|“||Make no mistake, daughter of Loki. I'm not the ubber-nice god the myths told me to be. I can just be as cruel and vindictive as any other god if I want to. But I don't want that. I want people not to see me as a threat. I want to lead my pantheon through genuine respect, not through schemes and manipulation. I don't want to be like Odin.||„|
Baldr is the god of light, joy, purity, beauty, innocence, peace, and reconciliation. He is the second son of Odin and his mother is Frigg. His wife was Nanna, the daughter of Nep, and their son, the god of justice, was named Forseti.
Baldr had the largest ship ever built, called the Ringhorn, or Hringhorni, which was known as the "greatest of all ships". His hall was known as Breidablik, which means "broad splendour", and according to both the Grímnismál and the Gylfaginning, Breidablik is the fairest of dwellings where nothing evil or unclean can exist.
According to him, he wasn't an incredibly benevolent god like how myths portrayed him to be, but rather, he seemed benevolent because all the other Aesir were "major asshole with an ego the size of Galdhøpiggen" that made even his cruelest acts of wrath appeared as simply pranks in comparison.
Powers and Abilities
Other than his great courage and honor, he is known primarily for his death. It started when he had dreams about his death, which caused his mother, Frigg, to extract an oath from every object on Earth not to harm her son Baldr. All agreed that none of their kind would ever hurt or assist in hurting Baldr, and afterward the other gods used his seeming invincibility to practice throwing knives and shooting arrows at him.
This plan was almost perfect except that she had missed one thing that she had thought too insignificant, the weed mistletoe. The trickster God, Loki, took a disguise and asked Frigg if anything could harm Baldr. Thinking nothing of it, she told him about the mistletoe. Loki immediately left to gather some of the weed and make a dart out of it. At the same time, several of the gods were playing a game with Baldr where they were throwing projectiles at him in an attempt to strike him; however, since all objects had vowed to never harm Baldr, he could not be touched by the gods' attempts.
Loki gave the dart of mistletoe to Baldr's blind twin brother, Hodr, so that he, too, could participate in the game. Not knowing what was in his hand, and having the aid of Loki's aim, he launched the dart into Baldr's chest, killing him on the spot.