Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hell, Norway

Hell, Norway

postcard reads:
Norge. (Norway)
Aftenstemming Hell st..

Foto: Aune Forlag

I LOVE this postcard! When it came in the mail I called all my friends and said, "Well, I've never been to Hell, but I have a postcard from there!" LOL!

postmarked in 2008 with a Norge (Norway) racing car stamp

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Hell is a small village in Stjørdal, Norway with a population of 352. It has become a minor tourist attraction because of its name, since people like to take the train there to get photographed in front of the station sign. The station sign reads "Gods-expedition", an old spelling of the Norwegian word for "cargo handling" (godsekspedisjon would be the current spelling).

The name Hell stems from the Old Norse word hellir, which means "overhang", "cliff cave". The Norwegian word hell can also mean "luck". The Old Norse word Hel is the same as today's English Hell, and as a proper noun, Hel was the ruler of Hel. In modern Norwegian the word for hell is helvete. The Norwegian word for "god" is gud.


iPost said...

Fascinating! I love it. The sky certainly adds to the feeling of hell!

Lakali said...

Just love the sky! Great card from Hell!