Mini Myth Collection® - Hel
Ruler of the underworld
The daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrboða as well as sister to Jormugandr and Fenrir, Hel is given dominion over those who do not die in battle. She rules over the underworld called Hel from her great hall, Éljúðnir.
The name Hel in old Norse means “hidden” and she is described as appearing half alive and half dead. Hel is depicted here gesturing with one hand to welcome the newly deceased to her domain while in her other hand, she holds a dish called “hunger” and on her belt hangs a knife called “famine.”
Hel is said to be of a dour disposition but she is not necessarily viewed as particularly cruel or evil but merely someone tasked with look after the hereafter.
This piece was produced in July 2018 as part of the MINI MYTH COLLECTION®
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