The Death of Baldr

The Death of Baldr

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The MyNDIR Team

Laliberte, Camille (en.)
b. 19th December 1998
Occupation: Research Assistant

Anomalies

Loki (non.)
Loki is counted among the gods but is a giant by birth.

Gods and Goddesses

Baldr (non.)
Balder (en.)
The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
Freyja (non.)
A fertility goddess and one of the Vanir. She is the daughter of Njörðr and the twin sister of Freyr.
Freyr (non.)
A fertility god and one of the Vanir. He is the son of Njörðr and the twin brother of Freyja.
Frigg (non.)
The wife of Óðinn and the mother of Baldr.
Höðr (non.)
Hod (en.)
The god who killed his brother Baldr with a weapon made of mistletoe. Depending on the source, the mistletoe projectile is a spear, an arrow, or a dart. In the Prose Edda, Höðr is blind and his aim is guided by Loki.
Óðinn (non.)
Odin (en.)
The chief god of the Æsir in The Prose Edda. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal who tricks the King of Sweden into believing that he is a god.

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.

Mythological Persons

Narfi (non.)
Narfi, the son of Sigyn and Loki, is introduced in Gylfaginning. To punish Loki for killing Baldr, the gods turn Narfi's brother Vali into a wolf. Vali disembowels Narfi, whose innards are used to bind Loki.

Mythological Places

Asgard (en.)
Ásgarðr (is.)
The city of the gods.
Hliðskjálf (non.)
Hlithskjalf (en.)
The high seat of Odin.

Source Materials:

In the Days of Giants (en.)
Retelling of Norse Myth written by Abbie Farwell Brown and illustrated by Elmer Boyd Smith.
Prose Edda (is.)
Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.

Source Persons

Brown, Abbie Farwell (en.)
b. August 21, 1871
d. March 5, 1927
Nationality: American
Occupation: Author
Residence: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Abbie Farwell Brown was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, lyricist, and children's author.
Elmer Boyd Smith (en.)
b. May 31, 1860
d. October 5, 1943
Nationality: Canadian/American
Occupation: Author/Illustrator
Residence: Wilton, Connecticut, USA
A Canadian-American writer and illustrator.
Snorri Sturluson (is.)
b. 1179
d. 1241
Nationality: Icelandic
Snorri was an Icelandic statesman, scholar, and author who is credited with writing Heimskringla, The Prose Edda, and possibly Egil's Saga.

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The Victorian era began with the reign of Queen Victoria and ended with her death (June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901).