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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


[wal-hal-uh, val-, wahl-hah-luh, vahl-] /wælˈhæl ə, væl-, wɑlˈhɑ lə, vɑl-/
Also, Walhall
[wal-hal, wal-hal] /wælˈhæl, ˈwæl hæl/ (Show IPA)
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  • Fricka urged this in a manner calculated to show Wotan there would be no more peace in walhall if he flouted his wife.

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  • walhall did not confuse her, for now she caught clues to the meaning of the mighty epic.

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  • Thus urged, but looking thoughtfully at the spot where Erda had disappeared, he permitted himself to be led toward walhall.

    Operas Every Child Should Know Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for walhall


(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


/wælˈhælə; væl-/
variants of Valhalla
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Word Origin and History for walhall



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.

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walhall 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.

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