Hel – Goddess of Death

In every culture there is an isolated world where the souls of the dead are forced to dwell. In Norse mythology, those who die heroically or in battle are taken to Valhalla to prepare for the upcoming battle that would end the world. Those who died as a coward or took their own life were sent to the World of Darkness and Ice. Nifetheim is the prison for these souls and Hel the Goddess of Death, is their warden. Hel is the daughter of Loki the God of Mischief and her mother is the Giantess Angrboda. She has two siblings The Giant Wolf Fenrir and The Mudguard Serpent called Jörmungandr.

Hel is a woman who is half dead and half alive. One half of her is black and the other half is white, a play on the concept of a person caught in the void between worlds. Hel was raised with her mother and siblings in the Land of the Giants until she was summoned before Odin and imprisoned.

Hel Norse Goddess of Death

Hel Norse Goddess of Death


Ruler of The Underworld

Odin, King of the Gods, was informed of the three children of Loki and the fear that surrounded them. Many feared the chaos and destruction created if they were left to wonder freely. Odin ordered the other gods to capture the three children and bring them before him.

The Midgard Serpent Jörmungandr was traded beneath the sea, The Giant Wolf Fenrir was chained up to the gates of Nifetheim, and Hel was imprisoned within its walls. Odin ordered that within her halls should be a resting place for those that die from old age or sickness. She is also the warden ensuring souls don’t escape that are there due to a non-heroic death. Her brother Fenrir keeps the gates to Nifetheim sealed until Raganok.

Hel Norse Goddess of Death

Hel Norse Goddess of Death


Personal View

I have always been fascinated with the gods and goddess of the dead and how they are described in ancient history and the cultures surrounding it. Hel is a woman that is given respect by the other gods despite being forced into a situation against her will.

Odin and the other gods assumed she would be trouble alongside her siblings because her father was Loki. Instead of giving her a chance to prove otherwise, she is locked up to prevent chaos from being born.

Hel Norse Goddess of Death

Hel Norse Goddess of Death


They allow her to rule over the souls sent to her realm as a nice distraction hoping to make her forget that she is a prisoner and ruler of a world created in ice and darkness cut off from the other gods. There is little known about Hel besides her play in the Raganok War when she fights the gods alongside her father and siblings.

Her role, The Keeper of Souls, is important yet she is barely mentioned in legends and fables only mentioned in a few Norse poems. She is simply described as a domestic, fierce woman being the queen of her frozen wasteland.

Hel Norse Goddess of Death

Hel Norse Goddess of Death


Hel is the only child of Loki that doesn’t rebel or try to escape her prison seeing it as an opportunity to create her own army of the dead. During the last battle, her family will be depending on her to help them gain vengeance on those that fear them seeing them as nothing more then chaotic monsters.

Now, shush I’m trying to read, Luna

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