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Nanna is a deity in the Norse pantheon. She is the wife of Balder, and mother of Forseti. She lives with her husband in the shining palace Breidabalik.[1]

After the death of Balder, Nanna dies and joins her husband on his funeral pyre.[2] Little is known about how she is worshiped by humans, if at all.

Publication history[]

AD&D 2nd edition[]

Nanna named as Baldur's wife in the Planescape sourcebook On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.142, where she lives with him in Breidablik. It might be inferred that she is beautiful, as only the beautiful may enter Baldur's palace.

D&D 3rd edition[]

Nanna is mentioned Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.171.

Creative origins[]

Nanna appears in Norse myth as the wife of Balder. According to the 13th century Prose Edda, Nanna is daughter of Nep, one of Odin's sons (although Nep does not appear in any D&D canon). Nanna is one of the goddesses of the Aesir.

After her husband's death, Nanna dies of grief and is placed with him on his funeral pyre. Hermod is sent to Hel to offer a ransom for Balder's return, and the goddess of the dead agrees on the condition that all of creation sheds a tear for Balder. Nanna gives Hermod gifts to bring back: a linen dress and other gifts for her mother-in-law Frigga, and a ring for the goddess Fulla. Balder gives back Odin's ring Draupnir, which was placed upon his burial pyre. However, the giantess Thanks, thought to be Loki in disguise, refuses to shed a tear, and Balder and Nanna remain in Hel's realm until Ragnarok.

While some sources have Balder return after Ragnarok, Nanna's fate is not specified.

References[]

  1. On Hallowed Ground (1996), p.142.
  2. Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.171.
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