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Valhalla \Val*hal"la\, n. [Icel. valh["o]ll, literally, hall of the slain; valr the slain (akin to AS. w[ae]l, OHG. wal battlefield, wuol defeat, slaughter, AS. w[=o]l pestilence) + h["o]ll a royal hall. See Hall, and cf. Walhalla.]

  1. (Scand. Myth.) The palace of immortality, inhabited by the souls of heroes slain in battle.

  2. Fig.: A hall or temple adorned with statues and memorials of a nation's heroes; specifically, the Pantheon near Ratisbon, in Bavaria, consecrated to the illustrious dead of all Germany.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

heavenly hall in which Odin receives the souls of heroes slain in battle, 1696 (in Archdeacon Nicolson's "English Historical Library"), from Old Norse Valhöll "hall of the battle-slain;" first element from valr "those slain in battle," from Proto-Germanic *walaz (cognates: Old English wæl "slaughter, bodies of the slain," Old High German wal "battlefield, slaughter"), from PIE root *wele- (2) "to strike, wound" (cognates: Avestan vareta- "seized, prisoner," Latin veles "ghosts of the dead," Old Irish fuil "blood," Welsh gwel "wound"). Second element is from höll "hall," from PIE root *kel- (2) "to conceal" (see cell). Reintroduced by 18c. antiquaries. Figurative sense is from 1845.


n. In Norse mythology, the home of warriors slain gloriously in battle.

Valhalla, NY -- U.S. Census Designated Place in New York
Population (2000): 5379
Housing Units (2000): 1886
Land area (2000): 2.675387 sq. miles (6.929220 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.846023 sq. miles (2.191190 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.521410 sq. miles (9.120410 sq. km)
FIPS code: 76639
Located within: New York (NY), FIPS 36
Location: 41.087195 N, 73.774511 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 10595
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Valhalla, NY

In Norse mythology, Valhalla (from Old NorseValhöll "hall of the slain") is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja's field Fólkvangr. In Valhalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat known as Einherjar, as well as various legendary Germanic heroes and kings, as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök. Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields. Various creatures live around Valhalla, such as the stag Eikþyrnir and the goat Heiðrún, both described as standing atop Valhalla and consuming the foliage of the tree Læraðr.

Valhalla is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla, also written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in stanzas of an anonymous 10th century poem commemorating the death of Eric Bloodaxe known as Eiríksmál as compiled in Fagrskinna. Valhalla has inspired various works of art, publication titles, popular culture references, and has become a term synonymous with a martial (or otherwise) hall of the chosen dead.

Valhalla (comics)

Valhalla is a Danish comic book series. Originally commissioned for and published by Interpresse, it has been published by Carlsen Comics since 1987.

Valhalla (disambiguation)

Valhalla is an afterlife "hall of the slain" in Norse mythology.

Valhalla may also refer to:

Valhalla (video game)

Valhalla is a ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 adventure game published in 1983 by Legend.

Valhalla (crater)

Valhalla is the largest multi-ring impact crater on Jupiter's moon Callisto and in the Solar System. It is named after Valhalla, the God Odin's hall in Norse mythology where warriors are taken after death.

Valhalla consists of a bright central region 360 km across, an inner ridge and trough zone and striking concentric rings extending up to about 1,900 km from the center. Several large impact craters and catenae are superimposed on Valhalla. Valhalla multi-ring system is of impact origin and may have formed as semi-liquid or liquid material underlying the brittle lithosphere punctured by the impactor slumped towards the center of the crater following the impact.

Valhalla (audio drama)

Valhalla is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series '' Doctor Who.

Valhalla (Poolesville, Maryland)

Valhalla, also known as Rosedale, is a historic home located at Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. It is a two-story house constructed of local Seneca sandstone, to which are attached a c. 1835 -story log structure, and two small 20th-century one-story frame wings.

Valhalla was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Valhalla (Marathon)

Valhalla is a neighborhood within the city of Marathon in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is located in the middle Florida Keys on the island of Crawl Key.

Valhalla (Pleasure Beach Blackpool)

Valhalla is a large indoor dark ride at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Lancashire, England. It was opened on 14 June 2000 at a cost of £15 million (equivalent to more than £23 million in 2015) - one of the most expensive water rides ever to be built - and is the longest indoor dark ride in the world. Both a dark ride and a water ride, Valhalla uses special effects which incorporate fire, water, snow, thunder and lightning.

