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thor's malekith first appeared in 1984 ( Malekith (Earth-616) - Marvel Comics Database )
And warhammer started in 1983 ( Warhammer Fantasy (setting) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )
asuming that malekith wasn't part of the first editions of warhammer, this means thor was first
Earliest reference to Malekith and the Dark Elves in Warhammer is in 4th edition, about 1995.
so are you saying everything about warhammer is a lie?
but is it real?
Real as in a real Norse god? No, not that I can determine.
Early Warhammer took a lot from other sources - they tried to stick to the real world stuff, mythology, or history, but sometimes they picked up stuff like this. They still do it - Marbo from the Imperial Guard book is based on Rambo (only 2 letters switched in their name). A lot of places have taken things from Warhammer though as well, notably the Warcraft series of RTS games, and a few others.
This is Malekith as he is in the movie.
This is Malekith in the comics.
Having read a lot of comics when I was younger including a lot of Thor comics I can say that the personalities and demeanor of the Malekith in the Marvel Universe and that of the Malekith in the Warhammer world are actually quite different.
The Witch King of the Warhammer world can be seen as a mixture of several characters from various sources including the Lord of the Nazgul from which he borrows his title, the Malekith of the Marvel universe from which he borrows his name, his backstory is similar to that of Lucifer with a bit of Sauron thrown in for good measure. The story of the Sundering and the concept of the Dark Elves draws heavily from the Drow of the Forgotten Realms series with elements of the downfall of the Numenoreans and the biblical War in Heaven that saw Lucifer defeated by Michael. The only things that the two Malekith's share are their names, the fact they are the Lord of the Dark Elves in their respective universes and the fact they are both irredeemably evil and tyrannical dark sorcerers.
So yes GW have borrowed from many sources but they have blended them together to create a race that is interesting and engaging with an backstory that is equally so.
Last edited by Jared van Kell; January 3rd, 2013 at 00:20.
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