March 27, 2002
The Norse had a Hell before the Christians did. It was Hel. Hel was both the name of a hag Loki had with him to bring the sick and aged and it was the name of the great hall in which these people were brought. Hel existed underground where Odin put them to keep them at bay from being the danger they were seen as by Odin. However, the Christian Hell is a final stop whereas Hel came before Niflheim where the wicked went. In Niflheim, a whirlpool existed where the dragon Nidhogg chewed the world tree Yggdrasil's deepest root.