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[niv-uh l-heym] /ˈnɪv əlˌheɪm/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
a place of eternal cold, darkness, and fog, ruled over by Hel: abode of those who die of illness or old age.
Origin of Niflheim
< Old Norse Niflheimr, equivalent to nifl- (cognate with Old English nifol darkness, Old High German nebal mist, cloud, Latin nebula (see nebula)) + heimr world, home Unabridged
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  • When a geek prince hired out as a laborer for a year on Niflheim, he did so for only one purpose—to learn Terran technologies.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • "Perhaps he has fallen into Niflheim, and so perished," remarked Thor.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • In due time, in the dim twilight, the castle of Niflheim rose before him, and he felt that his journey was nearly done.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • A black cock is likewise said to crow in the Niflheim, or "land of gloom."

  • After all, he constructed those bombs on Niflheim, and it'll be he who'll have to build ours.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • Change his life, die and pass from the life on earth to that in Valhalla or Niflheim.

  • But mythically it is connected with Niflheim, the kingdom of Hela, the shadowy realm of death.

  • Sigurd uttered not a word, but walked with sword drawn as before, fearing nothing save to arrive too late at Niflheim.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • In the pre-chaotic state we have Muspelheim, Niflheim and Ginungagap.

  • The hell of the Scandinavians occupied the lowest depths of the world and consisted of two parts, Nastrond and Niflheim.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
British Dictionary definitions for Niflheim


(Norse myth) the abode of the dead
Word Origin
Old Norse, literally: mist home
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