Rules to Enter Valhalla

The­re are no known “rules” for tra­ve­ling to Val­hal­la. As I wro­te in an arti­cle yes­ter­day, we don‘t real­ly know what Old Norse‘s views of the after­li­fe were. The sto­ry says that the Aesir pro­phe­sied his arri­val and pre­pa­red gre­at illu­si­ons for him, so that when Gan­ger­li enters the fort­ress, he sees a room of such height, he finds it dif­fi­cult to see over it, noti­cing that the roof of the hall is cove­r­ed with gol­den shiel­ds, as if they were shin­gles. Snor­ri quo­tes a stan­za from Hvinir‘s skald Þjóðól­fr (c. 900). As he con­ti­nues, Gang­le­ri sees a man in the door­way of the hall, juggling short swords and hol­ding seven in the air at the same time. Among other things, the man says that the hall belongs to his king and adds that he can bring Gang­le­ri to the king. Gang­le­ri fol­lows him and the door clo­ses behind him. All around him, he sees many living spaces and crowds, some play­ing games, others drin­king, and others figh­t­ing with weapons.

Gang­le­ri sees three thro­nes and three figu­res sit­ting on them: high on the lowest thro­ne, sit­ting just as high on the next upper thro­ne and third on the hig­hest. The man who runs Gang­le­ri tells him that High is the king of the room. [11] As alrea­dy men­tio­ned, the con­stant strugg­le that takes place in Val­hal­la is one of the defi­ning cha­rac­te­ris­tics of the place. The medi­eval Danish his­to­ri­an Saxo Gram­ma­ti­cus descri­bes how the hero Had­ding dis­co­vers such a place in the under­world. [8] Moreo­ver, the name Val­höll, “the hall of the dead”, seems to be clear­ly lin­ked to the name Val­hallr, “the rock of the dead”, a tit­le given to some rocks and hills whe­re the dead lived in sou­thern Swe­den, one of the lar­gest his­to­ri­cal cen­ters of wor­s­hip of Odin. [9] [10] When win­ter came, it sno­wed so much that the Vikings were able to snow to build fortres­ses. They used their fortres­ses as a batt­le are­na. The snow­ball fight was not only enter­tai­ning for the kids, but also for trai­ning them with thro­wing skills. I don‘t want to spam his name too loud­ly, but. almost sure Jack­son Craw­ford has a video about it.

As far as I know, the “rules” are that you die in batt­le. It is liter­al­ly the hall of the dead, with spears and shiel­ds as a roof and chain mail as pad­ding on the ben­ches. (Source: Grím­nis­mál (I think)). Val­hal­la was first men­tio­ned in two anony­mous poems hono­ring the deaths of two gre­at kings – Erik Bloo­da­xe, who was kil­led at York in 954, and Hakon the Good of Nor­way, who died in batt­le in 961. The descrip­ti­ons reflec­ted an aristo­cra­tic view of life, with only a select few ent­e­ring Odin‘s room. In addi­ti­on, Viking child­ren were able to train their disci­pli­ne and rules through the game. Ever­yo­ne had to know and silent­ly swe­ar not to inten­tio­nal­ly hurt the oppo­nent during the match. If you want to par­ti­ci­pa­te, you have to cur­se and the rule has been taken serious­ly. Tho­se who bro­ke the rules were cal­led Níðin­gr, one of the worst cri­tics of the Viking Age. We know from Viking legends that Viking boys would reach adult­hood when they reached the age of 12. Bru­tal war­ri­ors were once inno­cent children.

