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Balder The Glorious Section I Summary In the chapter entitled Baldr and Loki in RI Pages book Norse Myths he takes a close look at the character Balder and how he relates to two very different stories of how he was killed First is the Snorri version of the Death of Balder and second being the Saxo version Page states that Baldr is the best of all gods fair in complexion and nature wise eloquent and full of grace yet ineffectualPage 47 He is mentioned many times throughout Norse mythology but there are few myths actually focused around him A lot is focused around Baldrs invulnerability Baldr is the most loved and perfect of the gods and is killed but later in Norse mythology is reborn when a new better world is created Page brings up the similarities this has to a popular Christian belief of Jesus Christs resurrection from death He points out that this is no coincidence being that it is not only Christians who have this belief A god who dies and then is resurrected is also a theme in Egypt Osiris and Adonis Whether it is derived from a central story or just the influence of each others mythology is not concluded Page 50 In comparing the two myths about how Baldr was killed the Snorri version is much more colorful The Saxo version is meant to be real history not mythology Page 51 Baldr is killed when fighting for the throne and a woman Nanna In this story Baldr is not so perfect playing the role of the aggressor trying to steal Hotherus throne and woman This adaptation presents Baldr as a half-god or semideus because his parents were false divinities only holding the title in vanity Page gives excellent insight into the character of Baldr From the perfect beautiful Baldr in Snorris myth to the antagonizing power hungry warrior in Saxos version he is an important
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