13 Facts About Baldr


In Norse mythology, Baldr is a son of the god Odin and the goddess Frigg, and has numerous brothers, such as Thor and Vali.

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Baldr had the greatest ship ever built, Hringhorni, and there is no place more beautiful than his hall, Breidablik.

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Unlike the Prose Edda, in the Poetic Edda the tale of Baldr's death is referred to rather than recounted at length.

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Baldr is mentioned in Voluspa, in Lokasenna, and is the subject of the Eddic poem Baldr's Dreams.

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In stanza 62 of Voluspa, looking far into the future, the Volva says that Hoðr and Baldr will come back, with the union, according to Bellows, being a symbol of the new age of peace:.

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Baldr is mentioned in two stanzas of Lokasenna, a poem which describes a flyting between the gods and the god Loki.

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Eddic poem Baldr's Dreams opens with the gods holding a council discussing why Baldr had had bad dreams:.

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Apart from this description, Baldr is known primarily for the story of his death, which is seen as the first in a chain of events that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the gods at Ragnarok.

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Baldr was ceremonially burnt upon his ship, Hringhorni, the largest of all ships.

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Nanna, Baldr's wife, threw herself on the funeral fire to await Ragnarok when she would be reunited with her husband .

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In Ensemble Studios' 2002 video game Age of Mythology Baldr is one of nine minor gods Norse players can worship.

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Baldr is the main antagonist in Santa Monica Studio's 2018 video game God of War.

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However, he differs greatly in the game from the Baldr depicted in Norse writings and traditional artistic depictions as he is much more aggressive, crude, and rugged in appearance.

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