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Valhalla

[val-hal-uh, vahl-hah-luh]
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noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. the hall of Odin into which the souls of heroes slain in battle and others who have died bravely are received.
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Also Val·hall [val-hal, val-hal] /vælˈhæl, ˈvæl hæl/, 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
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Valhalla

Walhalla, Valhall (vælˈhæl, ˈvælhæl) or Walhall

noun
  1. Norse myth the great hall of Odin where warriors who die as heroes in battle dwell eternally
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Word Origin

C18: from Old Norse, from valr slain warriors + höll hall
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Word Origin and History for valhalla

Valhalla

n.

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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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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