Balder God of Light

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

Who is Balder?

Balder (also Baldr or Baldur) is one of the Aesir in Norse mythology, Balder is so bright that light shines from him. Balder is the God of light and purity in Norse mythology and all the Gods praise him for his beauty. Balder is so beautiful that even the most beautiful flowers bows before him, as he walks past them. Balder is also one of the wisest of the Aesir and is the most fairest-spoken and most gracious.

“Each arrow overshot his head” by Elmer Boyd Smith (1902)

Balder’s family

Balder is the second son of Odin and Frigg, he has many brothers one of them is the Thunder God Thor. Balder is married to the Goddess Nanna and together they have a son named Forseti. Together with his wife Nanna they live in his house Breidablik in Asgard. The house is the most beautiful house in Asgard and only the purest of the pure can enter it.

The roof of Balder’s house is made from decorative silver, standing on beautiful decorative pillars. One of Balder’s most precious possessions is the amazing ship called Hringhorn and it is described as the “greatest of all ships”. At Balder’s death, the ship was used at his funeral pyre after he was killed by a mistletoe.