Δευτέρα, 10 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Hel, the Norse goddess of death

Hel (1889) by Johannes Gehrts
In Norse mythology, Hel is a being who presides over a realm of the same name, where she receives a portion of the dead. Hel is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. In addition, she is mentioned in poems recorded in Heimskringla and Egils saga that date from the 9th and 10th centuries, respectively. An episode in the Latin work Gesta Danorum, written in the 12th century by Saxo Grammaticus, is generally considered to refer to Hel, and Hel may appear on various Migration Period bracteates. In the Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Heimskringla, Hel is referred to as a daughter of Loki, and to "go to Hel" is to die. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Hel is described as having been appointed by the god Odin as ruler of a realm of the same name, located in Niflheim. In the same source, her appearance is described as half black and half flesh-coloured and further as having a gloomy, downcast appearance. The Prose Edda details that Hel rules over vast mansions with many servants in her underworld realm and plays a key role in the attempted resurrection of the god Baldr.

Hel by Karl Ehrenberg (1882)

 Loki's brood; Hel, Fenrir and Jörmungandr.
The figure in the background is presumably Angrboða.
(1905) by Emil Doepler
Goddesses of the North_Hel by ansfhd
"Norse goddess Hel" by Tara Ryzebol
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Hel by Trishkell
Hel In Red by Medusa1893
Hel the goddess of hell-Cd cover by Asgrimson
Hel - Der Tod und Das Madchen by WintersKnight

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