Niffelheim is one of the Nine Worlds. It is the far northern region of icy fogs and mists, darkness and cold. It is situated on the lowest level of the universe. The realm of death, Hel is part of the vast, cold region. Niffelheim lies underneath the third root of Yggdrasil, close to the spring Hvergelmir. Also situated on this level is Nastrond, the Shore of Corpses, where the serpent Nidhogg eats corpses and gnaws on the roots of Yggdrasil.
Niflheim is the darkest and coldest region, mentioned in the Edda. It was the first of the Nine Worlds, created in the empty Abyss Ginnungagap. Niffelheim was placed in the northern region of Ginnungagap and Muspelheim in the southern region.
Like the primal cow Audumla, the giant Ymir was created when the hot fire of Muspelheim spray to the Elivagar's glacier. The cow Audumla licked the salty ice-blocks, till Buri came forth from the blocks.
Niffelheim is sometimes called Hel. The ruler of Hel is Hela, daughter of Loki and Angrboda and its guardian was the hell-hound Garm ("Howl"), who was curt in front of Gnipahellir, the cave before Gjoll, the entry of Hel.
After Ragnarok, there will be a hall here for the punishment of murderers, oath breakers, and philanderers
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