"A hall she sees standing there, fairer than the sun, thatched with gold, at Gimle; there the noble lords will live and spend their days in pleasure." (Voluspa 64, Elder Edda, Larrington translation)
"She a hall sees standing than the sun brighter, with gold bedecked, in Gimill: there shall the righteous people dwell, and for evermore happiness enjoy." (Voluspa 62)
"More fair than the sun, a hall I see, Roofed with gold on Gimle it stands, There shall the righteous rulers dwell, And happiness ever there shall they have." (Voluspa 64)
"Fairer than sunlight, I see a hall. A hall thatched with gold in Gimle: Kind Lords shall live there in delight for ever."
"I see a hall all thatched with gold stand fairer than the sun; There just men shall live and rejoice in bliss while endless ages run."
"A house I see that standeth there, bright-builded, than the sun more fair; o'er Gimli shines its tiles of gold, its halls no grief nor evil hold, and there shall worthy men and true in living days delight pursue."
"I see yet a hall more fair than the sun, roofed with gold in the Fire-sheltered realm; ever shall dwell there all holy beings, blest with joy through the days of time." (Voluspa 64)
"I know a hall standing fairer than the sun, better than gold, at Gimle. There shall virtuous men dwell, and for all ages enjoy delight." (Faulkes translation)
"A hall I know standing than the sun fairer, Thatched with gold in Gimle bright; There shall dwell the doers of righteousness And ever and ever enjoy delight."
"But his greatest work is that he made man and gave him a soul that shall live and never perish though the body decay to dust or burn to ashes. And all men who are righteous shall live and dwell with him himself in the place called Gimle or Vingolf, but wicked men go to Hel and on to Niflhel; that is down in the ninth world." (Faulkes)
Again we have further emphasis on the 'good' and 'virtuous' men who reside in Gimle:
"There will then be many mansions that are good, and many that are bad. The best place to be in heaven then will be Gimle, and there will be plenty of good drink for those that take pleasure in it and the hall called Brimir. That is also in heaven. That is also a good hall which is situated on Nidafioll, built of red gold. It is called Sindri. In these halls shall dwell good and virtuous people." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes)
It is clear that Gimle will itself be protected from the fires of Surt and will be the only safe refuge for the remnant of humanity which will survive:
"Then spoke Gangleri: 'What will protect this place when Surt's fire burns heaven and earth?'
"High said: 'They say there is another heaven south of and above this heaven of ours, and that heaven is called Andlang; and that there is a third heaven still further above that one, and that is called Vidblain, and that it is only light-elves that inhabit these places for the time being.' " (Gylfaginning, Faulkes)
That is a very interesting revelation for it is clear that Gimle is reserved for a future event-the rescue of a remnant of humanity during and after the events of Ragnarok which in my opinion will be centred on a nuclear holocaust which will engulf the world, reaching up to the heavens. Gimle will be the only safe refuge.
The southernmost location of Gimle in the heavens is emphasised and that it will survive not only Ragnarok but the passing away of heaven and earth:
"At the southernmost end of heaven is the hall which is fairest of all and brighter than the sun, called Gimle. It shall stand when both heaven and earth have passed away, and in that place shall live good and righteous people for ever and ever." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes)
The etymology of Gimle is quite instructive-"the place protected from fire." (Dictionary of Northern Mythology, Rudolf Simek)
Whilst a remnant of mankind will survive it does not appear that he will repopulate the earth but will exist in a different dimension and on a higher vibratory frequency as he once did in the Satya Yuga or Golden Age. On this frequency he can openly communicate with the Gods and other entities. Indeed only those who are 'righteous' in the eye of Odin will live on. In view of the devastation that man has wreaked upon the earth and will continue to do so until a stop is put to his selfish behaviour it is only fitting that our earth be free from him. If as some speculate Aryan man does not have his origins on this planet but 'in the stars' then perhaps it is indeed right that he leave the earth!