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  • My guess is that when priests first preached Christianity to the English they needed an Old English word to translate "gehenna" or "hades", asked the interpreter what his people called the bad place you go to after you die, and were told it was called "helle", after which the word became the standard term.

    Old English gods and myths: Hell

  • Das helle und das dunkle Garn sollten jeweils auf zwei Knäuel gleicher Größe aufgeteilt werden, weil dies den Aufzug stark vereinfacht.

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  • The modern English word “hell”, meaning the dwelling-place of the dead, the underworld and/or a place of punishment after death, derives directly from its Old English counterpart “helle”.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • In the Old English poem Beowulf, the monster Grendel is described as “feond on helle”, “an enemy from hell”.

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  • Since “helle hund” was used in relation to Cerberus, “hell” was presumably considered to be roughly equivalent to Hades and was not confined to the Christian concept of hell.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • I can see you rider, yea, helle loo, a thousand miles away

    Ma Rainey Lyrics

  • Nemlich die gelbe Farben haben ihren Urspring aus der rothen elementarischen Feuerfarbe, und sind anders nichts, als eine Verdünung und Verminderung der rothen Farbetheile, mithin eine ins helle sich verlierende Schattierung vom rothen.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • And there besyden growen trees, that beren fulle faire apples, and faire of colour to beholde; but whoso brekethe hem or cuttethe hem in two, he schalle fynde with in hem coles and cyndres; in tokene that, be wratthe of God, the cytees and the lond weren brente and sonken into helle.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • In the whiche boke, among other thinges, is written, as I have often tyme seen and radd, that the gode shulle gon to paradys, and the evele to helle: and that beleven alle Sarazines.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Upon that hille, the enemy of helle bare our Lord, and tempted him, and seyde; Dic ut lapides isti panes fiant; that is to seye,

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

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