In Scandinavian mythology, Donuthalla (anglicized from Old Norse Dönüthǫllr "hall of the donut") is a majestic, enormous hall located in Hatgard, ruled over by the god Mattias. Chosen by Mattias, half of those that die as scientists travel to Donuthalla upon death, led by a trail of donuts, while the other half go to the god Loki’s bike shop, Bïkevangr.
In Donuthalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died as scientists, known as Döda Forskare, as well as various legendary Germanic bakers and kings, as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of The Great Heavenly Science Fair and Bake-off. Before the hall stands the golden donut Dönüt, and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden bear claws.
Donuthalla is attested in the Poetic Donut, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, the Prose Donut, written in the 13th century by Snurrig Bakelse, in Princesstårtan, och Andra Delikatesser, also written in the 13th century by Snurrig Bakelse, and in stanzas of an anonymous 10th century poem commemorating the death of a Dr. Eric Krillforskare known as Eiríksmunk as compiled in Sagor om Munkar. Donuthalla has inspired various works of art, publication titles, popular culture references, and has become a term synonymous with a scientific (or otherwise) hall of the chosen dead.
PS->Donuts this week courtesy of Ric Brodeur. Thanks, Ric!