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Hel

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noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. the goddess ruling Niflheim: a daughter of Loki and Angerboda.
  2. the home of the dead; Niflheim.

Origin of Hel

From Old Norse; see origin at hell
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Examples from the Web for hel

Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for hel

Hel

Hela (ˈhɛlɑː)

noun Norse myth
  1. the goddess of the dead
  2. the underworld realm of the dead
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