Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 6

Norse by Norsevest (1)

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Nov 02, 1998 on USA
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Norse by Norsevest (1)

Hercules wanted to save the Norse God Balder, but Balder explained that his death was foretold in the Book of Fates and could not be changed. Sure enough, Hercules was tricked by Loki, the God of Mischief, into accidentally killing Balder. An enraged Thor tried to kill Hercules with his huge stone hammer, but Hercules beat Thor and took him to Valhalla. There, Odin -- the king of the Norse Gods -- explained that two parts of an ancient prophesy had been fulfilled. If the third part took place, the final nightfall and end of all things would occur.


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  • One of the best episodes

    This first of the two part series embodies the Norse Legend and overwrites Armageddon with Hercules conviction that we make our own destiny and that our tool for doing so is knowledge.
  • Hercules, having had a vision that he must save a man's life, heads to Norway, where he learns that the man is in fact Norse God Balder, and soon becomes entangled in an end-of-the-world prophecy. A quite good episode...moreless

    In this story, Hercules leaves Eire (complete with new costume) and heads to Norway. Both he and Norse God Balder – unbeknown to each other – that Hercules must save Balder's life.

    One thing that this episode has offered up is not only lots of new characters, but also new settings, with lots of great location work for which the crew must be commended.

    I like the character of Balder, the God who Herc has seen in his dreams, and who seems to be a rare thing – a good and honest God. Thor, on the other hand, is every bit as angry as one would expect him to be.

    [Mild spoiler] I guessed straight away that Loki was a bad guy (or rather, bad God), there was just something about him. [End of mild spoiler] The way he morphed into various animals was a pretty cool effect. But just who is the monstrous being that he's working for? We'll have to wait for the conclusion to find out!

    One thing that this episode has offered up is not only lots of new characters, but also new settings, with lots of great location work for which the crew must be commended.

    This is a quite good story, although I maybe enjoyed it a little bit less than the Sumeria and Eire episodes. The plot is good but, being the first of a two-parter, I didn't find the direction and pacing to be as tight as it would have been for a single episode.moreless
  • This episode is a memorale one and a true to storyline purposes.

    In this episode Hercules must go off to Norway where he encounters the gods of the North. One of the gods ,Loki is secretly unknown to Hercules out for himself.

    Loki is revealed to be in line, with scorn enemy of Hercules and spinoff character Xena. Loki meets Dahak in a ice cave. Dahak gives Loki a feather pen infused with the Hind\'s blood, that his daughter Hope comissioned Callisto to steal from the soveriegn last season.

    Dahak leaves Norway soon after to get back to Sumeria to torture Princess Nebula more. Hercules is able to put an end to Loki in the second part of this episode. Little does he know Dahak will be playing even dirtier in future episodes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Odin: (after Balder's death and Thor's defeat) So, we wait for the third tragedy to befall us. After that, Ragnarok.
      Hercules: And after Ragnarok?
      Odin: There is no after. Ragnarok is the final nightfall, twilight of the Gods.

    • Hercules: Do you know any legends about your Gods, you know, where they're supposed to live?
      Hilda: Oh, sure. In Asgard.
      Hercules: How would I get there?
      Hilda: (rolling her eyes) Die in battle, d'uh!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Paul Robert Coyle, who came up with this story, envisioned it being a spin-off series, with someone such as Hulk Hogan playing Thor. The idea never came to fruition.

    • Disclaimer: No ram, stag or any other horned species was sacrificed for Thor's helmet during the production of this motion picture. Ve svear it.


    • The Norns are a group of women who rule the fates in Norse mythology, the three most important being powerful giantesses.

    • Ragnarok is the "final destiny of the gods." It refers to several events, culminating in a great battle in which the major Norse gods die, including Odin (the chief god in Norse mythology), Thor (god of thunder), Freyr (god of fertility), Heimdall (guardian of the gods and of the Bifrost Bridge linking Midgard and Asgard), and Loki (god of mischief). Ragnarok results in a series of natural disasters, leaving only two people to repopulate the earth.

    • Loki is the god of mischief and lies, and a shape-shifter. According to Norse mythology, he did arrange the death of Balder. He tricked Balder's blind brother Hoor to throw a dart with mistletoe at him, mistletoe being the only plant not to swear an oath to not harm Balder. The gods punished Loki by tying him to three slabs of stone, under a snake that drips venom onto his head. The death of Balder was one of the events that precipitated Ragnarok.

    • Title:
      The title alludes to the iconic Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest.

    • Loki was not the brother of Balder and Thor. While Balder and Thor are the sons of Odin (along with Njord, Tyr, Vidor, Sif, Hoder, Bragi, Heimdall and Hermod), Loki was the son of Farbauti and Laufey. Loki and Odin's blood lines do join as one further down the Yngling line when their descendants marry and have children with each other.

    • While Frigg was the mother of Balder, she was not the mother or Thor. Thor's mother was Grid. Frigg and Odin's children together were Balder, Njord, Hoder, Hermod, Bragi, Tyr, Heimdall and a female whose name is unknown, speculated as the actual Freyja.

    • When Balder was born Odin asked everything in existence not to harm his gentle son, but he forgot to ask mistletoe, and when he was struck by the plant he died immediately, never to return.