Valhalla

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Etymology[edit]

New Latin, from Old Norse Valhǫll, from valr(dead warriors), and hǫll(hall).

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Proper noun[edit]

Valhalla

  1. In Norse mythology, the home of half of all warriors who died gloriously in battle as well as many of the Aesir.
    • 1791 May 1, “Moore's Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide”, in Monthly Review[1], London, page 24-25:
      [S]uch souls as were detruded from the body by any violent method went strait to Valhalla. (Latin original: Nostratibus sane hoc erat infallibiliter persuasum, animas, non vulgares, neque senio morbove, sec cruenta morte & vi corporibus exeuntes, recta ad Vahlallam ferri)

Noun[edit]

Valhalla ‎(plural Valhallas)

  1. (by extension) An abode of the gods or afterlife in general.
    • 1915, Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, Fifty-One Tales:
      “The swans are singing again,” said to one another the gods. And looking downwards, for my dreams had taken me to some fair and far Valhalla, I saw below me an iridescent bubble not greatly larger than a star shine beautifully but faintly, and up and up from it looking larger and larger came a flock of white, innumerable swans, singing and singing and singing, till it seemed as though even the gods were wild ships swimming in music.
    • 1959, Tom Lehrer, "We Will All Go Together When We Go":
      You will all go directly to your respective Valhallas.

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Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Valhalla

  1. Alternative form of Valhal

Portuguese[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Valhalla m

  1. (Norse mythology) Valhalla (the home of warriors slain gloriously in battle)