A bridge in Norse mythology that spans the river Gjöll in the underworld. It must be crossed in order to reach Hel. It is described as a covered bridge, “thatched with glittering gold”.
Burn to bridge a connection with the dead and enable communication.
In the story of Baldr’s death, the bridge that spans the river Gjöll in the underworld and which must be crossed to reach Hel. It is thatched with glittering gold and is guarded by the maiden Móðguðr. Hermóðr traversed the bridge when he went to Hel to plead for his brother’s release.
Móðguðr speaks to Hermóðr and comments that the bridge echoes beneath him more than the entire party of five people who had just passed. This is a reference to Baldr, Nanna and those that were burnt in their funeral pyre passing over the bridge upon death. Móðguðr also says that the dead in Hel appear as a different color from the living and tells him that to get to Hel he must go “down and to the North” where he would find the Road to Hel.
This incense must be burned on charcoal
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