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.
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.
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. ^^
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.