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Hod (Höðr) - The Death of Balder

The Death of Balder

Case Description: Hod was charged with the involuntary manslaughter of Balder. The prosecution alleged that he shot his brother with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.

Case Status: Hod was found guilty in absentia. (His brother, Váli, had already sent him to Hel.) Balder’s supporters pointed out that Loki masterminded the shooting and guided Hod’s hand. They are still seeking to clear him of blame in the killing.

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