Here we are once again, with me telling you that since there isn’t much remaining lore, there isn’t much to discuss here.
However, here I would just like to talk briefly about this imagery of Him being so good, so pure, and in Snorri’s version, very boring and flat as a whole Person. I realize it is just a snippet of Who He is, but it seems many think that this is all there is to Him. In this story, He doesn’t even do anything about the fact He knows His death is coming, and the story isn’t actually focused on Him at all, it’s what Others do about His impending doom than Him trying to stop it.
I feel like this very laid back and frankly kind of incapable image of a God is quite a disservice to Who He is. It seems that most opinions out there paint Him as that very Christ-like figure. I have no issues with Christ, I often say He was basically a hippy, and all about the love. However, that’s not Who Baldr is. I also feel that most people tend to ignore Saxo’s version of Him simply because of the obvious disdain with which Saxo treated the Northern Gods.
As I said yesterday, I very much feel we need to combine the two aspects we see of Him in Snorri’s and Saxo’s version, and then realize as well that that’s all we have remaining of Baldr, that there is so much MORE to Him. And even if there was an incredible amount of lore about Him, as there is of His Father, even then, there would be infinitely more that we simply have not seen through our stories, infinitely more that current polytheists are only now seeing, as just like us, the Gods also grow and change over time.