Anglo-Saxon God of
- Bealdor was the Anglo-Saxon
god of Light. He was the son of Woden
- 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,