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You have stumbled upon the part of my Hall that is dedicated to storing primary resources for the Norse God Baldr (ON: Baldr; often spelled as Baldur or Balder)! Here you shall find links to useful texts, as well as information to the relative chapters and passages that concern him. These resources are meant for research, but are also suitable for more casual learners. I shall not provide a summary of who he is (and was), but rather will allow the texts to speak for themselves. So please do rummage around, my good friend; there is much to be found here!
- (#) indicates a reference not by name (indirect).
- […] provides additional information about a given reference.
- # indicates a reference that may be of particular interest (Fjorn’s Recommendations).
- ff. indicates that Baldr is consistently present throughout the rest of that reference.
- For verses: stanza#.line#
IMPORTANT: This page is NOT complete. The nature of this page is such that it will frequently be updated with new resources and references as they become known or available.
In accordance with Anthony Faulkes’ translation:
- 4 [equated to the Anglo-Saxon Beldegg]
- 18 [a brisk reference to Baldr’s horse]
- 23 [a summary of Baldr]
- 26 [concerning Baldr’s son with Nanna, Forseti]
- 48-51 [the story of Baldr’s death]
- 56 [regarding Baldr’s return]
- 61 [a brief comment regarding Baldr’s looks]
- (66) [in a kenning for ‘man’]
- (68) [in a verse pertaining to Baldr’s funeral]
- 74-7 [kennings for Baldr, as well as kennings for others through Baldr]
- 80 [in a kenning for Thor]
- 86 [in a kenning for Frigg]
- 113 [in an excerpt from the Lay of Bjarki]
- (134) [as Host-Baldr]
- 156-7 [listed among the Æsir]
- 193 [in a kenning for warrior]
In accordance with Carolyne Larrington’s translation:
- Vǫluspá (The Prophecy of the Seeress):
- 32.1 [Baldr’s fate]
- 33.3 [Baldr’s death]
- 34.2 [Baldr’s funeral]
- 59.2,3 [Baldr’s return]
- Grímnismál (The Lay of Grimnir):
- 12.1 [Baldr’s abode]
- Lokasenna (The Flyting of Loki):
- 27.2 [Frigg refers to Baldr’s strength]
- 28.4 [Loki refers to Baldr’s death]
- Baldrs draumar (Baldr’s Dreams):
- 1.4 [the gods gather to discuss Baldr’s dreams]
- 7.1 [the seeress tells Odin that mead awaits Baldr in Hel]
- 8.3 [Odin asks who Baldr’s killer will be]
- 9.2 [Odin is told who that will be (Hod)]
- 10.4 [Odin asks who will take vengeance]
- 11.4 [Odin is told who that will be (Vali)]
- Hyndluljóð (The Lay of Hyndla):
- 29.2 [concerns Bladr’s death and vengeance for him]
- 30.1 [referring to Odin]
- Vǫluspá (from Hauksbók):
- 56.2,3 [Baldr’s return]
FORNALDARSÖGUR (Sagas of the Ancient Age)
In accordance with The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, translated by Ben Waggoner:
- Chapter 3 [obscurely in relation to a dream]
- 25.3 [in a kenning for Odin]
HEIMSKRINGLA (Sagas of Kings)
In accordance with Heimskringla I, translated by Alison Finlay and Anthony Faulkes:
- Ynglinga saga (The Saga of the Ynglings):
- Chapter 5 [as a temple priest]
- Hákonar saga góða (The Saga of Hakon the Good):
- Chapter 19 [in a kenning for warrior]
REMEMBER: This page is NOT complete. I have only added what I could from my personal library, but I will be taking time in the future to gather more resources for this page. However, this should be enough to get the project started!