The story opens in 1121 AD, the Twelfth Century. But the
Vikings (as depicted here) are usually considered by
historians to have
done most of their explorations in the 6th-11th Centuries.
The Viking armor and weapons seen in this story are all
realistic designs of what Viking warriors were known to use.
On page 4-5, Rodmar cuts off Hord's ice cold hand to "stop the cold
rot before it spreads." "Cold rot" is another term for
The skull held up by Rodmar on page 8 appears to be half
human and half oxen, an indication that it was really a
The bodies on the abandoned battlefield on page 8 appear to
have been burned, an indication that even the relatively
primitive Viking colony previously established nearby knew
that the Thing could not be killed in such a normal manner
as spear or sword.
When Hord checks the women's hut for the missing Erik on
page 16, he sees only the women there. But notice there are
now six of them where the previous day there had been only
five, tipping us off that Erik has been take over by the
Thing and has taken on a woman's form.
The Hord-Thing seems to not have the memory of Hord's
missing hand. This indicates an incomplete replication of
memory of the individuals it copies, as also seen in the
case of Carter in the 2011
The story ends with seemingly two Things still alive: Hord
and the one in the water at the beginning of the story. But
those (and any others) must presumably have been killed not
long after or the world would have been taken over by now!
Another possibility is that one or more of its bodies have
been left frozen in one of the continuously frozen regions
of the island.
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