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Eventually, the gods tire of his boasting and invoke Thor, who arrives. Hrungnir states that Thor is under their protection, and subsequently he can't be harmed while in Valhalla. After an exchange of words, Hrungnir challenges Thor to a duel at the location of Griotunagardar , resulting in Hrungnir's death.

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In chapter 34, the tree Glasir is stated as located in front of the doors of Valhalla. The tree is described as having foliage of red gold and being the most beautiful tree among both gods and men. A quote from a work by the 9th century skald Bragi Boddason is presented that confirms the description. Valhalla is mentioned in euhemerized form and as an element of remaining Norse pagan belief in Heimskringla. In chapter 8 of Ynglinga saga , the "historical" Odin is described as ordaining burial laws over his country. These laws include that all the dead are to be burned on a pyre on a burial mound with their possessions, and their ashes are to be brought out to sea or buried in the earth.

The dead would then arrive in Valhalla with everything that one had on their pyre, and whatever one had hidden in the ground. In chapter 8 of Fagrskinna , a prose narrative states that, after the death of her husband Eric Bloodaxe , Gunnhild Mother of Kings had a poem composed about him. The god Bragi asks where a thundering sound is coming from, and says that the benches of Valhalla are creaking—as if the god Baldr had returned to Valhalla—and that it sounds like the movement of a thousand.

Odin responds that Bragi knows well that the sounds are for Eric Bloodaxe, who will soon arrive in Valhalla. Sigmund asks Odin why he would expect Eric more than any other king, to which Odin responds that Eric has reddened his gore-drenched sword with many other lands. Eric arrives, and Sigmund greets him, tells him that he is welcome to come into the hall, and asks him what other lords he has brought with him to Valhalla.

Eric says that with him are five kings, that he will tell them the name of them all, and that he, himself, is the sixth. In this illustration from a 17th-century Icelandic manuscript, Heimdall is shown guarding the gate of Valhalla.

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The concept of Valhalla continues to have influence in modern popular culture. Examples include the Walhalla temple built by Leo von Klenze for Ludwig I of Bavaria between — near Regensburg , Germany , and the Tresco Abbey Gardens Valhalla museum built by August Smith around to house ship figureheads from shipwrecks that occurred at the Isles of Scilly , England , where the museum is located. References to Valhalla appear in literature, art, and other forms of media.

Examples include K. Ehrenberg's charcoal illustration Gastmahl in Walhalla mit einziehenden Einheriern , Richard Wagner 's depiction of Valhalla in his opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen — , the Munich , Germany-based Germanic Neopagan magazine Walhalla — , and the comic series Valhalla by Peter Madsen, and its subsequent animated film of the same name The Walhalla temple above the Danube near Regensburg , Germany.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Valhalla disambiguation.

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