgard race in this sci-fi series. It's pretty modern stuff: he's a scientist working on problems in cloning.
Dec 20, 2019
In this sequel to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer has Heimdall appear briefly as the keeper of the gates of Asgard. Three cheers for accuracy!
Dec 20, 2019
Heimdall reprises his role from the Marvel Comics series in this live-action version. You know he's a cool dude—he's played by Idris Elba.