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Muspelheim is the realm of fire and one of the five regions of Asgard. It is never physically shown, but is briefly referenced several times, notably during the Chapter 6 Sacred Phase [1] in Valkyrie Profile. The dragon Fafnir dwells there and holds the Accursed Flame Gem, which the Aesir need to break into Jotunheim. Therefore, Freya sends an Einherjar platoon to retrieve it.

Origin/EtymologyEdit

In Norse mythology, Muspelheim is the home of Surt and the fire giants. It is one of the nine worlds of Yggdrasil, rather than being a part of Asgard [2]. It is said that, during Ragnarök, Surt's clansmen will ride out of Muspelheim and destroy the world with fire.

The etymology of the name is obscure: heim means "home" in Old Norse, but what múspell refers to is unclear [3]. It is usually believed to designate a fiery cataclysm [4].

TriviaEdit

  • Although Surt is depicted as the ruler of Jotunheim in Valkyrie Profile, the in-game description of the Citadel of Flame refers to him as the Lord of Muspelheim as well. This could be an oversight.
  • Muspelheim is referenced in the incantation for the Great Magic spell Ifrit Caress.

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