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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The myth of Loki and the deadly mistletoe

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Baldur— son of All Father Odin and Queen figrg, husband of nnnaa the Peaceful, and God of trtuh and light— was the gtleenst and most beloved being in all of Asgard. In his great hall of bbdilierak, Baldur’s soothing presence eased his subject’s woes. But lately, he was plagued by troubles of his own. Every night, Baldur had gruesome visions felnetliorg his own imminent death.
Determined to protect her son from these grim prophecies, Queen Frigg travelled across the nine realms, begging all living things not to harm Baldur. Her garce mveod each being she encountered. Every animal and element, every plague and plant, every blade and bug gladly gave their word.

Open Cloze

Baldur— son of All Father Odin and Queen _____, husband of _____ the Peaceful, and God of _____ and light— was the ________ and most beloved being in all of Asgard. In his great hall of __________, Baldur’s soothing presence eased his subject’s woes. But lately, he was plagued by troubles of his own. Every night, Baldur had gruesome visions ___________ his own imminent death.
Determined to protect her son from these grim prophecies, Queen Frigg travelled across the nine realms, begging all living things not to harm Baldur. Her _____ _____ each being she encountered. Every animal and element, every plague and plant, every blade and bug gladly gave their word.

Solution

  1. frigg
  2. gentlest
  3. grace
  4. foretelling
  5. breidablik
  6. truth
  7. moved
  8. nanna

Original Text

Baldur— son of All Father Odin and Queen Frigg, husband of Nanna the Peaceful, and God of truth and light— was the gentlest and most beloved being in all of Asgard. In his great hall of Breidablik, Baldur’s soothing presence eased his subject’s woes. But lately, he was plagued by troubles of his own. Every night, Baldur had gruesome visions foretelling his own imminent death.
Determined to protect her son from these grim prophecies, Queen Frigg travelled across the nine realms, begging all living things not to harm Baldur. Her grace moved each being she encountered. Every animal and element, every plague and plant, every blade and bug gladly gave their word.

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Important Words

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