Baldr (also Balder, Baldur) is a god of light and purity in Norse mythology, and a son of the god Odin and the goddess Frigga. He has numerous brothers, such as Thor, Váli and Hodr.
He was loved by both gods and men and was considered to be the best of the gods. He had a good character, was friendly, wise and eloquent, although he had little power.
Most of the stories about Balder concern his death. He had been dreaming about his death, so Frigga extracted an oath from every creature, object and force in nature, that they would never harm Balder. The malicious trickster, Loki, who was jealous of Balder, changed his appearance and asked Frigga if there was absolutely nothing that could harm the god of light. Frigga, suspecting nothing, answered that there was just one thing: a small tree in the west that was called mistletoe. Loki immediately left for the west and returned with the mistletoe. He tricked Balder’s blind twin brother Hodr into throwing a mistletoe fig (dart) at Balder. Not knowing what he did, Hodr threw the fig, guided by Loki’s aim. Pierced through the heart, Balder fell dead. (picture)