The Valkyries are a group of female warriors in Norse mythology. As in many other ancient mythologies, they were virgins and they served a God, in this case the supreme God of the Norse: Odin. Norse mythology pertains to the Vikings, a North Germanic people who sailed, raided and explored wide areas of the world.
The Valkyries mounted wolves, not horses, and armed themselves with spears and helmets, as they were participants in battles. They were the ones to choose who lives and who dies in combats. They would hover above the battlefield just like prey birds, waiting to collect their prizes. The Valkyries would often use some sort of magic to make sure that the people who died were exactly who they wanted them to be.
These mythical creatures would also decide which spirits of the departed would enter Valhalla – The Hall of the Fallen, where Odin would house the dead he deems worthy. Access to Valhalla wasn’t based on morals, but on talents: the most distinguished warriors were allowed entry. This was due to the fact the Odin was preparing for a battle with the wolf Fenrir, called Ragnarok- The Doom of the Gods. Those who were not granted access to Valhalla would be sent off to Godess’s Freya afterlife field.
Some Valkyries had the permission from Odin to transform in beautiful white swans. However, if they were seen by mortals without their swan disguise, they would become mortals as well and never returned to Valhalla.
Each of the Valkyries had some characteristic traits. For instance, Eir was associated with medical skill and clemency, Kara with storm, Sanngrior was very violent, Svipul was changeable, Thrud was associated with strength.
A symbol of fight and courage, the Valkyries have remained popular in the Nordic culture. German composer Robert Wagner added to their fame when he composed The Ride of the Valkyries, a dramatic opera which immersed Valkyries in culture.
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