Valhalla (Metro-North station)

The Valhalla Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of Valhalla, New York, via the Harlem Line. Trains leave or arrive approximately every 20 minutes during peak periods, hourly otherwise, to Mount Kisco, Southeast or Grand Central Terminal. It is from Grand Central Terminal and the average travel time to Grand Central is 41 minutes.

The station is popular with commuters from the interior of northern Westchester County given its location at the foot of the Taconic State Parkway.

This station is the northernmost station in the Zone 5 Metro-North fare zone.

Valhalla (film)

Valhalla is a Danish animated feature film released in 1986 by Metronome, based on volumes one, four and five of the comic book series of the same name, in its turn based on the Scandinavian tales of the Norse mythology, as they are told in Snorri Sturlusons so called Younger Edda (c. 1230). It was directed by Disney animator Jeffrey J. Varab and cartoonist Peter Madsen.

The film was the most expensive Danish film of 1986 and proved popular with audiences, however the company failed to regain the cost of production and, as a result, the film became a financial flop at the box office.

Valhalla (youth portal)

Valhalla is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ portal for children and youth culture in Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland Islands. The portal features current developments taking place in architecture and design, visual art, dance and theatre, multicultural issues, film and media, research and education, games and physical exercise, literature and music in the Nordic region.

Primarily aimed at adults working with children and youth culture, the portal can also serve as a source of reference for young people and other persons who are interested in these issues. Valhalla’s objectives are:

  • to give information about children and youth culture in the Nordic countries
  • to give information about national activities with a common Nordic relevance
  • to share ideas and experience with all those working with children, youth and culture in the Nordic countries
  • to create opportunities for contacts and network building in this field

Valhalla's editorial staff consists of a number of Nordic editors-in-chief and national editors in the Nordic countries and the autonomous areas. The national editors are responsible for national news and arrangements. Valhalla is administered by Nifin – the Nordic Institute in Finland.

Usage examples of "valhalla".

He remembered to go around the long way and enter Valhalla Drive from the north side so as to avoid that movie mess.

Even their rudimentary mythos was dominated by the hunt, by legends of a kind of ornitholestes Valhalla.

Florida rush-hour traffic bring them to the Deleon exit and Pindo Palm Boulevard and the nicely guarded entrance of Valhalla Village.

Those who have won fame by puissant feats and who die in battle are snatched by the Valkyrs from the sod to Valhalla.

For if he be devout, he tells you that he firmly believes that when the body dies the soul goes to Heaven, which is equivalent to Olympus, Elysium, Arcadia, Garden of Hesperides, Valhalla, Walhalla, Paradise, or Nirvana, as the case may be.

In the great hall Valhalla reigned Odin, king of the Aesir, and his wife Frigga.

Odin paused, and a shudder seemed to run through all the Aesir in that great hall, Valhalla.

And tonight, Jarl Keith, you sit with the Aesir at our nightly feast, here in Valhalla.

So I purchased a beautiful tract in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

Two days later, having bored the girlfriend and her parents rigid with her obsessive monologue, Natasha was forced to return to Valhalla as she was due back at Bagley Hall that evening.

Odin had been prattling on, excited as of late over the impending arrival into Valhalla of his son Thor's favorite human warrior, Ragnar the Feared.

The Valhalla syndrome afflicted many of his kind throughout the world, for it was Minck's firm conviction that he possessed a power fully as great as the spear Wotan had fashioned out of the World Ash Tree, the spear by which he controlled all creatures, even the giant Fafnir, the spear by which he need only touch someone to end their life.

Tanked up on brew, brain flying high, visions of Avalon, Valhalla, Olympus, the Holy Bar and Grill dancing willy-nilly in his noodle Joan of Arc, watch out.

At the long Norwegian banquet table, Victor Tremont and his four guests dined on a feast that could have come from Valhalla itself--- wild duck confit with shitaki mushrooms, poached local lake trout, and venison shot by Tremont himself, with braised Belgian endive, potatoes dauphin, and a Rhone Hermitage reduction sauce.

Valhalla, with its tennis and squash courts, cricket pitch, which the village team was occasionally allowed to use, and huge swimming-pool protectively ringed with limes, was a paradise for teenagers.