Rind is listed as a Goddess by Snorri in his catalog, but she is not numbered, and appears at the end of his listing after the Valkyries. In Gylfaginning it states that Rind is the mother of Vali, the great avenger of Balder, who kills Hodr. Unlike the relationship between Frigga and Odin, and Jord and Odin, Rind does not appear to be a willing partner in this joining, and in two seperate accounts is " taken " by Odin either by magic or by deceit.
Kormak Ogmundarsson, who wrote Sigurdurdrapa just before the 11th century, states that Odin bewitched her with magic to force Rind to sleep with him. Saxo Grammaticus has Othinus cross dressing to gain entrance to her room where he makes Rind ill. He then transforms into a doctor who prescribes a harsh drug so potent that she has to be tied down. Othinus then rapes her. Coming from a Roman who was not fond of the Germanic race I put little stock in Saxo' s account.
Many wonder why Odin would have to trick Rind into being with him, and some wonder why he simply did not ask Balder's half - brother Thor, or one of the other Gods to take revenge on Hodr. The Eddas have an answer for this. It says that " When the Aesir tried to speak then what happened first was that weeping came out, so that none could tell the other their grief in words. " In my opinion if they were too grief stricken to even speak, then they were also in too much pain to act. Only Odin ( and Frigga ) knew the full implications of what Balder's death meant to the Aesir. And Odin and Frigga were the first two to act. Frigga called forth a volunteer to go to Hel to bargain for Balder' s release, which Hermod gladfully accepted, and Odin looked around for a mate to produce an avenger with. I feel that he did not choose either Frigga or Jord because they were too close to him, and just as grief stricken as the rest of the Gods. Rind either wasn' t a Goddess to begin with, ( she is also a Jotun in one version, and a human princess in another ), or was outside of the inner circle of Gods, and therefore did not feel the paralyzing grief that the others were dealing with which is why she was chosen.
Rind does give birth to a son, who is named Vali. Vali it is said will avenge Balder at the age of one night in Balder's Dreams, but who knows how long a night is to a God. Their concept of time may not be as short a period as our is, which may be why the Gods waited almost a thousand years to contact us again to rebuild our religion. ( Just a theory of mine ) In the Eddas it says this about the avenging young God Vali :
Rind will bear Vali in the Western Halls,
That son of Odin will kill at the age of one night.
He will not wash, or comb his hair,
til he places Balder' s foe ( Hodr ) on his funeral pyre.
Rind's son Vali will also inhabit Asgard, " when Surt's fires die down. " It also says that neither Vali or Vidar ( The silent God ) can be harmed by fire or the sea, which is why they survive Ragnarok. Unfortunately nothing else is told of Rind, and she remains known only as the " mother of Vali ". I have never had any contact with Rind, so I too have no insights into her life. I do pity what she had to go through, however, no matter how important the results.
Snotra who is listed thirteenth in Snorri' s catalog of Goddesses has almost nothing written about her. Snorri says she is, "wise and of gentle manner ". From her name the ones who are Snotr are called wise women . Rudolf Simek, who I don' t agree with, theorizes that she was " only a female protective Goddess ". Then again he calls these Goddesses, i.e. Lofn, Syn, Snotra etc....insignificant Goddesses, which angers me even more than the lesser Goddesses term used by John Lindow. Just because their stories have not survived the destruction of the Christian onslaught does not mean we should belittle these Goddesses.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor' s protection !