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Niflheim

[niv-uh l-heym] /ˈnɪv əlˌheɪm/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
1.
a place of eternal cold, darkness, and fog, ruled over by Hel: abode of those who die of illness or old age.
Origin
< Old Norse Niflheimr, equivalent to nifl- (cognate with Old English nifol darkness, Old High German nebal mist, cloud, Latin nebula (see nebula)) + heimr world, home
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Niflheim

/ˈnɪvəlˌheɪm/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) the abode of the dead
Word Origin
Old Norse, literally: mist home
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in Norse mythology, the cold, dark, misty world of the dead, ruled by the goddess Hel. In some accounts it was the last of nine worlds, a place into which evil men passed after reaching the region of death (Hel). Situated below one of the roots of the world tree, Yggdrasill, Niflheim contained a well, Hvergelmir, from which many rivers flowed. In the Norse creation story, Niflheim was the misty region north of the void (Ginnungagap) in which the world was created

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