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Possibly borrowed from Old Norse mund-spilli. The ultimate origin is disputed, but one suggestion includes Latin mundus (world) + Proto-Germanic *spilþijaną (to kill, ruin, murder), thus meaning "destruction of the world."[1] More at Muspilli.

Cognates include Old Saxon mūdspelli, Old High German muspilli. More at spill.

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  1. (Norse mythology and Germanic paganism) The primordial realm of fire which existed to the south of Ginnungagap.
    • 2003, Kim Farnell, Reading the Runes, A Beginner's Guide, Zambezi Publishing, →ISBN, page 21:
      At the beginning of time there was Muspell, which was the realm of Fire.
    • 2005, Diana Paxson, Taking Up the Runes, Weiser Books, →ISBN, page 323:
      Certainly the encounter between the cold of Niflheim and the fires of Muspel suggests the chemical reactions that led to the evolution of the planetary surface and its atmosphere.


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  1. ^ Heliand und Genesis, ed. Otto Behaghel, 8th ed. by Walther Mitzka, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1965