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Höðr

Also Known As: "Hödr", "Hödur", "Hodur", "Hoder", "Hod"
Birthplace: Asgard
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Cause of death: killed by Odin's son Vali
Immediate Family:

Son of Odin and Frigg
Brother of Baldur and Hermod
Half brother of Skjöld, King of Denmark; Bragi; Yngvi Odinsson, King of Sweden; Sigrlami Odinsson, King of Gardariki; Winta Odinsson, King of Lindsey and 16 others

Occupation: God of darkness and winter
Managed by: Gábor Balogh
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About Höðr

Hod

by Micha F. Lindemans

The blind god of darkness and winter, the son of Odin and Frigg. When the gods enjoyed themselves by using his brother Balder as a target, Hod unintentionally killed him by throwing a fig made of mistletoe, the only object that could harm Balder. Hod was put to death for this deed by Vali, Odin's youngest son who was born for revenge. However, after the destruction of the cosmos when a new world is build, Hod will be reborn.


Höðr (often anglicized as Hod) is the brother of Baldr in Norse mythology. Guided by Loki he shot the mistletoe missile which was to slay the otherwise invulnerable Baldr.

According to the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda the goddess Frigg made everything in existence swear never to harm Baldr, except for the mistletoe which she found too young to demand an oath from. The gods amused themselves by trying weapons on Baldr and seeing them fail to do any harm. Loki, upon finding out about Baldr's one weakness, made a missile from mistletoe, and helped Höðr shoot it at Baldr. After this Odin and the giantess Rindr gave birth to Váli who grew to adulthood within a day and slew Höðr.

The Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus recorded an alternative version of this myth in his Gesta Danorum. In this version the mortal hero Høtherus and the demi-god Balderus compete for the hand of Nanna. Ultimately Høtherus slays Balderus.

The blind god of darkness and winter, the son of Odin and Frigg. When the gods enjoyed themselves by using his brother Balder as a target, Hod unintentionally killed him by throwing a fig made of mistletoe, the only object that could harm Balder. Hod was put to death for this deed by Vali, Odin's youngest son who was born for revenge. However, after the destruction of the cosmos when a new world is build, Hod will be reborn

Om Höðr (Norsk)

Hod «kriger» Sønn av Odin og Frigg,

Hod var i den norrøne mytologien den blinde broren til Balder. Loke lokket og lurte Hod til å skyte på Balder med en pil av misteltein. Mistelteinen var den eneste av jordens skapninger som ikke hadde lovet å ikke skade Balder fordi Frigg, Balders mor, mente den var for ung og ubetydelig Denne fortellingen kan man lese om i Balders død som er et av sagnene i norrøn mytologi.

Ifølge Voluspå skal Hod og Balder bo sammen etter Ragnarok, verdens undergang, når en ny verden stiger opp av havet og Balder vender tilbake

https://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hod

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