Balder was the son of Odin
and Frigga. Balder was the fairest and
the gentlest of all. He had a dream that he was going to be killed. His mother made every
living thing on the earth ... animals .. plants ... promise not to harm him.
Unfortunately she forgot to ask the mistletoe.
Loki made a dart out
of a mistletoe branch and tricked Hoder, who was blind, into
throwing the dart at Balder. The dart killed him!
The gods put Balder in his longship Ringhorn and built a great funeral pyre upon it.
The gods tried to get Balder back by sending
Hermodur to the underworld.
He came back with the message that Balder could only return if all things in the world, wept for him. Loki didn't weep!!