Balder's Fate and Loki's Downfall
Suri Reyes - W-3
All the gods of Asgard had shown up to say farewell to Balder, who had been killed by Loki's trickery. The funeral ship was heavy because it was full of all of the belongings of Balder to help him in the afterlife.
Everyone grieved for the fallen Balder. His wife, Nanna, was overcome with so much grief that she also died. The goddess Frigga, wanting to return her favorite son to the living, asked for someone who would speak with Hel so she could return Balder's life.
Hermod, messenger of the gods, agreed to travel to Niflheim. He talked with the goddess Hel and asked her to let Balder and Nanna come back to life. Hel agreed under the conditions that everyone in the 9 worlds would weep for Balder.
The goddess Frigga sent messages to all 9 worlds asking for everyone to weep for Balder. There was one person who said they wouldn't weep. It was a giantess named Thok, who was actually Loki in disguise.
Since Loki didn't weep for Balder, he had to remain with Hel. This angered Odin, so he went in search for Loki with Thor and Kvasir. Loki tried to hide as a salmon, but the gods captured him.
Loki was tied against boulders and forced to watch two of his sons kill each other. Then a serpent was put above him that dripped poison and fell on him. His wife Sigyn helped Loki by collecting the poison. When the poison fell, Loki's screams caused earthquakes.
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