The Einherjar (blood-sworn) was the council of Leman Russ's Jarls and Thegns during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. Where possible, the council seeks out solid earth on which to stand, that they may face each other as equals in the event of an honour duel or ritual blooding.
The first Einherjar were the honour guard of Leman Russ when he was still known as King Leman of the Russ before the coming of the Allfather. When the Allfather elevated Leman Russ and gave him command of the Space Wolves Legion, Russ decreed that his Einherjar would be the first Fenrisians to be inducted into the Legion.
Although too old by the reckoning of the Mechanicum to become Space Marines, Russ would not deny them the chance. Many died, but some survived against the odds to become the first of the 13th Great Company, variously known as the Greybeards or Wolf Brothers.
The First Einherjar
Known Members of the Einherjar
- Grimnir Blackblood - Huscarl of the Einherjar.
- Kva - Chief Rune Priest.
- Bjorn - Adviser to Russ after the Battle of the Alaxxes Nebula.
- Gunnar Gunnhilt - Lord Gunn, Jarl of Onn (1st Great Company).
- Holmi Longganger - Jarl of Twa (2nd Great Company).
- Ogvai Ogvai Helmschrot - Jarl of Tra (3rd Great Company).
- Lufven Close-Handed - Jarl of For (4th Great Company).
- Amlodhi Skarssen Skarssensson - Jarl of Fyf (5th Great Company).
- Skunnr - Jarl of Sesc (6th Great Company).
- Hvarl Red-Blade - Jarl of Sepp (7th Great Company).
- Baldr Vidunsson - Jarl of For-Twa (8th Great Company).
- Sturgard Joriksson - Jarl of Tra-Tra (9th Great Company).
- Hemtal - Jarl of Dekk (10th Great Company).
- Varald Helsdawn - Jarl of Elva (11th Great Company).
- Vili - Jarl of Elva (11th Great Company).
- Laughing Jaurmag - Jarl of Tolv (12th Great Company), accompanied Kargir's Watch Pack to Terra.
- Scarred Oki - Jarl of Tolv in Jaurmag's absence.
- Jorin Bloodhowl - Jarl of Dekk-Tra (13th Great Company).
- Bulveye - Jarl of Dekk-Tra at the end of the Horus Heresy.
- 1: Wolf King (Novella)
- 2: Leman Russ: The Great Wolf (Novel), Chapter II
- 3: Prospero Burns (Novel), Dramatis Personae
- 4: Howl of the Hearthworld (Short Story)
- 5: The Weregeld, Dramatis Personae
- 6: Wolf at the Door (Short Story)
- 7: Wolfsbane (Novel), Chapter 2