|Frigga, Norse goddess|
of love and beauty.
These legends are thought to have originated in Norway with the Vikings. It is said that Balder, the son of Frigga, the goddess of love and beauty, was killed by a dart poisoned with mistletoe. Frigga then cried so many tears they changed mistletoe berries from red to white and raised Balder from the dead. Frigga was so grateful she kissed everyone from then on who walked under the mistletoe.
Mistletoe was a mysterious plant to early civilizations because it has no roots of its own. It is a parasitic plant that sprouts from bird feces and can eventually take over and kill its host trees.
Norway's history is steeped in Viking mythology and Norse legends and a beautiful, picturesque Scandinavian country to visit.