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Baldur's death

Baldur, son of Odin and the gentlest and most beloved of the gods, has suffered from nightmares. The sir could not untangle Baldur's dreams. Odin himself decided to travel to Niflheim, the realm of the dead, to seek advice from a seer. Odin used his magic to raise the seer (a Wölwa or Vala) from the dead. Odin asked her four questions and learned that Hödr would kill Baldur with a deadly branch and that Vali would take revenge on Hödr. With the 4th question, the seer recognized her questioner and refused to answer any further. Odin went back to Asgard with a heavy heart.

The gods and goddesses thought of all things that could harm Baldur. His mother, Frigg, traveled through the nine worlds and convinced every thing and thing in order to swear an oath so as not to harm Baldur. She took the oath from every stone, animal, plant and everything else. There was only one small plant that she did not take an oath, mistletoe. The gods were having fun and subjected Baldur's new invulnerability to a sporting test. They threw arrows and hacked him with axes, but nothing harmed Baldur.

Loki, in the form of an old woman, learned from Frigg that she had forgotten one thing: the harmless little mistletoe bush. Loki found a mistletoe bush and made a branch of it into an arrow and put it in his belt.

He went back to the Hall of the Gods, there Loki found the gods throwing objects at Baldur. To one side was Hödr, Baldur's blind brother. Loki asked Hödr why he didn't join the sport. Hödr said that he had no arrow and could not see to shoot it. Loki put the mistletoe in Hödr's hand and led Hödr to shoot the arrow at Baldur.

The arrow flew through the hall and struck Baldur. He pierced it and exited the other side. Baldur fell on his face. He was dead.

The sorrow of the sir was bottomless; deafening their silence. They knew who was responsible for Baldur's death. Hödr couldn't see her terrible stare, and Loki couldn't resist him. He fled.

Goddesses began to whine and cry. Odin was most concerned, as he alone knew the extent of a loss that he knew they would suffer pain and suffering because of the death of his son.

Frigg asked for someone to ride to the kingdom of the dead to bring Baldur back. Hermodr, another of Odin's sons, agreed to begin the journey. Odin made his horse Sleipnir available for the trip.

Meanwhile, Baldur's body was placed on a funeral pyre set up on his ship, the Hringhorni. Baldur's wife Nanna dies with him because her dhe heart bursts; she was also laid at the stake. Baldur's horse was killed and placed by his side. Odin removed his magical golden ring, Draupnir, one of the great treasures of the gods, and placed it on Baldur's hand. Doing so, he leaned down and whispered something in his dead son's ear. The pyre was lit and the ship was knocked out to sea by Thor's hammer. But when Thor did this, a dwarf named Litr ran between his feet and Thor threw him onto the burning boat.

For nine nights, Hermodr rode down the dark road to the land of the dead. He came to the hall of Hel, the daughter of Loki and ruler of the kingdom of the dead. Hel's face and body are those of a beautiful woman, but her thighs and legs are those of a decaying corpse, spotted and the likend disintegrating. Hel was ready to release Baldur on the condition that all things in the world, in life or among the dead, would weep for Baldur. If any creature refuses to weep, then Baldur must stay in Hel and never can ever return to the sir. Before leaving Hel, Hermodr, at an offer from Hel, said goodbye to Baldur and Nanna, who gave him many presents, including Draupnir, to give to the sir.

Upon Hermod's return to Asgard, the Aesir sends out couriers to all nine worlds. All things indeed cried for Baldur: men and animals, albums and giants, stone and metal in the way that these things weep when they are covered in frost and begin to thaw.

The sir couriers came to a giantess alone in a cave. When they asked her to weep for Baldur, she replied, "Alive or dead, the man's old son has been of no use to me. Let Hel keep what she has." Despising, the giantess did not want to cry or say another word. The sir had no doubt that the giantess Loki was in disguise and so in his malice was trying to keep Baldur with Hel. Baldur never came back, only after Ragnarök would he rise again and rule over the new world.

According to the Norse rules of leadership, it was necessary that Odin avenge the death of his son Baldur. With trickery and magic he stole the cow's favor. She bore Odin a son, Vali. The child grew rapidly from the moment it was born. On the first night of his life, before he even combed his hair or washed his hands, Vali came to Asgard and pierced Hödr with an arrow.


One of the great secrets of Scandinavian history and the subject of much speculation is the question: what was Odin whispering in Baldur's ear?

The poem Völuspá tells that Baldur's mother, Frigg, did not cry for Baldur, but for Valhöll's misery. She recognized, like Odin, that the death of Baldur prophesied the death of the gods at Ragnarok.

The story of Baldur's death is very old. Images on gold bracelets from the 6th century illustrate the story of his death.