But the warrior‘s blood flowed through their veins from birth until the days they ent­e­red Val­hal­la. Howe­ver, not all Viking boys had the pro­fes­sio­nal envi­ron­ment to train. Only tho­se born into wealt­hy fami­lies could have the chan­ce to learn dif­fe­rent figh­t­ing skills and tech­ni­ques. This does not mean that only child­ren of rich fami­lies can beco­me war­ri­ors. In fact, child­ren in the lower clas­ses could have play­ed war games. They may have trai­ned fol­lowing their fathers to farm, hunt or fish. Even though they did not learn the figh­t­ing tech­ni­ques during their cul­ti­va­ti­on, they were able to deve­lop their endu­ran­ce. In Nor­se mytho­lo­gy (/vælˈhælə, vɑːlˈhɑːlə/;[ 1]) is the angli­ci­zed name of Old Nor­se: Val­hǫll (“Hall of the Kil­led”). [2] It is descri­bed as a majes­tic hall in Asgard ruled by the god Odin. Half of tho­se who die in batt­le come to Val­hal­la, while the other half are cho­sen by the god­dess Frey­ja to live in Fólk­van­gr. The mas­ses of tho­se kil­led in batt­le (known as Ein­her­jar) live with various legen­da­ry Ger­ma­nic heroes and kings from Val­hal­la to Ragna­r­ök when they come out of its many gates to help Odin against the Jöt­nar. The two are pret­ty much the same.

Howe­ver, war­ri­or lea­ders went to Val­hal­la, while regular/Viking sol­di­ers went to Fölk­van­gr. The life of a Viking war­ri­or was usual­ly bru­tal and short. In this case, up to 15 hor­ses were slaugh­te­red and desi­gned for use in the other world. And you have to ima­gi­ne the impact it would have had on view­ers. Tho­se who were not kil­led in action went to Hel to rest — it is true. Tho­se who died in batt­le went to Val­höll or Fölk­van­gr — that‘s true. Howe­ver, the sol­di­ers were even­ly dis­tri­bu­t­ed. It is accep­ted faith.

In addi­ti­on, Freya recei­ved the first selec­tion of the dead for Fólk­van­gr and left Odin, if she did not want to, for Val­höll. Val­hal­la is men­tio­ned at length in the poem Grím­nis­mál and Hel­ga­k­viða Hun­dings­ba­na II, while Val­hal­la recei­ves less direct men­ti­ons in stan­za 32 of Völus­pá, whe­re the death of the god Bal­dr is cal­led the “grief of Valhalla”,[5] and in ver­ses 1 to 3 of Hynd­lul­jóð, whe­re the god­dess Frey­ja decla­res her inten­ti­on to ascend with Hynd­la to Val­hal­la. in an effort to help Óttar, as well as in ver­ses 6–7, whe­re Val­hal­la is men­tio­ned again during a dis­pu­te bet­ween the two. [6] This stan­za is fol­lo­wed by pro­se, which indi­ca­tes that a buri­al mound was made for Hel­gi. After Hel­gi arri­ved at Val­hal­la, Odin asked her to sort things out with him. In stan­za 39, Hel­gi, now in Val­hal­la, has his for­mer enemy Hun­ding do meni­al work – also in Val­hal­la; He fet­ched foot baths for all the men pre­sent, lit fires, tied up dogs, wat­ched over hor­ses and fed pigs befo­re he could sleep. In ver­ses 40–42, Hel­gi returns to Mid­gard with a crowd of men from Val­hal­la. An anony­mous maid from Sig­rún, Helgi‘s Val­ky­rie wife, sees Hel­gi and his lar­ge group of men clim­bing the hill.

The maid asks her if she has a deli­ri­um, if Ragna­r­ök will be star­ted or if Hel­gi and her men have been allo­wed to return. [9] Source: Ellis, Hil­da Rode­rick. 1968. Der Weg nach Hel: Eine Stu­die über die Kon­zep­ti­on der Toten in der alt­nor­di­schen Lite­ra­tur. pp. 85–86. At the begin­ning of Skálds­ka­par­mál, a par­ti­al­ly euhe­me­ri­zed account is given of how Ægir visits the gods of Asgard and the shim­me­ring swords are taken out and used as the only source of light while they drink. The­re are many gods, they have a lot of strong mead, and the hall has wall panels cove­r­ed with attrac­ti­ve shiel­ds. [18] This loca­ti­on is con­fir­med in chap­ter 33 as Valhalla.

