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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, in The Sword of Summer.

Balder (also Baldr or Baldur in other versions) was the Norse Aesir god of light, spring and purity, and 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.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Sword of Summer

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.

Abilities

As a son of Odin and Frigg, he is powerful.

  • 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.
  • Invulnerability: Thanks to the efforts of his mother Frigg, Balder's body was invulnerable to seemingly every object that might potentially harm him, with his only known weakness being a branch of mistletoe.

Trivia

  • Balder is the only major Norse god to die before Ragnarök, yet he is destined to be resurrected after Doomsday 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.

References

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 | Mallory Keen | Samirah al-Abbas | Sumarbrander | Thomas Jefferson Jr.
Minor Characters: Annabeth Chase | Frederick Chase | Gunilla | Randolph Chase
Norse Gods: Freya | Frey | Thor | Loki | Odin | Frigg | Ullr | Vidar | Heimdall | Sif
Minor Gods: Hel | Mimir | Ran | Aegir
Jotnar: Surt | Utgard-Loki | Ymir
Monsters: Ratatosk | Jormungand | Fenris