Hel is the daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrboða. She rules over Helheim, the realm of the dead, where she receives those who die of sickness, old age, or any cause other than battle. Hel is depicted as having a grim and half-dead appearance, with half of her body appearing normal and the other half lifeless and decayed. Despite her fearsome aspect, Hel presides over a realm that is more of a place of rest than torment.