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King Vold

The Right Hand of Doom TPB
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom
Date Published April 2000
— COLLECTED IN —
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 1
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

Hellboy and Prof. Aickman meet King Vold, the flying huntsman in Norway.

Publication HistoryEdit

King Vold was specifically created for Hellboy: vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom, published in April 2000.

SynopsisEdit

In 1956 Hellboy is asked by Trevor Bruttenholm to assist an associate, Prof. Edmond Aickman, in Norway. Hellboy agrees and travels there, where Aickman makes a good first impression by telling Hellboy a number of Norwegian folktales and demonstrating considerable knowledge of local mythology and paranormal events. The two travel to a remote, forested, mountainous location. Hellboy asks what they are doing there. Aickman replies that they are waiting for King Vold, doomed to hunt every night after making a blasphemous comment, though very few have ever seen him. The professor believes that Hellboy's presence and status as a demonic creature will increase their chances of meeting the King.

King Vold indeed appears and asks Aickman to watch over one of his wolves for the night, in return for a rich reward, before disappearing. Aickman has Hellboy 'handle' the wolf, promising Hellboy half of the gold reward from the King, while he himself stands back and observes. The wolf becomes a wolf-man and then a Viking berserker. The creature attacks Hellboy savagely, badly wounding the latter and knocking him unconscious, but Hellboy ultimately succeeds in preventing it from leaving. All the while, Aickman does nothing to help and is overtaken by delusions of fame and fortune. King Vold later returns with his catch and takes back his wolf. Aickman promptly claims sole credit for the feat, telling King Vold that Hellboy was a "servant" who had fainted as the King had appeared. King Vold 'honors' his promise to reward Aickman, but the coins burn through Aickman's hands and turn to stone when they hit the ground. The King wishes Hellboy, not Aickman, farewell, referring to him via his real name of 'Anung Un Rama,' before riding away. Hellboy wakes up, having missed the entire exchange.

Hellboy returns to Bruttenholm, and Aickman is shown reduced to begging for money in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Story ChronologyEdit

The story takes place in 1956. In a box it is also said that Trevor Bruttenholm adopted Hellboy in 1946 and that Hellboy became a B.P.R.D. field agent in 1952. The events of B.P.R.D.: 1946 occur shortly after the adoption.[1] Hellboy's start as a field agent in 1952 is also mentioned in The Wolves of Saint August, "Hi, My Name's Hellboy" and The Right Hand of Doom.

Connections to Other StoriesEdit

  • The legend of King Vold is mentioned by Kate Corrigan in the Animated film Hellboy: Sword of Storms. The details of the legend are the same. However, in the movie it was Kate, not Hellboy, who investigated. Also she travels to Prague, not Norway.

NotesEdit

  1. B.P.R.D. 1946 #1, "Reluctant to leave newly adopted ward".
Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
The Nature of the Beast
King Vold
Followed by
Conqueror Worm
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom
Preceded by
The Nature of the Beast
King Vold
Followed by
Heads
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
The Nature of the Beast
King Vold
Followed by
The Crooked Man
The Penanggalan