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HOW DID VIKINGS GET TO VALHALLA?

FROM MUD TO GLORY The souls of Norse warriors could find themselves in one of two ‘halls of the slain’, where they could enjoy a never-ending banquet
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THE NORSE AND HIS HORSE

Odin, the god presiding over Valhalla, would be accompanied by two wolves and two ravens. His most impressive animal friend was Sleipnir, a horse with eight legs and teeth carved with runes who could run through the air.

For a Viking, what two things would be desired the most in the afterlife? Feasting and fighting, of course. If chosen to die by the mythical Valkyries, a Norse warrior longed to be welcomed by the god Odin into Valhalla, a magnificent hall with a roof thatched with golden shields, spears for rafters, and so large that 540 doors lined its walls.

The honoured dead, known as the Einherjar, spent all day honing their battle skills against each other in preparation for Ragnarök – the end of the world – then every night, their wounds magically healed and they partied like only Vikings could. Their drinking horns never emptied thanks to Heidrun, a goat on the roof of Valhalla that ate from a special tree and produced the finest mead, and there was always enough meat as the boar named Sæhrímnir came back to life after each slaughter so it could be cooked over and over.

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