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Hodur (HOH-der) is the Norse god of winter and darkness.  He is the blind son of Odin and Baldur's twin brother, therefore he belongs to the newer class of gods known as the Aesir.

The sources do not say why Hodur is blind, but scholars suspect it may simply be a representation of darkness and winter. 
In the previous post, you learned how Hodur was tricked by Loki into killing his brother by shooting him with an arrow made of mistletoe.

As a reaction to the murder, Odin fathered a son, the god of vengeance, Vali (pronounced like the English word valley).  Vali grew to adulthood in one day for the sole purpose of slaying Hodur. 

So Hodur joined Baldur in the underworld, which is ruled by the death goddess, Hel. 

Interestingly, all three of the gods in this tragic story (Baldur, Hodur, and Vali) are among the few predicted to survive Ragnarok (the end of the world).

Next Thor's Day: Sif, goddess of the earth and wife of Thor


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