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Hel Photos

Official Portrait
Every queen needs an official portrait to hang in her hall, and this is mine. Here, I'm holding my royal scepter and I'm accompanied by my faithful watchdog, Garmr. [Johannes Gehrts, "Hel," in Felix and Therese Dahn, Walhall: Germanische Götter- und Heldensagen. Breitköpf und Hartel, 1901.]

Director of the Dead
If you look closely, you can see the dead in the background, making their way to my hall. I have to direct them—it's not easy to find. [Karl Ehrenberg, "Hel," in Wilhelm Wägner, Nordisch-germanische Götter und Helden, Otto Spamer: Leipzig and Berlin, 1882. p. 233.]

Death really scares people. Even though I'm really just a caretaker of souls, this artist seems to think I'm a scary skeleton who plans to attack the Valkyries during Valhalla (so not going to happen!). [Ludvig Abelin Schou, "Hel og Valkyrien: Skizze til Ragnarok [Hel and the Valkyries: Sketch to Ragnarok]" in P. Johansen, Nordisk Oldtid og Dansk Kunst, 1907. p. 107]

Family Portrait Day
Here I am with my brothers, Fenrir and Jormungand. My mom, Angrboda, is in the background. This portrait was painted just a few days before we were all kidnapped and imprisoned. I haven't seen my brothers since. ["Lokis Gezücht [Loki's Brood]" in Emil Doepler, Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Berlin: Martin Oldenbourg, 1905. p. 43]

Bargaining for Balder
Frigg sent Hermod to Hel to bargain for Balder's return to the world of the living. After some pestering, I finally agreed to release him if they could get everything on earth to weep for Balder. They couldn't. [MS SÁM 66, 75r, Árni Magnússon Institute, Iceland. 18th Century]

Bad Picture
I sort of hate the way this picture of me turned out. I look like an old hag. [John Charles Dollman, "Hermod Before Hela," in H.A. Guerber, Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas. London: Harrap, 1909. p. 210]

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