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BAELDAEG and Nanna
BAELDAEG. (Beldeg)(Baldr)(Baldur)(Balderus). [CHART A1].
Beldeg was born about 243 in Scandinavia; the second son of ODIN (Wodan) and Frea (Frigg). (S3).
He is said to have married Nanna, daughter of Gewar, King of Norway. (S3,S4).
Woden's son Bældæg became king of the land we now call Westphalia, at that time the domain of the Heathobards. Before this it was ruled by King Heathobard, but Woden and the gods defeated him in battle and seized his kingdom, bestowing it upon Bældæg. He married a local woman, and had two sons by her, Forseta and Brand. (S5).
Daughter of GEWAR, King of Norway
Accounts of Nanna vary greatly by source. In the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, Nanna is the wife of Baldr and the couple produced a son, the god Forseti. After Baldr's death, Nanna dies of grief. Nanna is placed on Baldr's ship with his corpse and the two are set aflame and pushed out to sea. In Hel, Baldr and Nanna are united again. In an attempt to bring back Baldr from the dead, the god Hermóðr rides to Hel and, upon receiving the hope of resurrection from the being Hel, Nanna gives Hermóðr gifts to give to the goddess Frigg (a robe of linen), the goddess Fulla (a finger-ring), and others (unspecified). Nanna is frequently mentioned in the poetry of skalds and a Nanna, who may or may not be the same figure, is mentioned once in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources. (S4).
In the Gesta Danorum, written about the end of the 12th century, the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus tells the story of Baldr (recorded as Balderus) in a form which professes to be historical. According to him, Balderus and Høtherus were rival suitors for the hand of Nanna, daughter of Gewar, King of Norway. Balderus was a demigod and common steel could not wound his sacred body. The two rivals encountered each other in a terrific battle. Though Odin and Thor and the rest of the gods fought for Balderus, he was defeated and fled away, and it was Høtherus who married the princess. Nevertheless, Balderus took heart and again met Høtherus in a field of battle. But he fared even worse than before. Høtherus dealt him a deadly wound with a magic sword, named Mistletoe, which he had received from Miming, the satyr of the woods. After lingering three days in pain Balderus died of his injury and was buried with royal honours in a barrow. (S3).
Part of the confusion may be found in the etymology of the name Nanna. The etymology of the name of the goddess Nanna is debated. Some scholars have proposed that the name may derive from a babble word, nanna, meaning "mother". Scholar Jan de Vries connects the name Nanna to the root *nanþ-, leading to "the daring one". Scholar John Lindow theorizes that a common noun may have existed in Old Norse, nanna, that roughly meant "woman". Scholar John McKinnell notes that the "mother" and *nanþ- derivations may not be distinct, commenting that nanna may have once meant "she who empowers". (S4).
Whether or not these sources are speaking of the same Nanna has been widely debated. While we can not determine this with certainty, we keep here the name Nanna as the wifed of Baeldaeg, pending further information.
CHILDREN of Baeldaeg and Nanna:
- [S1]. Two of the Saxon Chronicles Parallel. Charles Plummer. Clarendon Press:Oxford. 1965.
- [S2]. The official website of Alynia H. Rule. http://www.ancuairt.org/genealogy/cerdic.htm.
- [S3]. Baldr. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldr. Accessed 20151129.
- [S4]. Nanna (Norse deity). Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanna_(Norse_deity). Accessed 20151129.
- [S5]. TEUTONIC MYTH AND LEGEND. by Donald A. Mackenzie. An Introduction to the Eddas & Sagas, Beowulf, The Nibelungenlied, etc. [1912?]. CHAPTER XXI. Hother and Balder. http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/tml/tml26.htm.
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