The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology: An A - Z Guide to the Myths and Legends of the Ancient World
The myths and legends of the ancient worlds, from Greece, Rome and Egypt to the Norse and Celtic lands, through Persia and India to China and the Far East. A comprehensive A to Z of the classic stories of gods and goddesses, heroes and mythical beasts, wizards and warriors.
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BALDER, sometimes Baldr or Baldur, was the son of ODIN and FRIGG and the "
bleeding god'' of Germanic mythology His wife was Nanna and their son,
FORSETl, was the god of justice. As a young man, Balder was tormented by night
- mares ...
In the netherworld the brave Hermod found his brother Balder seated in a high
position. When he asked for his release, Hel said Balder could leave only on
condition that "everything in the nine worlds, dead and alive, wept for him".
Once there, however, her powers were stronger than Odin's, for when Odin's son
BALDER was killed Hel refused to return him to his parents. ... Hermod leaps
bravely into misty Hel on his vain mission to seek Balder's release from death.
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Comprehensive reference guide to world mythology with sections on classical world, norse lands, south and central asia, egypt and west asia, celtic world, east asia. Entries are made in A-Z format within each main section with lots of full colour illustrations and photos. Read full review