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Bafur – A soil-dwelling Dwarf.Balder, Baldr, Baldur (bal-der) – (“The Bright One”) Æsir son of Odin and Frigga, who was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe shot by the blind God Hodor (who was tricked by Loki) and resurrected. His wife is Nanna, his son, Forseti. Known as the Shining God; the Bleeding God. Sacred wells sprang from the hoof marks of his horse. He represents light, advice, reconciliation, beauty, gentleness, reincarnation, wisdom, harmony, happiness. Balder will return from Helheim after Ragnarok and will rule as one of the new Gods. 

Balder’s Bane – A kenning for Mistletoe, which was the the sole entity that did not swear to never harm Balder. Loki tricked the god Hodur into shooting Balder with an arrow made of Mistletoe, causing Balder’s death. 

Bale – Poison. 

Baleyg – (“Flame-eyed One”) Another name for Odin. 

Bane – Slayer. 

Bane of branches – A kenning for fire. 

Bane of Shields – A kenning for the sword Tyrfing. 

Bara – (‘Big Wave’) One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge. 

Bari – A Dwarf that was instrumental in the building of Mengloth’s hall, Lyr . 

Barri Woods – (“The Leafy”) A peaceful place known to Freyr and others where Gerd was to meet Freyr for marrage. 

Barrow-mound – Burial mounds where the dead were placed. 

Baugi – (“The Stooping”) An Etin Giant, Suttung’s brother and son of Gilling. Odin, disguised as Bölverk, tried to get some of the Mead of Poetry by working at Baugi’s farm. The name After Odin had spent all year working for Baugi, he took him to Suttung, but Suttung denied Odin (as Bölverk) any Mead. Baugi then took Odin to the mountain of the mead and bored a small hole, with Rati, his auger. It was just big enough for Odin, in the shape of a snake, to enter. Having second thoughts, Baugi tried to stab Odin as he slithered through, but he was too late. Later Bölverk seduced Gunnlöd and stole the Mead of Poetry. 

Bearers of Fate – These are the entities who are attached to an individual and carry that individual’s fate (ON ørlög), thus influencing his or her life and actions. Entities that belong to this group include the fetch (ON fylgja) and the lesser Norns (ON nornir), as well as in certain instances Valkyries (ON Valkÿrjur) and Dises (ON Disir). 

Beli – (“Moaning”) Gymir’s and Aurboda’s son and brother to Freyr’s wife, Gerd. He is the leader of the barking Giants. Freyr was unarmed when he and Beli fought at Ragnarok, but Freyr killed him with a stag antler. 

Beli’s Bane – A kenning for Freyr, who killed the Giant Beli. 

Belt of Strength – The god Thor’s magical belt which can double his strength. 

Beowulf – An Anglo-Saxon hero, noted for fighting the Grendl monster; an epic poem of the same name. 

Berchta, Perchta – A Germanic Goddess, wanders through the fields during Yuletide bringing them fertility and also causing harm. She has bulging eyes, wrinkles and tangled hair. 

Bergelmir [pronounced “Bare-ghel-mere”] – The Deluge Giant Bergelmir is Thrudgelmir’s son and Ymir’s grandson. He and his wife were the only two Giants to survive the flood of Ymir’s blood. In that way he kept the Giant race from dying. He is called Father of all Giants. 

Berling – Berling forged the Love Goddess Freya’s Brising necklace together with the Dwarves Alfrik, Dvalin and Grer. The payment was that she spent one night with each of them. He is a Dwarf son of Ivaldi . 

Berserkers – (“Bear Shirts”) Men who could turn themselves into bears (like werewolves) in battle. They were seized with an uncontrollable madness for bloodshed. 

Bestla – (“The little sauna woman”)The Frost Giantess Bestla married Buri’s son, Bor, and gave birth to the three Gods; Odin, Vili and Ve. She is daughter to Bolthorn and Ymir, and sister to Mimir. 

Beyla – (“Bee”) Beyla is Freyr’s servant. She is married to Byggvir and they live together with Freyr and Gerd on the farm Alfheim. Her major task there is to milk the cows.  

Biflidd, Biflindi – (“Spear-shaker”) Another name for Odin. 

Bifrost – [pronounced “beye-vrurst”] The rainbow bridge from earth to heaven, guarded by Heimdall. It is a bridge that only the gods can cross. It is covered with flames to stop the frost ogres and cliff giants from scaling heaven. It will break when the sons of Muspell ride out over at Ragnarok. 

Bifur – A soil-dwelling Dwarf. 

Bil & Hjuki – The Moon-God, Nepur, took these children from Byrgir Well while they carried mead from the well with Sœg (“Tub”) & Simul (“Carrying- pole”). They followed the moon on its way until their father, Ivaldi, battled with Nepur and reclaimed them. Bil later becomes Saga. Idun is their sister. 

Bileyg – (“One whose eye deceives him, i.e. one-eyed”) Another name for Odin. 

Billing – (“Twin”) 1) Elf of the twilight or west. 2) The Giant Billing is the master of the Vanirs. He is Gilling’s brother, Rind’s father and Vali’s grandfather. His warriors protects Sol and Mane. 

Bilskirnir – [pronounced Bill-skier-near] – (“Lightning”) Thor’s hall at Thurdvang. It is the biggest building ever built, with six hundred and forty floors. 

Birdwood – Where the red cockerel All-Knower comes from, perhaps a by-name of Yggdrasil. 

