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The prayers and wishes of the living often affect the dead, Magnus. Mortals have always know that."

–Hel, to Magnus Chase.

Hel (Hella in other versions) is the daughter of Loki and Angrboða. She is the sister of Fenris Wolf and Jormungand, as well as the half-sister of Sleipnir and Samirah al-Abbas.

History

Hell was one of three children born to Loki and Angrboóa. As the children's birth were one of the catalysts for Ragnarök, she and her brothers were placed under carful watch, with Hel becoming queen of the dishonorable dead. After the death of Balder at her father's hands, she agreed to resurrect him only if all living things cried for the fallen god. All but a giantess wept for him.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Sword of Summer

Thor sends Magnus Chase to Blue Hill where he meets Hel. While there, she tells the son of Frey that for every soul that goes to Valhalla, a thousand more go to her. She tries to get Magnus to give his uncle Randolph Jack and abandon his quest in exchange to be reunited with his mother Natalie. Magnus refuses her offers and threatens to cut her in two if they ever met again. She then turns into snow and vanishes.

Appearance

Hel's left side body and face is described as "heart-achingly beautiful, about twenty-five years old, with her ermine cloak shimmering like a snowdrift rippling in the wind. The right side, however, is terrifying - withered skin, a skeletal hand, and leg, patches of blue ice covering decayed flesh, membrane-thin lips over rotten teeth, a milky-white eye and tufts of desiccated hair like black spider webs." She has a milky zombie gaze, which Magnus finds very unnerving.

Personality

Her half-sister, Samirah, describes Hel as even more deceitful then their father Loki. She also appears to take pity on those in her realm.

Abilities

  • Cryokinesis: As her world is cold and ice ridden, she may have control over ice and the cold.
    • Snow Mimicry: She is able to turn into a flurry of snow, as she did when leaving Magnus.
  • Necromancy: As the Goddess of the Dishonorable Dead, she has control over her subjects.

Trivia

  • Hel's Greco-Roman equivalent is Hades/Pluto.
  • Her Egyptian equivalent is Osiris.
  • Her name Hel means Hidden.
  • Her name was also adopted by the Christian to refer to their inferno, Hell.
  • Hel's appearance is similar to Melinoe's since one-half of their body is withered and the other half is pale.They also share scope as Goddess of Ghost.

References

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Core Series: The Sword of Summer | The Hammer of Thor| The Ship of the Dead
Main Characters: Magnus Chase | Alex Fierro | Blitzen | Halfborn Gunderson | Hearthstone | Mallory Keen | Samirah al-Abbas | Sumarbrander | Thomas Jefferson Jr.
Minor Characters: Annabeth Chase | Frederick Chase | Gunilla | Randolph Chase
Norse Gods: Freya | Frey | Thor | Loki | Odin | Frigg | Ullr | Vidar | Heimdall | Sif
Minor Gods: Hel | Mimir | Ran | Aegir
Jotnar: Surt | Utgard-Loki | Ymir
Monsters: Ratatosk | Jormungand | Fenris