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Hel

[hel] /hɛl/
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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  • 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

Hel

/hɛl/
noun (Norse myth)
1.
the goddess of the dead
2.
the underworld realm of the dead
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