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There's some suggestion that the Vikings preferred dying at home because then they could join the family in death, and Hel was believed to be a neutral place like the world of the living, not the cold, wet and boring place the Christians later said it was. If that's true, going to Valhalla was probably a perk of dying in battle. You couldn't be with you loved ones, but you got to party in Valhalla.

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6 days ago #9802553        
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Ah, I knew the Internet wouldn't let me down.
https://i.imgur.com/SJMF6o2.jpg

(Local copy. It's a wallpaper, someplace, but I don't like to link those sites since someone got a virus..)

6 days ago #9802516        
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Gives combat nurses a whole new meaning.

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3 days ago #9802827        
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I found a funny video with a sweedish navyship greeting a norwegian navyship with a waterhose https://youtu.be/Fyp53qb3E4A

4 days ago #9802747        
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Intrestingly, Helsinki airports abbreviation is "HEL".


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5 days ago #9802649        
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There was another way to get into Valhalla. If you were a good enough warrior, you'd probably end up dying in your bed simply because you were too good in battle. For those warriors, they could get into Valhalla by carving Tyr's rune into their flesh on their death bed, and die with that open wound.
It's also hard to say how much people liked the thought of Valhalla. There were probably times when it seemed like a good deal and other times when it didn't.

Folkvanger was another option, although you had little say in whether you went there. You had to be picked by Freya, so perhaps it was a good idea to groom yourself before battle.

Ultimately we know very little, mainly because Horatio Nelson destroyed like 90% of all relics of that period before anyone had figured out how to translate them.


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5 days ago #9802597        
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I've read that there was a distinction between Helheim, which was dull and not nearly as good as Valhalla but open to all those who died unremarkable deaths, and Nastrond, which was where the Wyrm Nidhogg chewed on Murderers, Adulterers and Oathbreakers.


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5 days ago #9802570        
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Yeah even I would rather die at home than dying outside.

6 days ago #9802531        
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Me: It would be one HEL of a hospital!

Also me, about 5 minutes later: But they're going to Valhalla, not Helheim

Me: Shut the HEL up!

6 days ago #9802520        
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Your picture of Hel is probably accurate. Most likely ALL of the gods had a place for the dead in their halls, so your afterlife was a matter of choice- you could go to your favorite god or go to hel, as a kind of "default" afterlife.
And I would love to see a drawing of this "battle nurse" she would have to be badass!


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17 hours ago #9803020        
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@DanishPride Sounds like they didn't want to be a PARTY to leaving their family


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