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Mistletoe! Can you imagine? Frigg forgot one tiny little plant. I fashioned a dart from the stuff, gave it to Balder's blind brother, a god named Hod. I didn't want him to miss the fun of chucking deadly objects at Balder, so I guided Hod's hand... well, Frigg's worst fears came true.

Loki, to Magnus Chase on how he tricked Hod.

Hod (in other versions Hödur or Hodr) is the Norse Æsir god of winter and darkness. A blind god, he is the son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Baldr.

History

While at the festival in which the assorted gods of Asgard were throwing things at the now invincible Baldr, the jealous Loki tricked Hodr into throwing a mistletoe dart at his [Hod's] brother. With Loki's help Hod hit Baldr, inadvertently killing him, as mistletoe was the one thing Baldr was vulnerable too. Hod himself was later killed by Váli, Odin's son by the Jotunn Rindr, avenging Baldr's death.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Sword of Summer

Loki mentions to Magnus Chase that he gave Hod a mistletoe dart and guided the blind Hod's hand to kill Baldr.

Abilities

  • He presumably has the standard powers of a god.
  • Umbrakinesis: As the God of Darkness, he has absolute control and divine authority over darkness.
  • Cryokinesis: As the God of Winter, he has absolute control and divine authority over ice and cold.
  • Seasons Alteration (limited to winter): As the God of Winter, he has complete control and divine authority over the elements of winter.

Trivia

  • Hod is the only known blind Norse god.
  • His name Hodr means "warrior".
  • His Greco-Roman equivalent in terms of abilities (Winter) would be Boreas/Aquilon and (Darkness) Erebus/Scotus.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Core Series: The Sword of Summer | The Hammer of Thor | The Ship of the Dead
Main Characters: Magnus Chase | Alex Fierro | Blitzen | Halfborn Gunderson | Hearthstone | Loki | Mallory Keen | Samirah al-Abbas | Sumarbrander | Thomas Jefferson Jr.
Secondary Characters: Randolph Chase | Gunilla | Natalie Chase | Amir Fadlan | Alderman
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