The Death of Baldr

The Death of Baldr

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Gods and Goddesses

Baldr (non.)
Balder (en.)
The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
Nanna (non.)
The wife of Baldr and the mother of Forseti. According to Snorri, Nanna dies of grief and is burned along with Baldr on his funeral pyre.

Myths

Death of Baldr Myth A myth concerning an accidental fratricide. It sometimes includes Loki as an instigator who dupes Baldr's brother, Höðr, into the act and actually guides his hand. In the Prose Edda, Snorri says that Höðr was blind.

Plants

mistilteinn (non.)
mistletoe (en.)
Of all the plants, Frigg failed to ask mistletoe not to harm Baldr. Loki found out and used mistletoe to make the weapon that Höðr threw at Baldr.

Source Materials:

Eddukvæði
Poetic Edda
This collection of eddic poems was compiled by an anonymous scholar in Iceland in the twelfth century. It was for a time mistakenly attributed to a scholar named Sæmundr hinn fróði (1056–1133) and thus was known as Sæmundar Edda.
Hyndluljóð (non.)
Song of Hyndla (en.)
This Eddaic poem is not part of the Codex Regius manuscript and is found only in the late 14th century Flateyjarbók manuscript.
Ældre Eddas Gudesange (da.)
An edition of the Poetic Edda with illustrations by Lorenz Frølich.

Source Persons

Frølich, Lorenz (da.)
b. 1820
d. 1908
Nationality: Danish
Frolich was a painter, illustrator and etcher.
Gjellerup, Karl (da.)
b. 2nd June 1857
d. 13th October 1919
Nationality: Danish
Gellurup was a Danish poet and novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917.