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Níu Heimar: The Viking Saga



a part of Níu Heimar: The Viking Saga, by Sigurd.

Niflheim is the foggy underworld of snow and mist, where Helheim is located, below Svartalfheim at the very bottom of Yggdrasil's root system.

Sigurd holds sovereignty over Niflheim, giving them the ability to make limited changes.

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Welcome to Niflheim (pr. 'knife-ill-eye-heim'), the realm of the goddess Hel, whose stronghold exists at Helheim deep below at the lowest of netherworlds where no joy or happiness exists. Niflheim is a dark and gloomy land of fog and mist where everything is cold and desolate. There is no life in the realm of the dead, as all who come here are damned to suffer a loss of memory and existence after too long. Surprisingly, it is the lesser of the two dark netherworlds, as Helheim is even more unpleasant. There is no sun and time is meaningless in Niflheim, where the bridge called Gjallarbrú must be crossed to enter. The bridge is guarded by the shieldmaiden Modgud, and overlooks the noisy river Gjoll, where the great wolf Fenrir is chained to a boulder on a rock in the river, waiting to be unleashed. Gjoll is one of 11 rivers called the Elivagar which flows from a void called the Ginnungagap, located between Niflheim and Muspelheim at the start of the cosmos. Modgud allows the dead to enter freely into Niflheim, but few are those who return from it. Niflheim belongs to those who lived ordinary lives and died ungloriously, such as those who freeze to death. Gjoll river is made up of the souls of those who drowned.
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Niflheim is the foggy underworld of snow and mist, where Helheim is located, below Svartalfheim at the very bottom of Yggdrasil's root system.


Niflheim is a part of Yggdrasil.

2 Places in Niflheim: