Full color comic commission for Arant. This was the first time I’ve ever done a fully colored comic for a commission and it was very fun! It might be something I offer in the future.
Based on Loki being a young god, barely past a century old and already having had children with Angrboda. Odin casts out his monstrous children, in this case Jormungand, and Loki doesn’t know why his ‘Aesir’ blood was not enough to wash out Angrboda’s. A mix of Marvel and mythology and I had a lot of fun making this!
[Also it is now completely against Tumblr’s policies to repost anything, so pleaseno reposting or you will be reported]
In Norse mythology, Helis the ruler of Helheim, the realm of the dead. She is the youngest child of the evil god Loki and the giantess Angrboda. She is usually described as a horrible hag, half alive and half dead, with a gloomy and grim expression. Her face and body are those of a living woman, but her thighs and legs are those of a corpse, mottled and moldering.
The gods had abducted Hel and her brothers from Angrboda’s hall. They cast her in the underworld, into which she distributes those who are send to her; the wicked and those who died of sickness or old age. Her hall in Helheim is called Eljudnir, home of the dead.
Hel is the daughter of Loki and Angrboda. She was sent to the underworld Helheim by Odin who made her the overseer of the dead. She is described as appearing human on one half of her body, while the other half is mottled representing death. Some texts say that she is bent, hunched, or otherwise haggard.
As heathens, we do not believe in the fiery damnation Christian version of “Hell”. Our “Hel” (only one ‘L’) is a place where we travel to after our bodies pass from Midgard (this earth that we are living on) if we did not die on the battle field. Those who die in battle are chosen by either Odinn or Freyja and are taken to Sessruminer (Freyja’s hall) or Odin’s hall, Valhalla. Hel rules over vast mansions with many servants in her underworld realm. In Baldrs draumar, we learn that Hel had decorated a lavish feasting table when she waited for Baldr to enter her hall.
Hel to us is not a scary place of eternal flames and torment. That being said, we do have a place in our texts referred to as Náströnd. Those who are murderers, oath-breakers, and otherwise corrupt while living, will have an eternity fitting their individual dishonor against humanity and nature.
Those who have lived just, honorable lives will have the chance to stand before a court and be “weighed and measured” for all intents and purposes to determine how they spent their lives, to review their actions while they were living. Our lives will be reviewed, our actions examined, and our fylgia will have the chance to speak on our behalf before the court. We will then be escorted to the places we are to spend our eternity – which could be Helheim or any other hall.
Helgafjell, the “holy mountain” was one idea of the afterlife which appears in West Norse sources. This mountain could be a mountain formation in the vicinity, and it was so sacred that people could not look in its direction without washing their face first. In the holy mountain, the members of the Norse clans would lead lives similar to the ones they had lived in the world of the living. Some psychic people could look into the mountain and what they saw was not intimidating, but instead it was a scene with a warm hearth, drinking and talking.
by Women of Asatru Additional reading: Ellis, Hilda Roderick. 1968. The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature.