Less Known Gods in Norse Mythology

Less Known Gods in Norse Mythology

Indeed, Norse mythology revolved around Norse gods like Odin, Thor, and Loki. Yet, there were many more interesting less known gods in Norse mythology. Although Norse mythology mentioned their names once or twice, they were all worth recognition as well.

Hodr

Hodr was a blind god. He appeared once in the Death of Baldur and Hodr was the major cause for the death of Baldur as well. Legend mentioned Hodr as the twin brother of Baldur which probably meant Hodr was also the son of Odin and Frigg.

Hodr was sitting in a corner to hear people merrily chanting and admiring the Shining God, Baldur. They were happy because no one could ever hurt Baldur their beloved god now. Frigg, mother of Hodr and Baldur, travelled the world asking every creature to promise never to hurt Baldur. She left out only the small mistletoe. Somehow Loki learnt of this secret and he made an arrow out of a small mistletoe.

Seeing Hodr sitting alone, Loki gave him the newly made arrow and guided him to join the merry crowd. Under the guidance of Loki, Hodr threw the mistletoe toward Baldur’s chest only to see his twin brother fall dead on the spot.

Hodr was among the less known gods in Norse mythology. He was the one who directly threw the mistletoe arrow into the chest of Baldur causing the death of Baldur.

Idunn

Idunn was the goddess of youth who guarded the youth apples that offered the beauty and energy to the Norse gods. She was innocent, beautiful, and kind. Idunn always held a basket of fruits in her hand and delivered the fruits to everyone in Asgard.

Idunn the Youth Fruit Keeper in Norse mythology
Idunn the Youth Fruit Keeper in Norse mythology giving the men in Asgard with the youth fruits.

On one occasion, Loki who had made a deal with a giant to kidnap Idunn lied to Idunn that he found a garden of Idunn’s fruits in Midgard and he would bring her to check whether the fruits belonged to her or not. Idunn the Innocent believed in what Loki said immediately and she was brought to the hall of the giant. Norse gods were worried since the absence of Idunn because they started to age and their beauty started to fade away.

Bragi

God Bragi and Idun the guardian of youth fruits
God Bragi and Idun the guardian of youth fruits

Bragi was the husband of Idunn and he was also the son of Odin and Gunnlod the giantess. He was among the less known gods in Norse mythology as his name appeared in the supporting details to to the myth only.

Bragi was the god of music, poem, and eloquence. His voice was so beautiful that everyone wanted to seize it to put it into a cage and keep it for themselves only. When Odin was away and no one was there to watch out Valhalla, Bragi would take the responsibility.

He would welcome the fallen warriors on behalf of Odin in the Great Hall of Valhalla. There, he would play his magical harp and sing and entertain the fallen warriors with his poems. Because he was god of eloquence, he used the power of words to console the fallen warriors.

Magni

Magni was the son of Thor and he was the god of strength in Norse mythology. It wasn’t Thor who was the strongest god in Asgard. Rather, it was Magni son of Thor.

Magni survived Ragnarok to enter the new world and he was the only one that inherited the Mjolnir hammer after the death of his mighty father.

Magni son of Thor was the one that finally inherited the Mjolnir hammer after the death of Thor
Magni son of Thor was the one that finally inherited the Mjolnir hammer after the death of Thor

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