Most Vikings were sent to the afterlife in one of two ways—cremation or burial . Cremation (often upon a funeral pyre) was particularly common among the earliest Vikings , who were fiercely pagan and believed the fire’s smoke would help carry the deceased to their afterlife.
Etymology. Originally a Norse greeting, “heil og sæl” had the form “heill ok sæll” when addressed to a man and “heil ok sæl” when addressed to a woman.
Niflheim , Old Norse Niflheimr , 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).
In the Viking Age, people would pray to the goddesses Frigg and Freyja, and sing ritual galdr-songs to protect the mother and the child. Children were often named after deceased ancestors and the names of deities could be a part of the name.
When Vikings died they believed they would go to Valhalla, where they would spend their afterlife. Warriors who had died bravely would be carried by the Valkyries to Valhalla. There they would be welcomed to the afterlife by the god Odin, with whom they would feast every night.
Vikings were given courage in battle by their belief in a glorious afterlife . They thought brave warriors had a good chance of reaching Valhalla, a great hall presided over by the god Odin, the treacherous god of battle and poetry. Here they would enjoy a long age of fighting and feasting.
Skol (written “skål” in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish and “skál” in Faroese and Icelandic or “skaal” in transliteration of any of those languages) is the Danish-Norwegian-Swedish word for “cheers”, or “good health”, a salute or a toast, as to an admired person or group.
Old Norse , Old Nordic , or Old Scandinavian was a North Germanic language that was spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and their overseas settlements from about the 7th to the 15th centuries.
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In Marvel’s comic book mythology, Hela is Thor’s niece, being the daughter of Loki , or a Loki , at least; it gets complicated, in that Loki has been resurrected on a number of occasions. As Loki’s daughter , Hela has been a longtime thorn in the side of both Thor and Odin.
Hel , in Norse mythology, originally the name of the world of the dead; it later came to mean the goddess of death. Hel was one of the children of the trickster god Loki, and her kingdom was said to lie downward and northward.
The best-known vision of the Norse afterlife is that of Valhalla, the hall of the heroes where warriors chosen by the Valkyries feast with the god Odin, tell stories from their lives, and fight each other in preparation for the final battle of Ragnarök, the end of the world and death of the gods .
Thor and Odin are still going strong 1000 years after the Viking Age. Many think that the old Nordic religion – the belief in the Norse gods – disappeared with the introduction of Christianity. Today there are between 500 and 1000 people in Denmark who believe in the old Nordic religion and worship its ancient gods.
Meet two present-day Vikings who aren’t only fascinated by the Viking culture – they live it. The Vikings are warriors of legend. In the old Viking country on the west coast of Norway, there are people today who live by their forebears’ values, albeit the more positive ones.
Old Norse religion , also known as Norse paganism, is the most common name for a branch of Germanic religion which developed during the Proto- Norse period, when the North Germanic peoples separated into a distinct branch of the Germanic peoples. It was replaced by Christianity during the Christianization of Scandinavia.