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Hod (Höðr)

Hod (Höðr)

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Your Field Guide to Spotting Hod (Höðr)

You’ll only find Hod in one place: Hel. That’s because Váli killed him as punishment for accidentally killing Balder. Now, Hod’s a constant companion to Hel’s mistress, Hel (confusing, we know). Hel’s a big place, but it should be pretty easy to find Hod. He’s one of only a few gods who lives there. If you see him, be sure to call out his name. Hod’s blind, so he definitely won’t see you waving.

Sex: Male
Age: Some say old, some say young
Build: Unremarkable
Complexion: Fair, although rumor has it that everybody changes colors when they move to Hel. (True story!)
Hair Color: Fair
Facial Hair: Sometimes bearded
Scars/marks/tattoos: Blindness
Jewelry and accessories: None
Clothing: Medieval Icelandic
Armor: None. He’s not much of a warrior.
Type of Weapon: Bow’n’mistletoe. But he tries not to use it.

Typical Companions

Hel
Balder (after he forgives me for killing him)

Known Hangouts

Lately, just Hel, and in particular Hel’s Hall, Eljudnir (Éljuðnir)
The Thing (a big field where the gods meet to discuss important issues and, on one awful day, shoot at Balder for fun)

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