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[hel] /hɛl/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
the goddess ruling Niflheim: a daughter of Loki and Angerboda.
the home of the dead; Niflheim.
Origin of Hel
From Old Norse; See origin at hell Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Hel, the daughter of Loki and of Angrbotha, was queen of this dark domain.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Venus herself is like the Christian conception of Freya and Hel.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • He has already crossed the bridge and taken his journey northward to Hel.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • On one side, led by Loki, will fight the hosts of Hel; on the other Odin and his followers.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • The root is Hel- or hul- to cover, and is seen in the O. Eng.

  • The word 'Hel' is from 'hl,' a heel, because the horse lacked one hoof or heel.

    A Danish Parsonage John Fulford Vicary
  • "The pronunciation of 'Hel' in Danish is as if it were spelt in English as 'hl'" said Hardy.

    A Danish Parsonage John Fulford Vicary
  • He was dead; his body was as black as Hel and swollen to the size of an ox.

  • Gisli answered: "The fire is hottest to him who is in it; it is ill dealing with men from Hel."

  • The place there, was so dark as Hel, and impossible for him to know his Wyfe.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
British Dictionary definitions for Hel


noun (Norse myth)
the goddess of the dead
the underworld realm of the dead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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