Personal Info:
Real Name: Algrim
Also Known As: Algrim the Strong, Algrim the Elf, Valgoth
Place Of Birth: Svartalfheim
First Appearance: Secret Wars II Vol.1 #4 (1985) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Malekith, Beyonder
Group Affiliation: Formerly the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: Thor
Creators: Walter Simonson
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Enhanced Abilities: Kurse is one of the strongest beings on the planet. His strength is double that of the Mighty Thor. Kurse’s speed, durability, endurance and stamina have also been enhanced to superhuman levels.
Body Armour: Kurse’s body armour which is now apart of him gives him near invulnerability from physical and energy attacks.
Life Support: Kurse does not need to eat, sleep or breathe.
Psionic Tracking: Kurse possesses an unusual ability that enables him to mentally sense and track an individual, even if that individual is thousands of miles away. The full limits of this ability have not been revealed.
The being called Kurse was originally Algrim the Strong, one of the Dark Elves of the extra-dimensional realm of Svartalfheim who served the Dark Elves' ruler, Malekith the Accursed. Malekith captured Lorelei, an Asgardian woman who had used a magical potion to make the Asgardian thunder god Thor fall deeply in love with her. To rescue Lorelei, Thor went to the English Cotswolds, where stood the faerie castle that serves as a nexus between Earth and the other dimensional faerie realm of Svartalfheim Thor broke through into the world of faerie, and seeing Lorelei menaced by Malekith, became oblivious to everything else. Hence, the superhumanly strong Algrim, who stood in shadow wearing ebony armour, easily ambushed him. Malekith had told Algrim he had chosen him to defeat Thor. But while Thor and Algrim fought each other, Malekith ordered that a pitfall be opened beneath their feet. Thor and Algrim fell down a great chasm towards a lake of molten lava. Thor summoned his magic hammer Mjolnir, which carried him to safety, but Algrim plunged into the magma.
The magma's tremendous heat left Algrim on the brink of death. He would have been killed outright except that his enchanted armour protected him from the magma's full effects, and that his desire for vengeance for Thor gave him the will to live. In fact, the shock of the intense pain the magma caused him rendered Algrim amnesiac: not remembering the real reason why he fell into the lava, he knew only that Thor was somehow to blame.
Algrim's hatred of Thor was sensed by the incredibly powerful Beyonder who had come to Earth to investigate the nature of desire. Intrigued, the Beyonder decided, as an experiment, to restore Algrim to health, give him vastly greater strength and remodel his armour, and then see what Algrim would do. Somehow sensing that he would find Thor in New York City, Algrim, now transformed into the being called Kurse, passed from Svartalfheim to Earth and began his search for Thor.
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