The impact of Nordic mythology on Britain was two fold. The first was the coming of the Anglo-Saxon with their Germanic faith. Later the Danish invasion brought the Northern Germanic versions of the faith to the island.
In Norse mythology, Loki is a trickster god and capable of changing his shape. He is also the father – and in once case the mother – of a group of fantastical creatures, most of which play a large role in the religion of the Vikings.
HEL – Daughter of Loki and Angrbotha
Ruler of a realm that bears her name, Hel was believed to be a death goddess. To “go to Hel” was to die, specifically off the battlefield of illness or old age. The Norse believed that all those who died off the glorious field of war would be denied entry to Odin’s great feasting hall of Valhalla, and would instead freeze for all eternity in Hel.
Hel was believed to have a face split into two halves, one of them beautiful and the other hideously ugly. An enemy of Odin, Hel and her many servants were believed to…
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