Hel (pronounced like the English word "Hell") is a region of Niffleheim, one of the Nine Realms. It is one of the many realms of death across the cosmos making it the final resting place for the dead for the Nine Realms. It is presided over by a fearsome goddess Hela. Occasionally, it’s also referred to as "Helheim". The appearance and nature of the realm can be altered on the whim and wishes of it's Queen. Sometimes, Hel is a pit, sometimes is a palace and other time a puzzle box. It is not just a place of punishment, it is simply a resting place for the dead. While parts of it, like Elysium and Valhalla, are afterlife paradises, other parts are seen as dark and gloomy. It may be reached by taking a road known as the Helway, which begins with a cave called Gnipahellir.
Also associated with Hel is Nastrond, on the far shores of Gjoll, which translates as "corpse strand," and is home to various giant serpents.
Odin, ruler of the Asgardian gods, decreed that Hela, daughter of Loki, would become the goddess and ruler of the spirits of the dead on the day of her maturity; however, Odin himself directly ruled the souls of Asgardians and their human worshipers who died in battle as heroes, and had the palace of Valhalla initially built in a distant section of Asgard to house them.
Thor's First Visit
In his youth Thor travelled to Hel to save Sif and offered Hela his own life in exchange for hers. So moved by his action she allowed them both to leave alive. It was this encounter with death that made him finally worthy of Mjolnir.
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- 14 image(s) of Hel