Quote1 Hel is a world bound to the mind of its mistress and queen, Hela, Ruler of the Dead. The realm shifts by her will. Its laws are ancient, and her whims can twist those laws until they scream... but not until they break. As Valhalla is a realm of honor, and Faerie a realm of temptation... Hel is the realm of trials. Sometimes, Hel is a pit. Sometimes, Hel is a palace. Now, Hel is a puzzle box. It's not a place of sheer suffering, you ought to know. For the wicked, it is punishment. For the righteous, it is reward. For everyone else, it's pretty chill. No Taco Tuesdays, and no Wi-Fi, but, you know. Still pretty chill... Quote2
-- Sera src


Hel is a region of Niffleheim.[citation needed]

Odin, ruler of the Asgardian gods, decreed that Hela the daughter of Loki would become 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 built in a distant section of Asgard to house them.[citation needed]

Hel is not at all a bad place, parts of it, like Elysium, are an afterlife paradise while other parts are seen as dark and gloomy. Hel is not a place of punishment, but simply a resting place for the normal dead people. It may be reached by taking a road known as the Helway, which begins with a cave called Gnipahellir.[citation needed]

Also associated with Hel is Nastrond, on the far shores of Gjoll, which translates as "corpse strand," and is home to various giant serpents.[citation needed]

Points of Interest


  • Hela
  • Draugr
  • All the deceased residents of the Nine Realms.


  • Unlike the Christian purgatory, it is not an abode of punishment, but simply a resting place for the dead.
  • Hela has no control over Valhalla, the home of fallen heroes.


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