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- - The god of light joy purity beauty innocence and reconciliation Son of Odin and Frigg He was loved by both gods and man and was considered to be the best of the gods He had a good character was friendly wise and eloquent although he had little power His wife is Nanna daughter of Nep and their son is Forseti the god of justice Balders hall is Breidablik broad splendor Most of the stories about Balder concern his death He was dreaming about his death 1 so Frigg extracted an oath from every creature object and force in nature snakes metals diseases poisons fire etc that they would never harm Balder They agreed that none of their kind would ever hurt or assist in hurting Balder Thinking him invincible the gods enjoyed themselves thereafter by using Balder as a target for knife-throwing and archery The malicious trickster Loki who was jealous of Balder changed his appearance and asked Frigg if there was absolutely nothing that could harm Balder Frigg suspecting nothing answered that there was just one thing a small tree in the west that was called mistletoe but she thought it was too small to ask for an oath Loki immediately left for the west and returned with the mistletoe He tricked Balders blind twin brother Hod to shoot with a mistletoe fig Not knowing what he did Hod threw the fig guided by Lokis aim and Balder fell dead pierced through the heart While the gods were lamenting over Balders death Odin sent his other son Hermod to Hel the goddess of death to plead for Balders return Hel agreed to send Balder back to the land of the living on one condition everything in the world dead or alive must weep for him And everything wept except for Loki who had disguised himself as the witch Thokk so Balder had to remain in the underworld
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