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Hel's Grip

Hel was an Isu and the goddess of underworld and death in Helheim in Norse mythology.


Hel was the personification of the area with the same name as part of Helheim, living beneath one of the roots of Yggdrasil. In Heimskringla, it is said she was one of Loki and Angrboða's children alongside her siblings Fenrir and Jörmungandr, and was appointed by Odin himself to rule her domain. According to the Prose Edda, Hel played a key role in the attempted resurrection of Baldr.[1]


Hel was born in a cave beneath a waterfall just south of the Heart of the Wood in Jötunheimr,[2] an illegitimate child resulting from Loki's affair with his mistress Angrboða.[3]

Years later, Havi encountered a member of the Einherjar, a human named Motull, at a well in Asgard named after Hel. In despair at being separated from his wife Ronnow, who was taken to in Helheim, he requested that Havi send him to Hel's domain in a desperate attempt to be reunited.[4]

Legacy and influence

Hel had a totem named after her in the popular dice game Orlog. The piece "Hel's Grip" would heal the caster for every damage dealt with axes. An Anglo-Saxon woman in Buckingham, Oxenefordscire possessed the piece, which she gave to the Viking shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir of the Raven Clan after being defeated.[5]



  1. Wikipedia-W-visual-balanced.svg Hel (being) on Wikipedia
  2. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaMistress of the Iron Wood
  3. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaAnimus Anomalies
  4. Assassin's Creed: ValhallaHel's Well
  5. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla