Re: Baldr

From: Jespal Brar
Message: 62355
Date: 2009-01-04

A common Punjabi name is Baldave / Baldev, which means strong God.   Bal means strength and Dev means God.  

--- On Sun, 1/4/09, Rick McCallister <gabaroo6958@...> wrote:

From: Rick McCallister <gabaroo6958@...>
Subject: Re: [tied] Baldr
Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009, 12:38 AM

--- On Sat, 1/3/09, etherman23 <etherman23@... com> wrote:

> I've been thinking about Baldr lately. Where did the
> name come from?
> What type of god was he? I've been poking around on the
> Internet and
> it seems that there are lots of ideas out there. But
> hopefully people
> around here can shed some light on the subject.

Darkness and mistletoe are both characteristic of winter, so I'd look at words for "bright, bold, bald (in the archaic sense of 'white', i.e. 'bald eagle)", etc. I've always seen it ety'd as "bold, bright" in popular works, and since they tend to agree, they are probably getting this from a common source. But given "leaf, flower", the meaning could be polysemic.

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