In Norse mythology, Breiðablik[1] (Broad-gleaming) is the home of Baldr. It is briefly described in Snorri Sturluson's Gylfaginning as one of the halls of Asgard:

"Then there is also in that place the abode called Breidablik, and there is not in heaven a fairer dwelling."[2]

Later in the work, when Snorri describes Baldr, he gives a longer description, citing Grímnismál, though he does not name the poem:

"He dwells in the place called Breidablik, which is in heaven; in that place may nothing unclean be, even as is said here:
Breidablik 't is called, | where Baldr has
A hall made for himself:
In that land | where I know lie
Fewest baneful runes."[3]

Breiðablik is not otherwise mentioned in the Eddic sources.

In popular cultureEdit

  • Breidablik is a sacred weapon in Fire Emblem Heroes that the Summoner uses to summon Heroes coming from different Fire Emblem games.
  • In the PlayStation game Xenogears, Bledavik is the name of the capital city of the desert kingdom of Aveh on the Ignas continent.
  • Breiðablik Tonhall, an undisclosed place in jail where the then convicted Norwegian-born French musician and writer Louis Cachet (a.k.a. Varg Vikernes) recorded his first album made up wholly of ambient and neofolk music for his musical project Burzum, Dauði Baldrs ("The Death of Baldur"), recorded in 1994–1995 and released in October 1997.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The name can be Anglicized as Breidablik, Breithablik or Breidhablik.
  2. ^ Gylfaginning XVII, Brodeur's translation.
  3. ^ Gylfaginning XXII, Brodeur's translation. The strophe is Grímnismál 12.