Höðr, (Old Norse: Hǫðr [hɔðr]; often anglicized as Hod, Hoder, or Hodur) was the god of winter and the blind son of Odin and Frigg who was tricked by Loki into killing his twin brother Baldr with a dart made of mistletoe, as it was the only thing which could kill him. This was because Baldr's mother, Frigg, made everything in existence swear never to harm Baldr, except for the mistletoe, which she found too unimportant to ask.
There are different and contradictory versions of this story. In one less well known version, Baldr and Höðr are rival kings fighting a naval war. In this version Höðr is not blind and is wholly responsible for Baldr's death. Even in the best known version (from the Icelandic Eddas) there is ambiguity. Why, if Höðr was an unwitting pawn of Loki, is he executed in the name of justice? Is Loki's involvement in the story a later addition?
- Darkness Manipulation
- Winter Manipulation
- Asgard and the Gods by Wagner and MacDowell