Baldur Death

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Baldur was one of the most beloved gods in Norse mythology. He was so shining and beautiful that any beautiful beings in the cosmos would bow before him. People loved Baldur for his purity, justice, and joy. However, the most famous tale about this beloved god revolved around his death. Below was the story: Baldur Death

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Baldur’s funeral

Odin questioning Dead Seer

Baldur was the son of Odin the Allfather and chief goddess Frigg. When he became a young man, many bad dreams came to him. He dreamt of his own death before the Ragnarok. His mother, Frigg the Sorceress, had the same dreams. The gods were afraid of losing their beloved Baldur. This upset Odin too. Then Odin chief god set off his journey to the underworld.

Arriving there, he disguised himself and found a dead seer who he believed was very wise in those matters. Odin came across a hall of splendor with a sumptuous feast. He woke the seer and asked who the feast was for. The seer answered the guest of honor was Baldur the Beloved. The seer told Odin how the bad events would befall Baldur and why Baldur could not come back to life. Only when the seer realized who this desperate wanderer was did she stop.

Frigg’s Plea

Odin sorrowly came back to Asgard and tell the Gods about his conversation about Baldur Death with the dead seer. His wife Frigg was so afraid of the prophecy that she decided to send messages to every corner of the cosmos. Frigg’s message was to ask every being to make an oath of not hurting his son, Baldur. Nearly all the being received the message and agreed to do so, except for the mistletoe which was so small that the god neglected it. But this secret was known to few, one of them was Frigg. Meanwhile, other gods merrily threw things at Baldur because they knew everything would bounce off from Baldur. Nothing could ever hurt Baldur.

Loki’s Mischief and Baldur Death

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Loki tricked Hodur into harming Baldur

Loki the Trickster, however, sensed a chance of mischief.

Loki shapeshifted and came to ask Frigg whether everything had made an oath of not hurting Baldur. Frigg answered everything except for the mistletoe which was too innocent to harm her child.

Immediately Loki found the little mistletoe and sharpened one end of the mistletoe. He came back and found Hod the blind god and tricked him into throwing the mistletoe into Baldur. And so did Hod. Loki pointed Hod’s hand towards Baldur and Hod did throw the mistletoe. The mistletoe hit Baldur and he fell down and died on the spot.

Everyone was frightened because the death of Baldur was the very first sign of Ragnarok.

Unsuccessful Rescue of Baldur

Frigg then calmed herself and asked whether anyone was willing to travel to Helheim as a ransom to release Baldur. Hermod, the obscure son of Odin, took this mission. Under the guidance of Odin, Sleipnir carried Hermod to Helheim.

The funeral of Baldur was one of the most remarkable events in Norse mythology. Nearly all types of beings in the cosmos attended Baldur’s funeral. Baldur’s body was placed on his ship, Hringhorni, and push into the sea. His wife, Nana, could bear this moment of Baldur Death and died. Her body then was placed alongside her husband. Then the fire was ignited, swallowing the whole Hringhorni.

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The funeral of Baldur

Meanwhile, Hermod made his way to Helheim. There, he met Hel the underworld goddess. He asked Hel to release his brother for all the beings in Nine Worlds were mourning over his passing. Hel did not constantly accept and she demanded only when all the beings in the cosmos must cry for Baldur could he come back to life. Every being did cry, apart from one giantess (actually Loki in disguise). The giantess refused and said, “Let Hel hold what she has”.

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Hermod before Hel

And because the Gods could not meet the demand of Hel, Baldur still remained in Helheim. Until Ragnarok, when everything fell into the darkness and once again the world re-created, Baldur came back. He blessed the land and the beings with his energy and lightning. After all, Baldur was one of few gods that could survive the Ragnarok.

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