Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Baldur in Hel by A-gnosis Baldur in Hel by A-gnosis
:iconwriter212: asked me to draw the god Baldur (or Baldr or Balder) from Norse mythology.

Baldur was the son of Odin, the king of the gods, and his queen Frigg. He was the wisest and most gracious of the gods and is described as so fair and bright that light shines from him. In Gylfaginning it is said that: "A certain herb is so white that it is likened to Baldr's brow; of all grasses it is whitest, and by it thou mayest judge his fairness, both in hair and in body". In Sweden that flower is called Baldersbrå ("Baldr's brow") and that is why I let him wear a wreath of those flowers.

Despite Baldur's splendid qualities, his only function in the Norse mythology is to die. He was killed by a spear or an arrow made by a mistletoe, the only thing on earth who hadn't vowed never to hurt Baldur. His mother Frigg didn't bother to ask the mistletoe to make the vow, since the plant seemed so harmless. When Loki, the mischief-maker, heard about this, he made a spear of the mistletoe and tricked the blind god Höder to throw it at Baldur. And so Baldur died and descended to Hel, the Norse underworld ruled by the goddess who was also named Hel. He would only be allowed to return if everything in the world wept for him. Loki refused to do so and Baldur had to remain in Hel. It was said, though, that after Ragnarök Balder would return from the dead and rule over the new earth.

The danish cartoonist Peter Madsen made a new twist to this story in Balladen om Balder ("The Ballad of Baldr"). In his version Baldur and the lonely Hel become a couple, which I thought was just brilliant (yeah, you know I would love that). I think there may be something like that going on in my drawing as well. :)
Add a Comment:
 
:iconisnorden:
isnorden Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017
Aweome job!
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017
Thank you!
Reply
:iconladyblackbird13:
ladyblackbird13 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, that's cute!
Hel: Oh, fancy that! An Aesir in my halls! *thinks this is her lucky day*
Baldr: :iconcrazyblushplz:

But isn't Baldr considered to be a god of light, goodness, etc.?
Reply
:iconthenerdytimes:
TheNerdytimes Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2017
Don't quote me on this, but isn't the singular form Ása?
Reply
:iconladyblackbird13:
ladyblackbird13 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I wasn't sure, because I don't really know how they're called in Englisch. In German we say "Ase" (singular) and "Asen" (plural). ^^;
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
He is often interpreted to be that, yes. But I don't think that the sources we have left ever say explicitly what his function was.
Reply
:iconladyblackbird13:
ladyblackbird13 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it doesn't matter anyway, 'cuz Hel has received the best present ever! ^^
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
Yes, she got the best of the Aesir. ^^
Reply
:iconladyblackbird13:
ladyblackbird13 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The fairest, purest, most innocent, cutest little...sorry, I'm getting carried away. ^^;
Reply
:icon3892:
3892 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
According to the Prose Edda, Baldur's wife Nanna died of grief after his death and was placed on the funeral pyre beside him, and the two are reunited in Helheim. Which means...POLYAMORY!

Though I don't know how loving a Hel could be if she's willing to give her now psychotic father a ship made from dead men's finger nails filled with an army of the dead to destroy the world.
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Oh, yes! That could get really interesting...

Yeah, Hel isn't exactly depicted as a nice lady. I have this story in my head where Loki kills Baldur to take revenge on Odin, since he never could forgive him for taking his daughter away from him and banishing her in the Underworld. And Hel would at first be very pleased to have Odin's most beloved son at her mercy, but she would soon realize that Baldur is very different from his father. And eventually his warm and kind personality would make her fall in love with him. ^^
Reply
:icon3892:
3892 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
But that didn't stop her from helping her dad and brothers KILL the gods and DESTROY THE WORLD! Okay it was Surtr that ends up destroying the world with his flaming sword of doom, but still...
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Yes, but I've got the impression that that was a fate that couldn't be avoided. The world was destined to be destroyed and then reborn.
Reply
:iconloveseaforlife:
LoveSeaForLife Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
i like this picture. pose too. peter madsen's story of baldur and hel sounded like interesting.
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Thanks! Yes, to make Hel and Baldur a couple is a really interesting idea. Unfortunately, their love story is not the main theme of Madsen's comic. It's more about Baldur's brother Höder.
Reply
:iconloveseaforlife:
LoveSeaForLife Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Damn it. Then I will beg  peter for writing more about LOVE story of Baldur and Hel.
Reply
:iconthefirecircleyagna:
TheFireCircleYagna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty Baldur is blushing :flirty:
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
He just met the love of his life...er, death. ^^
Reply
:iconthefirecircleyagna:
TheFireCircleYagna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor kid :lol:
Reply
:iconhotcheetolovenh:
HotCheetoLoveNH Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
IT'S LIKE A GENDERBENT VERSION OF HADES AND PERSEPHONE
Reply
:iconthefirecircleyagna:
TheFireCircleYagna Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought of that but it is! And Loki-chained-to-a-rock is like Prometheus!
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Exactly!
Reply
:iconthemrys:
Themrys Featured By Owner Edited Dec 22, 2014
Aww, he is adorable. Also, I like the dress Hel wears. It looks like typical Norse dress, but in black and with that tiny skull. (I mean, you know this of course, but I think there is something inherently funny about taking something so normal and then adding those details to signify she is Hel)
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Thank you! Yes, I understand what you mean. To add that tiny skull to her dress makes a big difference.
Reply
:iconbbb35:
bbb35 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014

Awesome!! :iconepicclapplz:


Cool, bright Balder bringing ligth adn love to hel's sad existence in a piss-pot of a world. I MENA RIVERS FO BROKEN GLASS AND URINE!? Blech!!


