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Valhalla
In Norse mythology, Valhalla (from Old Norse Valhöll "hall of the slain") is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja's field Fólkvangr. In Valhalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat, known as Einherjar, and various legendary heroes and kings, as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök. Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields. Various creatures live around Valhalla, such as the stag Eikþyrnir and the goat Heiðrún, both described as standing atop Valhalla and consuming the foliage of the tree Læraðr.

Valhalla is attested in the Eddas, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and in stanzas of the anonymous 10th century Norwegian poem Eiríksmál.

Valhalla in "The Old Grind"Edit

The valkyries descended onto the field at the Siege of Chartres and collected the souls of dead vikings to take home to Valhalla. Due to King Odin's bad eyesight, they also brought along Fenia, a living Orcadian giantess.

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