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Hel


Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


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[ vii ] In Scandinavian tradition the name for both the realm of the dead and the sinister giantess ruling it, said to be L oki's daughter. Hel is a vague image for death rather than a clearly defined concept, existing alongside the tradition of the dead dwelling in mounds and the warrior paradise V alhalia [3: 32, 149–62]. The emphasis is on the long road leading there, with dangerous rivers to cross and a great gate which the living cannot pass. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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