Valhalla - the Norse Hall of Fallen Heroes
A celestial fortress
According to old Norse mythology, Valhalla is the hall of fallen heroes, ruled by the King of Asgard, Odin. It is most famously described in the old Norse text, Grimnismal, which portrays Valhalla as being located within the gods’ celestial fortress in Asgard. Although it is worth noting that other sources have described it as being located underground, like the underworld.
The souls of the fallen are harvested from the battlefield and brought to the hall by the Valkyrie, Odin’s personal warrior maidens. Valhalla has 540 doors, through each of which, 800 warriors could walk abreast. The roof is made from shields, which shines gold and bright, its rafters formed from spears. Its seats are crafted from breastplates and surrounded the many feasting tables of the great hall. Outside, its gates are guarded by wolves.
The dead who inhabit Valhalla are called the einherjar, who fight one another throughout the day, and every night, their wounds heal completely, they then feast and drink with Odin. The meat comes from the magical boar Saehrimnier, who comes back to life every time it is slaughtered and eaten. The men are waited on by the radiant Valkyries, but they won’t enjoy this life forever, Odin has an ulterior reason for letting them reside there. He plans to utilise these battle-hardened warriors in his inevitable dual against the legendary wolf Fenrir during Ragnarok, a battle in which Odin and the einherjar are destined to die in.
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