I’ve recently come across a few webpages that have mentioned a different tale of Baldr’s death. The one I’m personally most familiar with is the one where Loki is once again painted as a villain and sends a mistletoe tipped dart directly at His nephew, thus ending Baldr’s life.
But these posts have given me things to ponder. In the Christian religion, God sacrificed His only son, Jesus, for us humans. I am not saying that Christianity stole mythos from other lands, but, what if that story was around since before the time of Christ? What if that is actually the story of Odin and Baldr?
Both Beth and Loki’s Bruid present the case for Baldr’s death being a sacrifice of the sacred Kingship in His father’s stead. I can very much get behind this take on it. Loki, to me, is not a villain. Nor is he just a trickster, though that is definitely a side of Him that shouldn’t be forgotten about. But let’s not forget that Baldr is His nephew. Loki may be many things, but it’s hard for me to believe He would maliciously murder His own nephew. Especially when that nephew is Odin’s son. Loki and Odin are pretty good friends (aside from the fact that They are blood brothers).
Heather (Loki’s Bruid) gave me a different way to think about Baldr
when she presented her story of His death and the events surrounding it. I had never considered before that perhaps Baldr willingly made the sacrifice, or that the entire thing was set up by Loki and Odin as a way to make the sacrifice without sacrificing Odin Himself. But this rings true to me. This version–the one in which Baldr is a sacrifice and not just murdered in a joke–is the one that makes the most sense to me, and matches up in my mind with the personalities of the Gods.
I’m a writer, and I view everything through a writer’s filter. Loki does many things, and pits God against God a few times, but it always felt a little out of character for Loki to be a murderer. But if you put that “murder” in the context of Loki doing a deed that needed to be done, and it rings far more true to me.