Balder

Who is he?

  • Balder was the god of light

  • Son of Odin and Frigg

  • Husband of the goddess Nanna

Balder was loved by every god and goddess

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Legends

The only legends about Balder are about his death

The Start of his Death

  • Balder started having dreams of his death and he told his parents about it. They viewed his dreams as predictions of his death and took it very seriously
  • His worried mother traveled all over the world and talked to every living organism. She made them promise to never hurt her son
  • She reached every single organism and made them promise, except for one mistletoe plant. She passed over it because it was too young to make a promise

Loki

  • Loki was the god that killed Balder

  • Loki was mad at Balder's family for killing his wife and putting his son in prison

  • So to get back at them, he planned to kill Balder

How he died

  • Some of the gods made a game of throwing sharp objects at Balder. They would bounce right off him and he wouldn't get hurt
  • Loki learned about the one mistletoe plant that never made the promise to not hurt Balder
  • He found the plant and used it to make a spear
  • Loki then joined the game and threw the spear at Balder, it didn't bounce off of him because the plant never made the promise
  • The spear killed him

After his death

  • After his death, Balder's body was put on his ship and the ship was set on fire

References

Kaldera, Raven. "Baldur Light in the Darkness." NorthernPaganism.org. Northern Paganism,

2012. Web. 11 May 2016. <http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/baldur/about.html