Son of Odin, father of the Norse gods, and Frigg, goddess of motherhood and marriage, Hermod is the swift and nimble messenger of the gods who is famous for his bravery.
Hermod is the brother of Baldur who was loved by all. When Baldur is killed, Frigg calls upon one brave enough to face Hel, the goddess of the underworld, and plead for Baldur’s return. Hermod volunteers and, after riding nine nights through deep and darkened valleys, he reaches Niflheim, the underworld. Hel agrees to release Baldur on one condition: that everything in the entire universe weep for Baldur. Unfortunately, one old hag, Thokk, refused to weep for Baldur, and so he had to remain in the underworld, until the end of the world.