Again, while comic writers tend to focus on Thor's immense power, his fighting prowess isn't to be underestimated. After the rest of the Avengers are defeated, Thor and Hercules pit themselves against the Eight Exemplars (peers of Juggernaut) alone "in a display of skill and strength that rivals anything seen in Earth's long history." And "their centuries of experience" could have won them the battle had they not been so outnumbered, from Avengers vol. 2 #25:
But you don't need much else when the man himself, Captain America, describes Thor's skills on-panel. "He is an expert combatant having been trained for hundreds of years in the art of war. His understanding of tactics and strategies encompasses the teachings of cultures over several centuries." From Avengers Annual #18:
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My memory is a little fuzzy, but when Thor cut the strings that held the Ragnarok cycle together, or something like that, Those guys were sitting there and they were all like "Dude, Thor, don't break it, brah. You can be one of us and watch!" and Thor was all like "Nah, man. If our sacrifice ain't permanent then it don't mean nothin'."
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Its basically states that Thor was able to save his people because of the humanity his father gave him. He basically was a god who had mans determination to fight against his fate. Most Gods tend to just adhere to their natures and submit to fate. Thor fought against his and was able to see the working of "Those who sit above in shadow" where other gods could not.
They're parasitic elder gods who have presumably be around as long as Asgard itself. They were mentioned and shown in a couple of old issues of X-Factor, iirc, as Loki had dealings with them. Aside from those issues and the Ragnarok arc in the previous Thor volume, not much has been said or shown about them.
^ Pretty much right in every regard, but I think you meant X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2 (where they made their irst appearance as far as I know):
(please log in to view the image) Nobody knows where they came from -- whether they preceded the Asgardians or latched onto them and adjusted their own forms -- but they essentially are the Gods of the Asgardian Gods.
Say what you will about it, but let me make this clear: this is not meant to be disrespect to Thor. I always intended to post every single fight that Thor had with the Hulk because their rivalry is legendary. And this is one of them. Bottom-line: Thor fans should feel confident that the door swings both ways... just not this time. I think we're all eager to see a rematch.
Thor vs Savage Hulk, from Hulk: Let the Battle Begin #1: