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The myth of Loki and the deadly mistletoe - Iseult Gillespie


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Baldur was the gentlest and most beloved being in all of Asgard. But lately, he had been plagued by gruesome visions foretelling his own imminent death. Determined to protect her son from these grim prophecies, Queen Frigg travelled across the nine realms, begging all living things not to harm Baldur— all living things except one. Iseult Gillespie shares the myth of the death of Baldur.

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The death of Baldur is an epic and highly detailed quest that foreshadows the fall of the Norse gods. For longer versions of the story, click here and here. Baldur’s death is a tragedy because he is one of the kindest and most beloved Gods – you can read more about him on this page. You can also access an inventory of the Norse Gods here.

After foreseeing scenes of his own death, Baldur’s mother Frigg attempts to save him – but they are all thwarted by the adversary Loki.

Loki has many dastardly traits, including the ability to change form and a bottomless desire for strife, that makes him a God that audiences often love to hate. In the Death of Baldur, he is a figure of pure evil – however, other Norse myths highlight his resourcefulness and cunning. For another tale of Loki’s tricks, watch TED-Ed’s “The myth of Loki and the master builder.” You can view other TED-Ed animations of Norse mythology here and here.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Iseult Gillespie
  • Director WOW-HOW Studio
  • Narrator Susan Zimmerman
  • Storyboard Artist Veronica Horban
  • Animator Ilya Tkachenko
  • Art Director Kseniya Meleshchuk
  • WOW-HOW Studio Producer Tatyana Savranenko
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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