E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The god of strife and spirit of evil. He artfully contrived the death of Balder, when Odin had forbidden everything that springs from fire, air, earth, and water to injure him. The mistletoe not being included was made into an arrow, given to the blind Höder, and shot at random; but it struck the beautiful Balder and killed him. This evil being was subsequently chained to a rock with ten chains, and will so continue till the twilight of the gods appears, when he will break his bonds; then will the heavens disappear, the earth be swallowed up by the sea, fire shall consume the elements, and even Odin, with all his kindred deities, shall perish. (See BALDER, KISSING.)