Found Baldur's Gate. Sort Of.

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The real Baldur’s Gate is not a wealthy port city on the Sword Coast from the classic RPG, but—as Redditor Robotswana drew our attention to it—a cozy street with a slightly different name in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Would be a fun place to check in (and absolutely not remove the sign).

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Baldr (also Balder, Baldur) is a god in Norse mythology, who is given a central role in the mythology. Despite this his precise function is rather disputed. He is often interpreted as the god of love, peace, forgiveness, justice, light or purity, but was not directly attested as a god of such.

He is the second son of Odin and the goddess Frigg and has numerous brothers, such as Thor and Váli. His twin brother is the blind god, Höðr. According to Gylfaginning, a book of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, Baldr’s wife isNanna and their son is Forseti. In Gylfaginning, Snorri relates that Baldr had the greatest ship ever built, named Hringhorni, and that there is no place more beautiful than his hall, Breidablik. In the 12th century, Danish accounts by Saxo Grammaticus and other Danish Latin chroniclers recorded a euhemerized account of his story. Compiled in Iceland in the 13th century, but based on much older Old Norse poetry, the Poetic Edda and the Prose Eddacontain numerous references to the death of Baldr as both a great tragedy to the Æsir and a harbinger of Ragnarök.