But I like her, hmmmmm. Think I could ask you and get a picture drawn too?


I've commissioned my frined to draw Skadi and Njord on their Honeymoon. And I've got a obsession of expanding on the Odd Couple.

Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :heart:

I think I could do that, as long as it isn't something too advanced. What would you like me to draw?
Reply
:iconbbb35:
bbb35 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014

Hmmm. Have you drawn Dionysus?

I wondered if you'd draw him, and my OC Vanessa fav.me/d48wrsq on left.

Him spilling wine of her arm and licking it off.

***********

Vanessa: You can't fool me, you invented wine, there's NO way your THIS drunk. (Dio pulls back looking ashamed) I DIDN'T Say 'Stop!' (He gleefully resumes)


******************************

Too advanced?

Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Yes, I've drawn Dionysus. He likes to dress in women's clothes and looks something like this: a-gnosis.deviantart.com/art/Pr…

If you think that your OC would like him, then I can draw them together. :)
Reply
:iconbbb35:
bbb35 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014

Yay!!!

Only cause Apollo hasn't shown up, and I had a MAJOR crush on him, (Crazy, No?). So, V, is just flirting it up with Dionysus. Casual "lovers" and they wear each others clothing....like girlfriends. XP


Could you draw her in something Blue? Even thou her eyes are Violet, I see her in Blue....and I Love how you draw those clothes so Authentic.

Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
That sounds cute. I assume it's before his marriage to Ariadne then (or maybe he and Ariadne have a quite open marriage, I don't know actually)...

Something blue. Right. Other than that, should I use the drawing you linked to above as reference for her?
Reply
:iconbbb35:
bbb35 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014

Yes, also, she has a tattoo of a purple butterfly on her left breast. Just little input, but yeah.

And yes, it's before Ariadne. She was the one who pointed him in the direction of Ariadne.

Dionysus: Maybe now I can learn to make love to a woman without getting hammered...

Vanessa: Well, you WERE torn to pieces shortly after being born, your bound to have SOME issues, Darling. But I think we've worked them out...

**********

Vanessa and Ariadne have the Big Sister, little sister thing going on, since Ariadne lost her sibling and family's due to Theseus.


Reply
:iconatanapotnia:
Atanapotnia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Love it!
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
:D
Reply
:iconinjin:
Injin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

That's a really good take on Hel. I like that she's clearly not human, or even much like the gods, but that she still has a kind of warmth. I don't really know why, her pose just makes me think that she's about to scold Balder for being too skinny and then cook him some soup.

And I loved the ending in Balladen om Balder. It was adorable. :)

Reply
:iconthefirecircleyagna:
TheFireCircleYagna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: for being too skinny... yes, he's delicate looking, too delicate and charming. Enough to be mistaken with a liojálfár, specially for his gleam.
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thanks! It was actually a bit difficult for me to draw them both, since I'm so used with Madsen's versions of the Norse gods. Loki is the only one that I've always imagined to look different than the Valhalla version.

Haha! Hel's pose was supposed to show that she has higher status (after all, she's the ruler of this place and the dead Baldur is now her subject), so your idea wasn't completely wrong. :)
Reply
:iconinjin:
Injin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to see your take on Loki now. :)
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Loki will definitely be the next Norse god that I'm going to draw. :D
Reply
:iconthefirecircleyagna:
TheFireCircleYagna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
Reply
:icondarklunarangel:
DarkLunarangel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Whoa, dude. Nice job on Baldur's glowing aura of purity.
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thank you! I'm not that good at digital colouring, but I think I did this quite well.
Reply
:iconmadame-enfer:
Madame-Enfer Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I love Hel's expression. I find it really touching and poignant. That comic sounds interesting! Is it in English at all?
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Thank you! ^^

Unfortunately it seems like The Ballad of Balder only has been translated to Swedish and Norwegian. The only thing I've found is a bit of information about the comic in English: www.petermadsen.info/pages/vh/…
Reply
:iconslipgunk:
slipgunk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Hey, didn´t expect scandinavian myths to pop up! Hel looks really cool... 
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Thanks!
The Greek mythology comics take most of my time, but one other reason why I hardly haven't drawn any Norse mythology is that I'm so used to Madsen's versions of the gods. I think that Loki is the only one that I've always imagined looking different than Madsen's version.
Reply
:iconunionrox006:
unionrox006 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I would love to see a drawing of Loki from you. Maybe both Loki and Hermes, the two mischief gods. I like your interpretation of Baldur too though!
Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I really must draw Loki some day.
Oho, Hermes and Loki... Yeah, I bet they could have a lot of fun together. Almost makes me scared thinking about it. XD
Reply
:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013

Well, they should make an interesting couple, though according to some versions Baldr was married, this is an interesting and nice drawing and I have really enjoyed it.

 

PS: The herb German chamomile was called Baldr's brow by the Nose. Neat.

Reply
:icona-gnosis:
A-gnosis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Thank you! :D Yes, according to some versions Baldr was married to the goddess Nanna and sometimes she was said to have descended to Hel together with him, since she died of grief after her husband's death.

Yep. And I didn't learn until quite recently that the name actually had something to do with Baldr, though it should have been obvious.
Reply
:iconwriter212:
writer212 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
*FREAKING OUT* This is BEAUTIFUL I LOVE IT SO MUCH THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! 
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
September 30, 2013
Image Size
187 KB
Resolution
900×1264
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
4,038
Favourites
78 (who?)
Comments
66
×