noun \ˈhel\

Definition of HEL

:  the Norse goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld

Origin of HEL

Old Norse
First Known Use: 1844


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Norse mythology, the realm of the dead and, later, the goddess of the dead. She was the daughter of Loki. Her kingdom, Niflheim, or the World of Darkness, was divided into several sections. Murderers, perjurers, and adulterers suffered torment in a castle filled with serpents' venom, while the dragon Nidhogg sucked their blood. Those who fell in battle went to Valhalla and thus avoided Hel.


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