She was still silently cursing herself for asking him why he needed to get to the underworld and him for answering honestly.
At the same time, he couldn't jeopardize the underworld more.
For Bjarmaland, though it gained a local habitation, is also in Norse tradition a wholly mythical and mythological place, more or less identical with the underworld (Niflhel, mist-hell).
Locking him out of his underworld wasn't a summons Gabriel could ignore.
Poseidon is to the sea what Zeus is to the air, and Hades to the underworld in Homer.
They were caught in an impossible position: stay loyal to Gabriel and maybe never see the underworld again or deal with the Dark One to return home.
The portal to his underworld was grey; only yellow mortal portals and the black one to Hell were visible.
Its general connexion with death is due no doubt to the greyish colour of its leaves and its yellowish flowers, which suggest the gloom of the underworld and the pallor of death.
He was stunning, ageless, as the goddess of the underworld had been, except this deity's smile was genuine.
Gabriel bristled at the reminder that his own underworld had shut him out.