Mythology meme 7 Norse Gods/Goddesses → Hel
Hel (Old Norse Hel, “Hidden”) is a giantess and goddess in Norse mythology who rules over Helheim, the underworld where the dead dwell. According to the thirteenth-century Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson, she’s the daughter of Loki and the giant Angrboða (“Anguish-boding”), and therefore the sister of the wolf Fenrir and the world serpent, Jormungand. Her body and face were described as half in light and half in darkness. She was half dead and half alive. Her face was at once beautiful to look upon and horrific in form.
Hel is cast into the netherworld and becomes the ruler of that underworld to which souls who have not died in battle will depart. As thanks for making Her ruler of the netherworld, Hel makes a gift to Odin. She gives him two ravens, Huginn and Muninn (Thought and Memory). Ravens are messengers between this realm and the next, opening pathways to death’s realm.
| MYTHOLOGY MEME | 1/7 norse deities: HEL, GODDESS OF DEATH AND RULER OF HELHEIM
Mama loves all her babies.
women of mythology - hel
daughter of trickster god loki and a giantess, she is the ruler of helhiem, appointed by odin himself. she is the maiden of death and the underworld. hel.
sad hel, more skeleton then girl, shadow then light, dead then living. she knew that there would be no happiness found for her in asgard, for there she was an anomaly amongst the beautiful and perfect. feared and misunderstood.
she found her place in niflheim, in a castle of ice, cold and snow, surrounded by her subjects. men and women that died without honour, who could not find rest and peace in valhalla.
Seven Norse Gods and Goddesses » Hel (7/7)
"Hail to you, Hela, stiller of strife.
Half fair, half rotten, mirror of life.
Cool is your comfort, equal for all.
Highways and alleys end in your hall.”
❝Time is elusive, lovely Hela. Its rules may be bent, but not broken. I cannot go back and change what happened. But I can make what happened, happen… And spend the rest of my very, very long life wondering which came first. ❞
—[Thor #12, John Michael Straczynski] + [Journey into Mystery #643, Kieron Gillen]
Daddy Loki with Fenrir Hela and Jormungand <3
Well (^w^)/ and now it’s colorful!
While Leonard could appreciate that sentiment— he wasn’t overly fond of sharing himself— the request sent up some pretty vibrant red flags. He knew a crossroads when he saw one.
"What could I possibly offer that would equal the worth of his life?" he asked, and shook his head. "My own? He’d just be down here, tryin’ to swap back before you even got me settled. There must be something you want, though."
Hela kept her eyes on the man. Reading him was easy - he was practically an open book, every emotion and inner thought written across his face clearly and plainly. She turned up her chin, folding her arms over her chest and regarding him with an air of supremacy.
“I do not know this man you wish to bring back from death, and I do not know what he has accomplished in his life. I do not know what would equal the worth of his life.” Her eyebrow quirked slightly, and she turned back towards her throne, glancing at him over her shoulder.
“The price is yours to make. What do you feel his life is worth?”
It’s almost a cruel sort of trickery - because if he chose something easily obtained, he would admit that his friend’s life was worth very little. But if he believed his friend was worth as much as she suspected he did, then it would be near impossible to save him.
She couldn’t make this a simple trade, or else everyone would come crawling to her realm to seek the return of their loved ones.