Bjart – (“Shining One’) One of the Love-Goddess Freya’s eight sisters. The God of storm and fishing, Njord is her father. The fertility God Freyr is her brother. 

Blid – (“The one who is mild’) Blid is one of the Love-Goddess Freya’s eight sisters. The God of storm and fishing, Njord is her father. The fertility God Freyr is her brother. 

Blodighofi – (“The one with blood on the hoofs”) Blodighofi is Freyr’s horse, which was given to Skirnir, when he rode to Jotunheim to get Gerd for him. The horse wasn’t afraid of either fire or smoke. 

Boar – An animal sacred to Freyr. His boar, Gullinbursti, has golden bristles. 

Bodn – One of three bowls used by the dwarves Fjalar and Galar when they were making Kvæsir’s blood into the Mead of Poetry. 

Blodughadda – (“With blood in the hair”) One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall. the guardian of the Bifrost bridge. 

Boe – In Saxo’s account of the Baldr story, the son of Rind is called Boe instead of Vali. 

Bolthorn – (“Evil Thorn”) Odin’s grandfather, a Giant. Bolthorn is father to Bestla, Bor’s wife and mother of Odin, Vili and Ve. He is also the father of Mimer. 

Bolverk (Boll-verk) – The Giant disguise used by Odin to get the Mead of Poetry. 

Bombor – Soil dwelling Dwarf. 

Bor, Borr – (“The Son”) A supernatural man, son of Buri, a Giant who was created when the cow Audhumbla licked at a stone. He is married to the Giantess Bestla and is the father of Odin, Vili and Ve. 

Bragi, Brage [pronounced “brah-yih”] – God of poetry, eloquence, and boasting. Son of Odin and Gunnlod; married to Idhuna. He greets new arrivals to Valhalla with songs of their deeds. His virtues are wit, cunning, wisdom, music, writing, the arts. He is the patron of skalds and minstrels. 

Breidablik – (“Broad Shining”) Baldr’s and Nanna’s hall in Asgard; a magnificent palace. No unclean thing is permitted to be there. 

Brimer – 1) Brimer (Ymir?) is a Giant that owns the island Ókolnir. There he has his feast hall in which the Giants celebrates when Ragnarok is coming. 2) A hall located in Ókolnir. In it there is plenty of good drink. A refuge to those finding it after Ragnarok. 

Brimir Hall at Gimle, Sindri Hall at Nidafioll, Nasatrands, Hvergelmir – Places the remaining Gods will be sent to after Ragnarok. 

Brisingamen, Brising – (“Fire-Jewelry”)The Brisingamen necklace belongs to Freya. It was forged by four dwarves and to get it she had to spend one night with each of them. This ornament can be worn either as a belt or a necklace depending upon how Freya plans to use it. Loki once stole it. 

Broadland – Another name for Vidar’s hall. Also called Landvidi (“Whiteland”). 

Broadview – Another name for Balder’s Hall. 

Brokk – A Dwarf; superb smith and jeweler, son of Ivaldi. He was pictured as small and blackened from the smithy. With his brother Eitri he made Sif’s golden hair, the spear Gungnir, the ship Skidbladnir. Loki wagered his head that Brokk’s brother Sindri could not forge greater magical items than these. So, Loki, in the form of a gadfly, stung him on the hand, neck and eyelids to prevent him from helping with the forge’s bellows and winning the bet, but Loki failed. His brother Sindri created the boar Slidrugtanni for Freyr and Freya, the ring Draupnir for Odin, and a new hammer for Thor, a hammer which would be impossible to steal, because it would always return to its owner. Loki ran but was caught by Thor. Loki said, “You can have my head but not my neck”. So Brokk pierced holes in Loki’s lips with an awl and sewed them up as a lesson not to brag. 

Brynhild, Brynhildr – (“Byrnie of Battle” or “Mail-coat of Battle”) A Valkyrie and servant to Odin; a shape-shifter who often used a swan disguise. This beautiful being fell in love with the hero Sigurd. She is daughter to king Budle and sister to Atle and Bekkhild. She was punished by Odin, but Sigurd Fafnisbari saved her. She married King Gunnar but really loved Sigurd. When Sigurd was killed, she threw herself into the fire and burned to death. 

Budli – Father of Atli (Attila the Hun) and Brunhild. 

Buri, Bure [Boo-ree] – (“Good-looking” or “Great and Huge”) Supernatural being licked from the salty rocks of Ginnungagap by Audhumla, the primal cow. Father of Bor, who is father of Odin, Vili and Ve. Bure died of old age, as the golden apples of Iduna had yet to appear. 

Byggvir – Companion God of Freyr. The God of ale/beer and corn, Byggvir is married to Beyla. He is Freyr’s servant and lives at Freyr’s farm Alfheim. His task is to take care of the world-mill and its grist. 

Byleist – (“Lightning”) The Storm-Giant Byleist is Farbauti’s and Laufey’s son. He has two brothers, the trickster Loki and the Water-Giant Helblindi.  

Bylgja – (‘Big Breaking Wave’) One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge. 

Byrgir – A well found in the kingdom of Ivaldi, probably connected to Mirmir’s Well, since its water gave the gift of poetic power and ecstasy . Ivaldi tried to keep this secret, and sent two of his children in the dark of night to empty out the well and bring back the mead. From this mead he allowed the Gods to drink as much as they wanted. Nepur, the Moon-God spied the youngsters on their way back home with a pail full of mead, and abducted them and the mead. But Ivaldi fought Nepur as he passed through the underworld and reclaimed them. 

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