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Valhalla

valhalla

1. The palace of immortality, inhabited by the souls of heroes slain in battle.

2. 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.

Origin: Icel. Valholl, literally, hall of the slain; valr the slain (akin to AS. Wael, OHG. Wal battlefield, wuol defeat, slaughter, AS. Wol pestilence) _ holl a royal hall. See Hall, and cf. Walhalla

Alternative forms: walhalla.


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