BALDUR AND THE MISTLETOE by Margaret -- Adapt Hodges


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Margaret Hodges ends her version of how jealous Loki the ""mischief maker"" (a common but incongruously unserious epithet) brought about the death of Baldur, ""brightest and best of all the gods,"" with Baldur whispering the word ""hope"" -- thus explicitly linking the story to the myths of seasonal rebirth typified by Persephone and the Springtime (KR, 1973) in her Myths of the World series. The incident is treated as a tragedy throughout and the telling just restrained and faithful enough to work -- with as much hindrance as help however from the illustrations, which undercut the effectively somber blue and gray Northern scenes and skeletal denizens of Hel with vaguely Grecian flowing robes and naked limbs and, in Baldur's case, a sort of holy card Christian piety.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1974
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown