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Balda's Bough of Mistletoe
Balda

Origin

Owned by Balda, given to him by Frigga

Type

Mistletoe bough/charm

Effects

Hanging the bough in a limited area, like a room or fenced in pasture, prevents all threats from entering the 'room', as well as preventing animosity to be acted on within, maintaining a peaceful and cheery atmosphere.

Downsides

N/A

Activation

Wearing, hanging in an enclosed space

Collected by

Scalec

Section

Aisle of Noel

Aisle

4392-102

Shelf

N/A (Hung over the center of the section)

Date of Collection

1-26-13

[Source]


OriginEdit

BaldaEdit

Baldr (also Balder, Baldur, Balda) is a god in Norse mythology.

In the 12th century, Danish accounts by Saxo Grammaticus and other Danish Latin chroniclers recorded a euhemerized account of his story. Compiled in Iceland in the 13th century, but based on much older Old Norse poetry, the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda contain numerous references to the death of Baldr as both a great tragedy to the Æsir and a harbinger of Ragnarök.

According to Gylfaginning, a book of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, Baldr's wife is Nanna and their son is Forseti. In Gylfaginning, Snorri relates that Baldr had the greatest ship ever built, named Hringhorni, and that there is no place more beautiful than his hall, Breidablik.

FriggaEdit

Frigg (sometimes anglicized as Frigga) is a major goddess in Norse paganism, a subset of Germanic paganism. She is said to be the wife of Odin, and is the "foremost among the goddesses" and the queen of Asgard. Frigg appears primarily in Norse mythological stories as a wife and a mother. She is also described as having the power of prophecy yet she does not reveal what she knows. Frigg is described as the only one other than Odin who is permitted to sit on his high seat Hlidskjalf and look out over the universe. The English term Friday derives from the Anglo-Saxon name for Frigg, Frige.

Frigg is the mother of Baldr. Her stepchildren are Thor, Hermóðr, Heimdallr, Týr, Bragi, Víðarr, Váli, Skjöldur, and Höðr. Frigg's companion is Eir, a goddess associated with medical skills. Frigg's attendants are Hlín, Gná, and Fulla.

In the Poetic Edda poem Lokasenna 26, Frigg is said to be Fjörgyns mær ("Fjörgynn's maiden"). The problem is that in Old Norse mær means both "daughter" and "wife," so it is not fully clear if Fjörgynn is Frigg's father or another name for her husband Odin, but Snorri Sturluson interprets the line as meaning Frigg is Fjörgynn's daughter (Skáldskaparmál 27), and most modern translators of the Poetic Edda follow Snorri. The original meaning of fjörgynn was the earth, cf. feminine version Fjorgyn, a byname for Jörð, the earth. The other piece of evidence lies with the goddess Fjorgyn, who is the mother of Thor, and whose name can be translated into Earth. Since Fjorgyn is not only the name of a goddess, but the feminine byname for Earth, it is relatively safe to assume that "mær", in this case, means "daughter".

EffectsEdit

Unlike the rather...strong...sample of mistletoe that Agent Donovan placed in Agent Neilson's office, this particular mistletoe doesn't make people kiss, necessarily. Long ago the Norse god Balda was given a charm by his mother Friga, which would protect him from the elements, a charm comprised of mistletoe. However, since mistletoe grew not from the air, fire, water, or earth, but instead from trees, it was not something that Balda could be protected of, and he subsequently was killed by a mistletoe arrow. However, the charm still exists, and is still working. Wearing the charm offers the same protection it offered Balda, but with a few added bonuses if hung. Hanging the bough in a limited area, like a room or fenced in pasture, prevents all threats from entering the 'room', as well as preventing animosity to be acted on within, maintaining a peaceful and cheery atmosphere.

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