Senior citizens weren’t exactly revered or respected among Vikings way back when. While it was rare for someone to even make it that far in life, when they did they were sometimes ridiculed and seen as a burden. After all, if you can’t contribute, what good are you? To die in battle was seen as a much better end than to die from sickness or old age. If you didn’t die in battle, there was no chance of getting to Valhalla. People who died in just about any other fashion went to Niflheim, where Hel was. Still this is a very disappointing prospect for women and children, and given the lavish goods sometimes left behind with women like the Oseberg burial, it seems obvious they expected to go somewhere much nicer than a cold, misty, desolate land. It’s impossible to know for sure what people believed when it came to the afterlife, and different groups even within the same country often contradicted each other.
So now you understand why Coal scoffed at the idea of living to the ripe old age of forty or more.
OKAY SO it’s a new month and the TWC votes have been restarted. Vote to see something awesome! It follows with the idea of life and death since it’s a depiction of Idunn and Hel. Idunn is best known for watching the apples of immortality that all the gods eat to stave off death. Hel is Loki’s daughter and the ruler of Niflheim, which has an area that’s also named Hel. Idunn probably won’t show up in the comic, but Hel will.