Hell spelled Hel in parts of the KJV-1611
Did you know that the secular meaning behind the word
'hell,' just as the original meaning of 'hades' simply meant
“hidden, out of sight?” Yep, in the ancient German, when two young
folks went to a dark place to hide for some necking, they “went to
hel,” they hid somewhere. Our English words helmut, hall,
hole, and heel, all stem from the German word
hele. The religious meaning of the word Hell came from
Germany too -- actually it came from Teutonic mythology.
Hele was a
goddess of the underworld in ancient folklore.
the name of the Norse underworld, and its ruler. Hel/Hela, in
Norse mythology, was the hideous daughter of the Giant Loki, banished to the
netherworld, Helheim (literally, 'house of
Hel'), world of the dead, by the Chief God, Odin. The distinctive
looking Goddess, whose skin is black on one side, rules over the dead until
Ragnarok and the coming birth of the new world.
Hel is sister of Fenris,
the wolf, and Jormungand, the world-serpent.
The name for the Christian
world of torment "Hell" is derived from Hela's abode. Unlike the Christian
version, however, Hel's realm was home to all who did not die in battle -
miserable as it was, good behavior wasn't any more likely to get one a reprieve.
Helheim's entrance works only in one direction- once one has entered, even a
God, one cannot leave - like the Greek Hades, Helheim is guarded by a monstrous
hound, and encircled by an impassable river. According to legend, the dead will
remain in Hel's kingdom until the last days of