[niv-uh l-heym]
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for niflheim

Historical Examples of niflheim

  • 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.

  • Odin looking over into Niflheim, is thus alluded to in an old song.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for niflheim


  1. Norse myth the abode of the dead

Word Origin for Niflheim

Old Norse, literally: mist home
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