Loki's daughter is Goddess of the Underworld. She is sister to Fenrir and Jormungand. Hel is pictured as being half-white and half-black. She sets in judgement of souls which have not been able to go to Asgard's many halls. If you do not die in battle, chances are you will find yourself in Her realm. Helheim is located at the root of all existance, at the base of Yggdrasil. Jung compares it to the unconscious mind and the collective unconsciousness. Helheim can be quite pleasing or very unpleasent depending on what a soul truly deserves. It is not at all like the Christian Hell for it can be a place of rest.
Hel is not death nor any evil being; she neither kills nor torments. She takes the souls of the departed and holds them with an inexorable grip. She is the hard reality which lies at the end of all things.
I'd rather go to Hel than to Heaven anyday.
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