noun \val-ˈha-lə also väl-ˈhä-\

Definition of VALHALLA

:  the great hall in Norse mythology where heroes slain in battle are received
:  a place of honor, glory, or happiness :  heaven <an academic's Valhalla>

Origin of VALHALLA

German & Old Norse; German Walhalla, from Old Norse Valhǫll, literally, hall of the slain, from valr the slain (akin to Old English wæl slaughter, the slain) + hǫll hall; akin to Old English heall hall
First Known Use: 1768


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Germanic religion, the hall of slain warriors who live blissfully under the leadership of Odin. Valhalla is depicted as a splendid palace, roofed with shields, where the warriors feast on the flesh of a boar slaughtered daily and made whole again each evening. They drink liquor that flows from the udders of a goat, and their sport is to fight one another every day, with the slain being revived in the evening. Thus they will live until the Ragnarok, when they will leave Valhalla to fight at the side of Odin against the Giants. See also Asgard, Freyja, Valkyrie.


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