Who is Baldur in Norse mythology?

Baldr is the youngest son of Odin and Frigga, the most attractive of the Aesir sky gods, according to Norse mythology. All the gods in Asgard were made happy and cheered simply by his presence, and he emanated a very bright light wherever he went.

The goddess of the Aesirs Nana, who looked after Asgard's orchards, was the spouse of Baldr. They resided in the Breidablik Hall, and everything around it was naturally beautiful; nothing unclean could possibly exist there. Forseti, their son, would grow up to become known as the deity of justice.

The Baldur's Draumar (Baldur's Dream) story describes the time when Baldr started having weird visions about his impending doom: death was closing in to engulf the world of the Aesir in darkness, and light itself would be eaten by it. When Baldr told his parents about the dreams, Frigga, his mother, quickly traveled through the nine realms pleading with all creatures not to destroy her adored son. Every living thing made this oath, and when Frigga passed by the mistletoe, she assumed it was harmless because it was too young to make such an oath. After that, she went back to Asgard and informed Baldr of what she had done and assured him of his safety. Every deity would throw weapons at him in a game that Baldr created, and every single weapon would bounce off.

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There is retribution in every great tragic tale, and this one is no exception. The god Loki learned the secret to Baldr's immunity to all things but the mistletoe while he was furious with the Aesir for killing his wife Angrboda and imprisoning one of his sons, Fenrir. Loki then constructed a dart out of the mistletoe and waited for the games of throwing weapons at Baldr to start. Hoder, Baldr's blind brother, requested Loki's assistance so he could take part in the competition. Hoder complied and killed his own brother by shooting Baldr with the mistletoe dart.

As Loki fled, Asgard experienced a great deal of grief. Many gods promised to carry out Baldr's death's vengeance, but Odin had other plans and none of his family were qualified. Odin raped the enormous goddess Rind, and she gave birth to Váli, the god of retribution, as a result. The only thing Váli knew about the real story was that Hoder had killed his half-brother Baldr, so he killed the blind deity.

Baldr was put aboard his Hringhorni-class ship, and the funeral fire was lit. Many people attended Baldr's funeral. Due to his loss of control at the passing of his younger brother, Thor killed a visiting dwarf by kicking him directly into a fire. Nana, Baldr's wife, killed herself by jumping into the cremation pyre so she may be with her lover. Along with everything else that belonged to the god of light, Baldr's horse was also set ablaze. The ship proved to be too hefty to push into the sea when the time came. A female giant named Hyrrokin suddenly appeared, riding a large wolf, and shoved the ship so hard that the earth itself rocked. According to legend, this mysterious Hyrrokin was actually Angrboda, Loki's wife, who had come to exact revenge for the murder attempt on her, the kidnapping and subsequent binding of her son Fenrir, as well as the capture and subsequent binding of her child Jormundgand, the huge sea snake.

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Hermod, one of Baldur's brothers, was given another mission in the interim by Odin and Frigga. He had been ordered to gallop into Helheim and implore Hela to free Baldr. Hermod rode for nine days before arriving at the Gates of Helheim and passing through. Hela refused his request for the life of his brother, telling him that she would only free him if every living thing in the nine planets shed a tear for him. The Aesir traveled in every direction, pleading with everybody they encountered to shed a tear for Baldr. Except for an elderly female giant by the name of Thokk, everyone followed suit, and Baldr was forever gone. According to legend, this Thokk figure was none other than Loki himself, who was making sure that Baldr and her daughter Hela were standing.

Many theories exist as to why such a thing occurred and why Odin allowed it to all go place. Odin predicted that if Baldr was still alive when Ragnarök began, he would be killed; however, if he was already dead, Baldr would resurrect after Ragnarök and rule over Asgard. In order to protect Baldr and send him to the dead realm, the safest place among the nine realms, it is stated that Odin and Loki planned Baldr's death. This way, Baldr will be ready to return to Asgard and rule when the time is right.

Another version of this tale was told by the Saxons, in which the mortal princess Nana was the object of the love of two princes named Baldr and Hoder. Following their fight, Hoder married Nana after killing Baldr with the Mistletoe sword.

It is evident from this tale that the only force capable of defeating light is its opposite, darkness. The deity of darkness Hoder, who is blind, slew his brother, the god of light Baldr. Death and misery come to mortal men when darkness falls over the earth, and it is during this time that Ragnarök begins when all light vanishes. But after the darkness, a fresh light appears, and new life begins to grow. Baldr comes back to life and takes control of the Sky Gods' realm.

One thing is certainly certain: Baldr was given a new responsibility, which caused him to change into a new deity with a new sacred duty. He is now the god who delivers light in gloomy areas, which also means that he illuminates those whose lives are, metaphorically speaking, dark. Living through difficult circumstances, despair, depression, and sorrow, Baldr brings light and a fresh awakening.

