Hermod

1980 TF3 . Discovered 1980 Oct. 14 at the Haute Provence Observatory at St. Michel.

Named for a son of Odin and Frigga {see planets (3989) and (77)} in Scandinavian mythology. He entered the land of the dead, guarded by Hel {see planet (949)}, in an attempt to rescue his brother Balder {see planet (4059)}. Hel agreed on condition that everyone and everything in the world, even the plants, stones, and metals, should mourn for Balder. All did, except for a single giant witch in a cave, Thokk. (M 22495)

Named by the Minor Planet Names Committee following a suggestion by F. Pilcher.

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