Campaign of the Month: February 2017
The Aesir god of beauty and light
Baldur is the most cherished son of the Aesir: bright, beautiful, and beloved. He represents all that is good in the world, and everything that brings joy to the hearts of men or gods, the bright, beautiful and shining light that lifts his companions’ souls. He is renowned as the bravest warrior of the Aesir, equally at home leading troops into battle or wading in himself, sword in hand. That he is fated to die at Ragnarok is the the onset of Ragnarok is the greatest tragedy of the Aesir, and they treat him with the utmost kindness and respect until that day; to know Baldur is to love Baldur, regardless of his eventual unhappy fate.
Baldur, Hod, and Nanna
The brothers Baldur and Hod both fell in love with Nanna, a goddess of surpassing beauty and sweetness. Both vied for her love, even to the point of violence; they met on the field of battle, but Hod could not bear to injure his brother and instead fled with Nanna. Baldur, unable to let them go, pursued them across all the fields of Asgard and eventually cornered them, demanding that Nanna choose between the two. What might have happened to sway her no one knows, but Nanna chose Baldur and became his wife, leaving Hod forever tormented by her loss.
The Dream of Baldur
Baldur and his mother, Frigg, dreamed prophetic dreams of times to come. They saw that in the future, the gods would be playing a game of great sport, hurling missiles and objects at Baldur, who could not be hurt by them thanks to his mother’s protective magics. The god Loki, they saw, would give Hod, Baldur’s blind brother, mistletoe, the only thing in earth or the heavens that could hurt Baldur; Hod would accidentally murder his brother by striking him with it, an event that signals the beginning of Ragnarok and the doom and mourning of all the Aesir. Though Baldur and Frigg related this dream to Odin and the other Aesir, they could find no way to avoid seeing it come to fruition. When Baldur dies, it is also foreseen that Hod will be killed in vengeance and that Nanna will die of grief; once Baldur is imprisoned in Hel, the gods will attempt to free him and send Hermod as a messenger to do so, but Loki will once again thwart them, refusing to weep for Baldur and violating Hel’s stipulation that he will only be released if every being in creation does so.
Despite Baldur’s dream and its awful portents, there is a ray of hope; it is foretold that once the mighty battle of Ragnarok has ended and the Aesir have been all but destroyed, Baldur will return from the dead with Hod and Nanna, and will help to rebuild the world and his pantheon anew.