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[val-hal-uh, vahl-hah-luh] /vælˈhæl ə, vɑlˈhɑ lə/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
the hall of Odin into which the souls of heroes slain in battle and others who have died bravely are received.
Also, Valhall
[val-hal, val-hal] /vælˈhæl, ˈvæl hæl/ (Show IPA),
Walhalla, Walhall.
Origin of Valhalla
1760-70; Latinized form of Old Norse Valhǫll, equivalent to val(r) the slain in battle, slaughter (cognate with Old English wæl) + hǫll hall Unabridged
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  • Odin in his hall of Valhalla thought only of the ways by which he could bring heroes to him to be his help in defending Asgard.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • He changed his gait and hurried to the eastern side of Valhalla.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Behind Valhalla towers the gigantic figure of Fate, whose reign is eternal.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • Guthorm cried, "surely Thor in Valhalla smiled when he heard that vow."

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • Alan wondered if the Valhalla would run into any inspection problems.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
British Dictionary definitions for Valhalla


(Norse myth) the great hall of Odin where warriors who die as heroes in battle dwell eternally
Word Origin
C18: from Old Norse, from valr slain warriors + höllhall
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Word Origin and History for Valhalla

heavenly hall in which Odin receives the souls of heroes slain in battle, 1768, from Old Norse Valhöll "hall of the battle-slain;" first element from valr "those slain in battle," from Proto-Germanic *walaz (cf. Old English wæl "slaughter, bodies of the slain," Old High German wal "battlefield, slaughter"), from PIE root *wele- "to strike, wound" (cf. Avestan vareta- "seized, prisoner," Latin veles "ghosts of the dead," Old Irish fuil "blood," Welsh gwel "wound"). Second element is from höll "hall," from PIE root *kel- "to conceal" (see cell). Reintroduced by 18c. antiquaries. Figurative sense is from 1845.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Valhalla in Culture
Valhalla [(val-hal-uh)]

In Norse mythology, a dwelling in Asgard, the Norse heaven, reserved for the souls of those who died heroic deaths.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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