hel is the daughter of loki and the jotun angrboda. half of her body resembles a living woman while the other resembles a corpse. her expression is always gloomy and grim. the aesir feared hel and her brothers, so they were abducted by the gods and banished. hel was made the ruler of the realm of the dead, which is also named hel. the entrance is guarded by garm, a monstrous hound. hel’s hall is eljudnir, home of the dead. her servants are ganglati and ganglot, who move about so slowly it is difficult to tell if they are moving at all. her plate is called hunger, and her knife is famine.