[19] What kind of dream is this, Odin? I drea­med that I would get up befo­re sun­ri­se to clean Val-Hall for peop­le kil­led. I woke up the Ein­heri­ar, asked them to get up to sprink­le the ben­ches, clean the beer cups, the Val­ky­ri­es to ser­ve wine for the arri­val of a prince. [20] The mys­te­ry of the death of an anci­ent Egyp­ti­an pha­raoh has been fasci­na­ting sin­ce the first dis­co­very of his tomb in 1922. What is the truth about how he died? The sagas and skal­dic ver­ses – poems writ­ten at the court of Nor­se rulers – assu­me that tho­se who were invi­ted to Val­hal­la had shown mar­ti­al qua­li­ties of bra­very and honor. But tho­se who acted dis­ho­no­r­ab­ly could be exclu­ded fore­ver. The anci­ent Ice­lan­dic saga Njal tells us that a Viking who sedu­ced the daugh­ter of his bene­fac­tor and bur­ned down a pagan temp­le would be “banis­hed from Val­hal­la fore­ver”. So whe­re was Val­hal­la? It depends on the source you are con­sul­ting. Well, you had to have at least five years of expe­ri­ence for the Val­hal­la internship The poe­tic Eddas say that Freya cho­se half of the dead in batt­le and the other half went to Odin in Val­hal­la, the Val­ky­ri­es only take the kil­led after Freya cho­se her half. Odin gave this right to Freya as a sign of kind­ness to the Vanir to end the war bet­ween them and the Aesir and make their friendship.

Freya lived with her bro­ther Freyr with the Aesir in Asgard, Fólk­van­gr is in Asgard and not in Vana­heim, Freya‘s home­world. The­se view­ers would have remem­be­red it all their lives, and they in turn would have pas­sed on sto­ries about what they had seen through the genera­ti­ons, so that whoever boar­ded this ship to the next life would never for­get. Val­hal­la is often por­tray­ed as an empi­re whe­re respec­ted war­ri­ors are enga­ged in con­ti­nuous com­bat, and it is pre­cise­ly a place descri­bed in important anci­ent sources as being under­ground and, inte­res­tin­g­ly, without the name “Val­hal­la” or a rela­ted place any­whe­re in the report. From stanz­as 22 to 24, Odin gives more details about Val­hal­la: the sac­red gates of the anci­ent Val­grind gate stand in front of Val­hal­la, Val­hal­la has five hund­red and for­ty gates, so that eight hund­red men can pass at the same time (from whe­re the Ein­her­jar will flow to attack the wolf Fenrir in Ragna­r­ök). At Val­hal­la, Thor‘s Bils­kir­nir Hall exists, and the­re are five hund­red and for­ty rooms, and of all the rooms in Val­hal­la, Odin says he thinks his son‘s might be the lar­gest. [8] In ver­ses 25–26, Odin says that the Heiðrún goat and the tough Eikþyr­nir stand on Val­hal­la and gra­ze on the bran­ches of the Læraðr tree. The Heiðrún udder pro­du­ces vats with mead, an incom­pa­ra­ble liqu­or, and the woods of Eikþyr­nir drain liquid into the Hver­gel­mir spring, from whe­re all the water flows. [8] Accord­ing to the Old Nor­se poem Grím­nis­mál (“The Song of the Mas­ked Man”), the roof of the “gol­den” Val­hal­la con­sists of shiel­ds and spears for its rafters.

Cui­rass seats sur­round the many ban­quet tables in the huge hall. Its gates are guar­ded by wol­ves and eagles fly over them. [2] In chap­ter 39, Gang­le­ri asks about the food and drink con­su­med by the Ein­her­jar and asks if the­re is only water available.