Helheim Picture

You know, I'm always surprised at how many people don't read the image descriptions. Personally, I get kind of disappointed if someone doesn't have a good story for me on how the photo came to be. Like *vest. I love his stories.
As you may or may not know, I'm from Northern Minnesota, where we have a rather large Scandinavian population. Most people here have Norwegian or Swedish ancestry, and every summer there are several festivals and cultural gatherings celebrating it. We even have a park named after Leif Erickson, complete with a remade Viking ship. Heck, even our football team is named the Vikings. I myself am 1/4 Swedish and 1/8 Norwegian, and I do strange Scandinavian things like eat lefsa and silta during Christmas time and say things like 'oofda". We even have a weather guy named Sven Sungard.
Titles based on information found on Pantheon.org.

Helheim ("house of Hel") is one of the nine worlds of Norse mythology. It is ruled by Hel, the monstrous daughter of the trickster god Loki and his wife Angrboda.

This cold, dark and misty abode of the dead is located in the world of Niflheim, on the lowest level of the Norse universe. No one can ever leave this place, because of the impassable river Gjoll that flows from the spring Hvergelmir and encircles Helheim. Once they enter Helheim, not even the gods can leave. Those who die of old age or disease, and those not killed in battle, go to Helheim while those who die bravely on the battlefield go to Valhalla.

The entrance to Helheim is guarded by Garm, a monstrous hound, and Modgud. The giant Hraesvelg ("corpse eater") sits at the edge of the world, overlooking Helheim. In the form of an eagle with flapping wings he makes the wind blow.

Let me know if these look too dark for you. My laptop screen is unusually bright so I can never tell how dark to make an image.
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