|“||Did I mentioned he was annoying? Frigg was so worried about him. The poor baby had been having bad dreams about his own doom. Welcome to reality, Balder! We all have bad dreams. But Frigg couldn't stand the idea that her precious angel might bruise his little foot. She exacted promises from everything in creation that nothing would hurt her beautiful son - people, gods, trees, rocks...Can you imagine exacting a promise from a rock? Frigg managed it. Afterward, the gods had a party to celebrate. They started throwing things at Balder just for laughs. Arrows, swords, boulders, each other... nothing would hurt him. It was as if the idiot was surrounded by a force field. Well... I'm sorry. The thought of Mr. Perfect being Mr. Invulnerable made me sick."||”|
–Loki, recounting the tale of Baldr's death in The Sword of Summer
Balder (also Baldr or Baldur in other versions) is the Norse God of Light, Peace, Spring, Forgiveness and Purity. Balder is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg. He was eventually killed by the trickster god Loki, who manipulated Balder's blind twin brother Hod. His beloved wife Nanna would die of grief shortly thereafter.
Balder is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg. One night, Balder had a nightmare of his own death, so his mother went around the nine worlds having everyone and everything swear that they will never hurt Balder. However, she skipped mistletoe as she thought it would be harmless no matter what. However, Loki finds out and crafts an arrow made of mistletoe and, during a celebration party where the gods where trowing things at Balder to test his invulnerability, Loki tricked his blind brother Hod into throwing the arrow. It landed in his chest and killed him. Skírnir goes to Helheim to convince Hel to free Balder, she agrees but only if everything in the nine worlds wept for the slain god. Skírnir tells the other gods this and they set out to free their comrade. However, all but a giantess wept for Balder, so he is destined to be trapped in Helheim until Ragnarok.
Balder is mentioned by Loki, when the latter grieves about the fate that his sons Vali and Narfi suffered as part of his punishment for killing Odin's beloved son.
When Thomas Jefferson Jr. is tasked by Hel to find Garm, the slain god Balder walks up to the son of Tyr to check if he is real or not. When asked if he could help him, he says he can not help T.J., but he does give him the arrow that killed him to immobilize the guard god. When Garm is back in his cave, Balder retrieves his arrow and leaves to wash it.
Balder is described as young and handsome with a mop of brown hair and shining blue eyes with dimples and an impish smile.
Balder is shown to be a kind deity and a helpful ally, as he offered T.J. his arrow to lure Garm back to his cave. However he is also shown to be hesitant, as he questioned if Hel would approve of him helping the son of Tyr.
- Superhuman Strength: As a son of Odin and Frigg, Balder is an extremely powerful god.
- Superhuman Durability: Frigg made him virtually invincible, Balder became invulnerable to anything save a branch of mistletoe, rendering him nearly undefeatable.
- Invulnerability: Thanks to the efforts of his mother, Frigg, Balder's body was invulnerable to seemingly every object that might potentially harm him . Balder's only known weakness is self harm and mistletoe .
- Photokinesis: As the God of Light, he has absolute control and divine authority over light.
- Amokinesis: As the God of Love, he has absolute control and divine authority over the emotions of love and desire.
- Balder is the only major Norse god to die before Ragnarök, yet he is destined to be resurrected after it is over.
- Balder's Greco-Roman equivalents (in terms of attributes) are Apollo and Eros/Cupid.
- Balder's invulnerability was somewhat similar to the Greek Curse of Achilles.
- The only thing that could harm him was mistletoe.
- Balder, Manitoba, a village in southern Manitoba, Canada, is named after him.
- In Belgium, the name Balder is also used in dialect for a village called Berlaar and in another village Tielen, the Balderij is a street and a swampy area next to it.