After hearing this the woman disappeared, Loki shapeshifted back into himself and went to get the mistletoe and brought it back to the assembly.
When Loki arrived at the assembly he noticed Hod, standing at the edge of the circle people. Loki went over to talk to him.
Loki asked; Why aren’t you shooting at Balder?
Hod replied; You know very well Loki that I am blind, so I can’t see where he is, and even if I did, I have nothing to shoot at him.
Loki replied; You should be behaving like the other Gods and honoring Balder like they do. I will help you Hod and direct you to where he is standing, I have this twig you can shoot at him.
Hod took the mistletoe and followed Loki’s directions and shot it at Balder. The shot went right through Balder, and he fell to the ground dead. The atmosphere with music, laughter, and joy quickly turned into grief. The Gods stood completely still as they were frozen in time, unable to say a single word. Some of the Gods wanted to revenge Balder’s death, but they couldn’t this was revered as a sanctuary. Some of the Gods tried to speak, but they could only weep and were not able to express their grief in words.
Odin suffered the most, not only had he lost his beloved son, he knew what the death of Balder meant. For you see, Odin had been told about Ragnarok by a seer, and the first warning was the death of Balder.
Weeks went by, and the Gods had started to accept their loss of the beloved Balder. Frigg then asked the Æsir who among them that wanted to gain all her love and favor by agreeing to ride the road to Hel, to see if he could find Balder and get him back from the dead.
Frigg said; Tell Hel the queen of the underworld that she can have anything she wants if she let Balder return to Asgard.
Hermod the brave, Odin’s son stood up and said; I will do it, I will undertake this journey.
Hermod was given the horse Sleipnir for the journey, Sleipnir is Odin’s horse and it is the fastest of all horses.