Hod

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Hod

(hŏd, hōd), in the Bible, Asherite.

hod

[häd]
(civil engineering)
A tray fitted with a handle by which it can be carried on the shoulder for transporting bricks or mortar.

hod

A wood or metal container, usually V-shaped with a long handle and having one end open; used in masonry work to carry plaster or lime putty to the mortarboard.
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In purely practical terms, there is no explanation of how Loki might have fashioned the floppy mistletoe into a missile (it has been suggested that the absence of mistletoe in Iceland meant that this was not originally recognized as presenting a problem (36)), and indeed no pressing reason why Hodr should be blind to be man0euvred into throwing it--if Loki is the only person apart from Frigg who knows that the misdetoe, alone of all things, has the power to harm Baldr, then any sighted god might throw it, even without persuasion, in innocent ignorance of its lethal potential.
Nor is the blindness of Hodr entirely inconsistent with what we are told in Voluspa, though it is not an explicit feature of the poem.
In arguing that the mistletoe's exclusion, the target practice, and the blind shooter were not part of the earlier versions of the myth, I will review a suggestion made long ago for a non-native analogue to the exclusion of the mistletoe from the vow not to harm Baldr, and then suggest other possible sources outside Old Norse-Icelandic tradition for, firstly, the game of throwing things at Baldr, and finally, and in most detail, the blindness of Hodr requiring the guiding hand of Loki--the lethal shot of a blind man.