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Although details are vague, Balder may have been the god of justice, peace, forgiveness, light, or purity, as his name suggests etymological connections with the word link him with such qualities.

In the legends, Balder's mother and he dream that he will die.

Tolkien's argument was basically that, while it was historically certain that analogues to the Christ-tale preexisted (and may have influenced) the accounts in the gospels, God took the human myths and made them literally real in the story of Christ, i.e, that the older myths were symptomatic of human desires for forgiveness, grace, and wondrous resurrection, and that God took the human stories, with their archetypes, symbols, and wish fulfillment, and designed his plan for salvation as a literal enactment of these older myths, finally giving us what humans had always sought in the pagan legends.

The story of Christ's death and resurrection seemed merely an echo of hundreds of similar myths compiled in James Frazer's .

During their lamentation, the father-god Odin sends the messenger-god Hermod to ask the goddess Hel (keeper of the souls of the dead in Niffleheim) to release Balder back to the Aesir.

I asked him to go and get himself tested, and so he did.Shocked, the rest of the gods, animals, and inanimate objects all take vows not to harm Balder--with the exception of two beings--the evil god Loki and the lowly mistletoe plant, which was still too young to make legally-binding vows.