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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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  • Men who die from sickness go with women and children and cowards to Niflheim.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • "Perhaps he has fallen into Niflheim, and so perished," remarked Thor.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • Odin looking over into Niflheim, is thus alluded to in an old song.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • A black cock is likewise said to crow in the Niflheim, or "land of gloom."

  • She's only been here for three months—since the Canberra got in from Niflheim.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • They wanted Niflheim exploited, mainly because of the uranium-deposits there.

    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.

  • In the pre-chaotic state we have Muspelheim, Niflheim and Ginungagap.

  • And with these words leaped into Niflheim with a yell of triumph.

  • So he sent her down, down into the dark, cold land of Niflheim, which lay below one root of the great tree Yggdrasil.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
British Dictionary definitions for Niflheim


(Norse myth) the abode of the dead
Word Origin
Old Norse, literally: mist home
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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