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Bealdor
Anglo-Saxon God of Light.
 

Bealdor, Anglo-Saxon God of Light -  Nash Ford Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Bealdor was the Anglo-Saxon god of Light. He was the son of Woden and Frige.
  • He does not appear in Anglo-Saxon literature. However, one poem about the death of Jesus uses such similar wording to a Viking  poem about the death of Bealdor that historians think the Anglo-Saxons must have known about him.
  • This is his story:
    • Bealdor dreamt of his own death. So his mother told everything in the World that it must swear never to harm him.
    • But she didn't ask the mistletoe because she thought it was not important enough.
    • The gods' favourite game was throwing things at Bealdor. They would just bounce off.
    • Loki, the god of cunning and deceit, made a spear out of mistletoe wood and gave it to Bealdor's blind brother to throw at him.
    • Bealdor was killed and had to go and live in the after-life, ruled over by Hell.
    • Hell promised to return Bealdor if everyone in the World wept for him.
    • Everyone did except for a giantess which turned out to be Loki in disguise. So Bealdor was unable to return to his family.
  • It is possible that some places in England may be named after Bealdor. Use a map. Look for places beginning with the words Bil or Bel. Although these may be named after the Celtic god, Beli.

 

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