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Old 30 April 2013, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve View Post
The English word "Hell" is older than the KJV, and you're right, it might have some connection to the similar Norse word. http://etymonline.com/?term=hell
The words sure are connected. In modern Swedish, the word has evolved into "helvete" (now a very common swear word), which orginally meant "the punishment you will get in Hell". But if we talk about the old mythology, both the place and the goddess are called "Hel", which also would be the original word.

It's interesting too that both the ancient Greeks and the ancient Norse would use the same name for the place, where you ended up after death, and the deity ruling over it (Hades and Hel respectively).
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