Death of Baldur: The First Sign of Ragnarok

From the beginning of Norse mythology, Aesir gods learnt about Ragnarok the Doom of Pantheon. As destruction was hanging just above their heads, they started to find ways to rid of it. However, even Odin the Allfather couldn’t change the course of fate and what had to come finally came. The death of Baldur was the first sign of Ragnarok in Norse mythology.

Who was Baldur?

Baldur was a god in Norse Pantheon. He was son of Odin the Allfather and Frigg the Queen of Asgard. In Old Norse, Baldur meant “prince” which presented his role in Asgard. Being the son of the King and the Queen of Asgard, Baldur was obviously the Prince of Asgard.

Among all gods, people must have loved Baldur the most for his kindness and generosity. According to the myth, all gods, goddesses, and other creatures loved Baldur. Baldur was so beautiful that even the most beautiful creatures in the cosmos bowed in front of him.

The only thing about Baldur was his dream of his own death.

When Death Dream came true

Baldur finally turned into a man and everyone loved him even more. But he often dreamt of his own death. His mother, Frigg, who was a volva (a female figure who could see the future) also saw death was approaching her beloved son.

When Odin knew that Baldur and his wife dreamt about Baldur’s death, he set out to travel to the Underworld to ask about what he had been worried. There he disguised as an old man and entered the hall. The first thing that Odin came across was a luxurious feast which seemed like it was going to celebrate something special.

He woke up the seeress and asked her what the fest was for. The seeress without a doubt of the man asking answered that they were about to welcome Baldur to the Underworld. She vividly told Odin how Baldur met his death with an arrow.

He woke up the seeress and asked her what the fest was for. The seeress without a doubt of the man asking answered that they were about to welcome Baldur to the Underworld. She vividly told Odin how Baldur met his death with an arrow.

The death of Baldur was inevitable no matter how hard Aesir gods tried to prevent it

Coming back to Asgard, Odin told everything during his journey to all gods and silence fell on the whole Asgard.

The only one that always held on to even the slightest hope was the mother. And Frigg set out to travel around Nine Worlds to save her son. She went to every corner and asked every creature to promise that they would never harm Baldur. Because everyone loved Baldur, they promised to do so immediately. The only problem was that Frigg forgot the small mistletoe. And unfortunately, the mischievous villain of Norse mythology learnt of this secret.

When the Shining God No Longer Shone

When Frigg completed her journey, Baldur also became (almost) invincible. Nothing in the cosmos could ever harm him. Whatever thrown into Baldur would bounce back. On that day, everyone merrily threw every thing into Baldur only to see all of them bounce back and Baldur stayed unharmed.

And Loki appeared. When he knew the secret of Frigg, Loki set out to find a mistletoe and turned it into an arrow. He brought it to Hodr the twin of Baldur and also the blind god which Loki could make use of him. Giving Hodr the arrow, Loki guided him to throw the arrow into Baldur. Whooshhhh. The arrow hit Baldur in the chest and everyone saw Baldur collapse immediately. And there the death of Baldur came quickly and all of a sudden.

Baldur’s funeral

This sudden death of Baldur left not only Aesir gods in agony but also all creatures in the cosmos. Because on a day, they lost their beloved god and they also knew that Ragnarok was inevitable.

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