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In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is a female warrior.Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens, and sometimes connected to swans or horses.

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What are Valkyrie?
Valkyries are female warlike virgins, who mounted upon horses and armed themselves with helmets and spears. The valkyries' purpose was to choose the most heroic of those who had died in battle.

Foreign Names for Valkyrie

German:
Walküre
Old English:
Wælcyrge
Old Norse:
Valkyrja
Scandanvian: Valkyrie

Other Names: Walkyrie, Battle-maidens, Shield-maidens, Swan-maidens, Wish-maidens, Mead-maidens, Corpse Maidens, and Helm Maidens,

History: Valkyries originated in Norse mythology. Initially the Valkyries were fierce creatures who took part in battles and devoured bodies of the dead on battlefields. They later emerged as beautiful female warriors—clad in armor on horseback. The valkyries rode over battlefields selecting the bravest slain warriors to enter Valhalla.


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Iconic Symbols: Valkyries were often associated with female strength, fairness, brightness, gold, as well as bloodshed.

Did You Know?

Some Valkyries caused warriors to die, while others served as protectors, guarding the lives of those most dear to them.

Meanings: Valkyries symbolize strength in women.

Did You Know?

The name valkyrie means, "Chooser of the Slain".

Myths in Culture:

Christianity: With the spread of Christianity the idea of what a Valkyrie was like changed more and more to a Romantic description of a beautiful woman.

Old Norse: Valkyries a ride over battlefields to claim the bodies of the brave warriors. After claiming the slain warriors, the Valkyries would wait on them, serving them food and drink.

Scandanavian: Valkyries are the beautiful maidens who serve the God, Odin. The valkyries ride over battlefields to claim the dead heroes and take them to Valhalla.

Vikings: It was said, that if you see a Valkyrie before battle “you will die in that battle.” The Vikings believed that when a brave warrior was about to die in the midst of fighting, he would suddenly see the figure of a Valkyrie. Any maiden who becomes a Valkyrie remains immortal and invulnerable as long as they obey the Gods and remain virginal.



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