12_2 Baldr 1 - Term paper New submission date April 27...

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Term paper New submission date: April 27
Topics Gender issues: 11 Reception: 10 Loki: 9 Giants: 7 Comparative: 6 Ragnarǫk: 3
Baldr Death
A four part myth 1. Death 2. Funeral 3. Attempt at retrieval 4. Revenge + 5 (?) Reconciliation after Ragnarǫk
Sources for (parts of) the Baldr myth Húsdrápa- ca. 980 – funeral The prophecy of the seeress – death and revenge Baldr’s dreams– death and revenge Loki’s quarrel st 28 – Loki claims responsibility for preventing the return of Baldr Saxo Grammaticus – many elements, different story, no Loki – Baldracts Snorri’s Edda- all parts - Loki responsible [? Beowulf ll. 2434–2443 – Death, no Loki]
Etymologies Baldr: white, Lord (cf. OE bealdor) or bold Hǫðr: Warrior, fighter
Presentation of Baldr/Balderus Gylfaginning O’s second son is B. There is good to be told of him. He is best and all praise him. He is so fair in appearance and so bright that light shines of him … He is the wisest of the Æsir and the most beautifully spoken and most merciful, but it is one of his characteristics that none of his decisions can be fulfilled. He lives in a place called Breidablik. This is in heaven. No unclean thing is permitted there, as it says here: It is called Breidablik where Baldr has made himself a dwelling, in that land where I know to be fewest evil intents.
Presentation of Baldr/Balderus Gylfaginning O’s second son is B. There is good to be told of him. He is best and all praise him. He is so fair in appearance and so bright that light shines of him … He is the wisest of the Æsir and the most beautifully spoken and most merciful, but it is one of his characteristics that none of his decisions can be fulfilled. He lives in a place called Breidablik. This is in heaven. No unclean thing is permitted there, as it says here: It is called Breidablik where Baldr has made himself a dwelling, in that land where I know to be fewest evil intents.

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