The story of Balder is, in reality, the most ancient form of the Siegfried myth.
Even Balder made remarks which seemed to be regarded as apposite.
But go thou back to Asgard; and, if every thing shall weep for Balder, then I will send him to you.
If there ever was a man who was made for a soldier, it's Balder.
The asas took the corpse of Balder and brought it to the sea-shore.
When Balder saw it, he declared that nothing could be more to his taste.
The longer Balder gazed at it, the more human-like did it appear.
Balder was the most god-like of all the gods, because he was the purest and the best.
Balder, with equal docility, vaulted the gate, and moved away down the lane at the bidding of the keeper.
Moreover, Balder the Bright is the glory of heaven and the love of the earth.
c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal "white patch, blaze" especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, gleam;" see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam "brightness, forehead," Greek phalos "white," Latin fulcia "coot" (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale "forehead." But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of "smooth, round" also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.