In Norse mythology, Balder is without doubt one of the Aesir, the principal race of gods. He is the son of the chief gods Odin and Frigga.
Balder was mentioned to have been a lovely god, with truthful hair and white pores and skin. He was the god of innocence, magnificence, pleasure, purity, and peace. In the centuries earlier than Christianity reached Scandinavia, he could have had a extra warlike nature and should even have been a battle god. By the time Icelandic poet Snorri Sturluson wrote the poetic Edda in the thirteenth century, nevertheless, Christianity had come to Scandinavia, and Balder had taken on Christlike attributes.
Little is definitely identified about Balder aside from the well-known story about his dying. Either Balder or his mom dreamed of his dying, and so Frigga made the whole lot on Earth vow by no means to harm him. She forgot solely the common-or-garden mistletoe.
When the depraved Loki discovered of Frigga’s omission, he took a sharpened sprig of mistletoe and hurried to the place the place Balder was taking part in with the gods. They had been hurling objects at him that bounced off with out harming him. Loki gave the mistletoe to Balder’s brother, the blind god Höd, who then inadvertently killed his brother with it.
Hel, goddess of the underworld, promised to release Balder from the underworld if all objects alive and useless would weep for him. Everything wept, besides the giantess Thokk, who refused to mourn the slain god. And so Balder remained in the underworld and wouldn't emerge till after Ragnarok, the battle on the finish of the world. At Ragnarok, Balder and his brother Höd can be reconciled and rule the brand new world along with Thor’s sons.
When the gods found that the giantess Thokk had been Loki in disguise, they hunted him down and sure him to three rocks. Theytied a serpent above him, and its venom dripped onto Loki’s face. His spouse, Sigyn, protected Loki by gathering the venom in a bowl. From time to time, she had to flip away to empty the bowl, and the poison would drip onto Loki, who writhed in ache. Loki’s struggling was mentioned to trigger earthquakes.
The fantasy ends saying that Loki would befreed in time to ﬁght in opposition to the Aesir at Ragnarok.