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Old 10-05-2023, 07:24 PM   #41
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It was mostly that it was too heavy for any other Aesir to pick up. Until Thor's son Magni came along.
If referring to the Non-Marvel Thor, he had a belt called Megingjörš and gloves called Jįrngreipr both of which helped and enabled him to wield Mjölnir.
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Old 10-09-2023, 12:25 AM   #42
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I forgot one. Doctor DNA, the frustrated body-snatching alien who came to give humanity superpowers but found out we already had plenty and tried to take control of what we did with them. Let's call him "Doctor Utopia"

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Old 10-09-2023, 08:12 AM   #43
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he had a belt called Megingjörš and gloves called Jįrngreipr
Easy for you to say! Er, type.
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Old 10-09-2023, 10:14 AM   #44
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Dr. Hormone (which is implied to be his real name in the comics). He's a questionably-ethical Golden Age science 'hero' who injects people with hormones that have pretty implausible results (like growing a troop of tenish-year-old boys to adulthood in apparently seconds, to give a small European nation near-instant soldiers).
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Easy for you to say! Er, type.
Both, actually... :-ž
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Old 10-09-2023, 08:33 PM   #46
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Both, actually... :-ž
Wow, the thorn rune really works well for that, far better than the Roman P...
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Old 10-09-2023, 08:35 PM   #47
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If referring to the Non-Marvel Thor, he had a belt called Megingjörš and gloves called Jįrngreipr both of which helped and enabled him to wield Mjölnir.
Which is why in D&D a hammer of thunderbolts requires (at least in AD&D) wearing a belt of giant strength and gauntlets of ogre power.
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Old 10-10-2023, 08:19 PM   #48
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Wow, the thorn rune really works well for that, far better than the Roman P...
It's not the rune, it's the Latin character set letter Thorn. And it's in most modern commercial unicode fonts.

It's just been largely dropped from modern English. (English has dropped a bunch of letters in the last 400 years - Ž/ž, Š/š, Ę/ę, Œ/œ, Ƿ/ƿ
Thorn, Eth, Aesh, Oek, Wynn.

Likewise, the use of dieresis to indicate separate following vowel pronunciation has gone the way of the dodo, too, in English. The last few vestiges of use are in naļve (and rarely, naļf, same word, 19th C spelling) and fairly rarely, coöperation. Properly, any root starting with a vowel with the prefixes pre-, co-, re-, or de- can be "clarified" by using it. (Scare quotes because of lack of awareness of it, and that in older US dictionaries, ä is used for one a sound, ā for the second, øă for the third... modern ones seem to be moving to IPA.)

Which reminds me (and vaguely back to topic) - more than a few people I've known use archaic characters to bypass poorly set up filters. Käptān Märvĕl or Käptān Mävĕl would pass many filters, but not most humans... and that is using the US dictionary phonetic diacritics.

There are a lot of things, that, if not using a properly set up regex or equivalent, filters can be bypassed by a little unicode wizardry.
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Old 10-11-2023, 09:15 AM   #49
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It's not the rune, it's the Latin character set letter Thorn. And it's in most modern commercial unicode fonts.

It's just been largely dropped from modern English. (English has dropped a bunch of letters in the last 400 years - Ž/ž, Š/š, Ę/ę, Œ/œ, Ƿ/ƿ
Thorn, Eth, Aesh, Oek, Wynn.
Welcome to the Dark Side of the English language mugging other languages and rifling through their pockets for vocabulary. (Thanks for the quote, James Nicoll!)

There seems to be some potential for a supervillain using archaic letters as part of their schtick. Maybe one is part of the Flash's Rogues Gallery? I lack DC Knowledge to know.
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Old 10-11-2023, 10:04 AM   #50
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There seems to be some potential for a supervillain using archaic letters as part of their schtick. Maybe one is part of the Flash's Rogues Gallery? I lack DC Knowledge to know.
Nothing comes to my mind though Mirror Master might use reversed letters.

Abra Kadabra (who is from the 64th Century) would use who knows what for his native tongue.

Dr Alchemy might use arcane symbols but most of those are astrological.

Then you start pondering which of the lower class Rogues are functionally illiterate.
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