Editor’s Note: This article concerns itself with Mistletoe appearing in the MTV series Teen Wolf ONLY. Click here for information on real world Mistletoe.
Mistletoe is a parasitic plant originally referred to the species in the order of Santalales.
The plant plays an important role in Druid mythology's culture and rituals.
Real World Mythology
In Norse mythology, the god, Loki, tricks the blind god Hodur into murdering Balder, son of Frigg, with an arrow made of mistletoe. The only plant to which Balder was vulnerable. Some versions of the story have mistletoe becoming a symbol of peace and friendship to compensate for its part in the murder.
Mistletoe continued to be associated with fertility and vitality through the Middle Ages.
In most Western cultures, mistletoe is hung as a Christmas decoration. The custom of kissing under the plant originated in 18th century England as a gesture of good luck.
Teen Wolf Mythology
Within the mythology of MTV’s Teen Wolf, mistletoe is mainly used by Druids.
Jennifer Blake refers to the story of Balder as the source of the Druid's connection to mistletoe stating that people kiss under it so no one would overlook the plant as Frigg did.