Baldur's Origin

He is Frigg's son, the second son of the inn. He is the thunder-god órr's younger brother. The blind winter god Hör is his twin brother. Their son, the god of justice, was named Forseti, and his bride was Nanna, the daughter of Nep.

The Ringhorn, or Hringhorni, was the largest ship ever constructed and was referred to as the "greatest of all ships" by Baldr. Breiablik, which translates to "broad splendor," was the name of his hall. According to both the Grmnismál and the Gylfaginning, Breiablik is the prettiest of residences and is the only place where nothing wicked or filthy may live.

Baldr's Death

He is largely remembered for the tale surrounding his death rather than for his remarkable bravery and honor. It all began when he began having visions of dying, which prompted his mother, Frigg, to compel every thing on Earth to swear not to hurt her son Baldr. Baldr's apparent invincibility was utilized by the other gods to practice throwing knives and firing arrows at him after they all made the commitment that none of their kind would ever harm or aid in harming him.

This strategy was almost flawless, but she overlooked the weed mistletoe because she deemed it too trivial. Loki, the cunning God, put on a disguise and enquired of Frigg whether anything could harm Baldr. She informed him about the mistletoe without giving it any thought. Loki quickly departed to harvest some of the marijuana and craft a dart from it. Several of the gods were playing a game with Baldr at the same time, hurling projectiles at him in an effort to strike him; but, since all things had sworn to never hurt Baldr, their attempts were futile. Hör, Baldr's blind twin brother, received the mistletoe dart from Loki so that he could take part in the game. He shot the dart into Baldr's chest, instantly killing him, not knowing what was in his hand or benefiting from Loki's marksmanship. Even though he was not entirely innocent, Váli, the new son of Inn and Rindr who was born and raised in a single day, subsequently killed him in order to exact revenge for Baldr's passing.

The other gods mourned his passing, and inn dispatched Hermór to Hel, the goddess of death, to request that Baldr be brought back to life. She responded by saying that if everyone in the world, living or dead, wept for him, she would allow him to live once more. Baldr remained with Hel since Loki was the only person who would not mourn for him at this point, when he had assumed the identity of the witch Thokk (in some versions, he was a Giantess).

The gods then started the God of Light's burial, placing his body on his ship, the Hringhorni, which served as a funeral pyre and draped it in red cloth. His wife, Nanna, also perished on the pyre with him as a result of her grief over his demise. All of his belongings as well as his horse were also burned on the pyre. The giantess Hyrrokin propelled the ship out to sea.

For playing a crucial part in the demise of the most adored of the gods, Loki received punishment. Following his capture, he was impaled on three rocks and bound above a snake that would drip venom into his face every several seconds until Ragnarök.

Baldur's Powers

Baldur was endowed with exceptional abilities that served as a reminder of his heavenly ancestry. His invulnerability to damage in any way was his most amazing skill. His mother, Frigg, cherished him greatly and fought valiantly to shield him from harm. She used her magic to seal a promise with each thing and living thing in the world, guaranteeing that they would not hurt her priceless kid. Baldur was essentially invincible as a result, enabling him to survive even the bloodiest fights unharmed.

Although invulnerable, Baldur was not immune to death-foretold dreams in his prophetic dreams. Frigg stepped up her attempts to prevent this awful outcome, going to great measures to shield her son from any danger.

Baldur, God of War

Baldur's personality in the God of War series is considerably dissimilar from how he is portrayed in Norse mythology. To start, Freya, not Frigg, is Baldur's mother in the God of War series. Furthermore, Freya used a magic to make Baldur impervious to harm, in contrast to Frigg who swore an oath with every living thing to protect him. In contrast to the Norse legend, where he had a son, this spell caused him to lose his ability to feel any feeling, which prevented him from having any offspring. In the God of War, he got resentful, wishing he could feel something, and took out his resentment on others, as opposed to the mythology, where he used his invulnerability as a pastime.

He is known as the god of light in Norse mythology and is depicted as peaceful, calm, handsome, and delicate. While still attractive in the video game franchise, he has a more rough appearance and is characterized by an uncontrollable wrath and a desire for vengeance. Despite being enemies, Kratos and Baldur are able to bond in the game thanks to their desire for vengeance against Freya. This is due to Kratos' drive to exact revenge on Zeus, who was just as strong of a parent as Freya. Because of their shared understanding, Kratos and Baldur even talk about the price of vengeance.

Atreus, the son of Kratos, is portrayed as needing a lesson from Baldur in addition to their shared link. This is due to Kratos not being truthful with Atreus, which may force him to later hold Kratos accountable. If Kratos doesn't mend his friendship with Atreus, Baldur is implied to perhaps have a role in this.

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