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Valhalla

[val-hal-uh, vahl-hah-luh] /vælˈhæl ə, vɑlˈhɑ lə/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
1.
the hall of Odin into which the souls of heroes slain in battle and others who have died bravely are received.
Also, Valhall
[val-hal, val-hal] /vælˈhæl, ˈvæl hæl/ (Show IPA),
Walhalla, Walhall.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; Latinized form of Old Norse Valhǫll, equivalent to val(r) the slain in battle, slaughter (cognate with Old English wæl) + hǫll hall
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Valhalla

/vælˈhælə/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) the great hall of Odin where warriors who die as heroes in battle dwell eternally
Word Origin
C18: from Old Norse, from valr slain warriors + höllhall
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Word Origin and History for valhall
Valhalla
heavenly hall in which Odin receives the souls of heroes slain in battle, 1768, from O.N. Valhöll "hall of the battle-slain;" first element from valr "those slain in battle," from P.Gmc. *walaz (cf. O.E. wæl "slaughter, bodies of the slain," O.H.G. wal "battlefield, slaughter"), from PIE base *wele- "to strike, wound" (cf. Avestan vareta- "seized, prisoner," L. veles "ghosts of the dead," O.Ir. fuil "blood," Welsh gwel "wound"). Second element is from höll "hall," from PIE base *kel- "to conceal" (see cell). Reintroduced by 18c. antiquaries. Figurative sense is from 1845.
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valhall in Culture
Valhalla [(val-hal-uh)]

In Norse mythology, a dwelling in Asgard, the Norse heaven, reserved for the souls of those who died heroic deaths.

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