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Balder

Balder

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Balder

No one in Asgard is more beloved than Balder. He is so good and so beautiful that he radiates light wherever he goes. He is the god of peace. The bright white mayweed flower “Baldr’s brow” is named after him. Balder is the son of the king of the Norse gods, Odin. When Loki, the Norse trickster god, masterminds Balder's death, Asgard grieves more than it has ever grieved before. It is prophesied that Balder's death signifies the beginning of the end of the world.

Basic Information

NameBalder
NicknameBaldr / Baldur (traditional Old Norse spellings), Bældæg / Beldeg (Old English), the Dying God, Bright Eyes
SexMale
Current cityHel, the Norse Underworld

Work & Education

OccupationThe Dying God
The Bleeding God

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsOdin and Frigg
SiblingsMy full brother, Hod (with Odin's wife, Frigg)
My half-brother, Thor (with Odin's giantess mistress, Jörd)
My half-brother, Vali (with Odin's lover, Rind)
My half or full brother, Hermod (from Odin and an uncertain mother)
ChildrenMy son, Forseti (with Nanna)
FriendsEverybody loves me!
EnemiesLoki, who masterminds my death

Relationships

Relationship statusMarried to Nanna, an Aesir goddess

Favorites

Quotations"For certain is death for the born,/ And certain is birth for the dead;/ Therefore over the inevitable/ Thou shouldst not grieve."
– Bhagavad Gita

"The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself."
– Publilius Syrus, Moral Sayings

"Oh hey, I've been travelin on this road too long (too long)/ Just trying to find my way back home (back home)/ But the old me is dead and gone, dead and gone."
– T.I. and Justin Timberlake, "Dead and Gone"

"when death comes/ like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,/ I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:/ what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?"
– Mary Oliver, "When Death Comes"
BooksHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
When Death Comes by Mary Oliver
Afterwards by Thomas Hardy
When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be by John Keats
Death be not proud by John Donne
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
MusicIt's the End of the World as We Know It, R.E.M.
Dead and Gone, T.I. and Justin Timberlake
MoviesGhost
Heart and Souls
The Sixth Sense
Bright Star
Scoop

Activities & Interests

LikesMy hall, Breidablik (the most beautiful in Asgard!)
My magnificent ship, Hringhorn
ActivitiesGiving fair judgments
Dodgeball
Maintaining the purity of my hall
Being missed
GroupsWorld-Enders
Dying Gods
Sons of Odin
Most Popular Gods of Asgard

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