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noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. the goddess ruling Niflheim: a daughter of Loki and Angerboda.
  2. the home of the dead; Niflheim.
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Origin of Hel

From Old Norse; see origin at hell
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Examples from the Web for hel

Historical Examples of hel

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hel


Hela (ˈhɛlɑː)

noun Norse myth
  1. the goddess of the dead
  2. the underworld realm of the dead
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