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The Valkyries

Valkyrie, also spelled Walkyrie, These foreboders of war rode to the battlefield on horses, wearing helmets and shields; in some accounts, they flew through the air and sea. Some Valkyries had the power to cause the death of the warriors they did not favor; others, especially heroine Valkyries, guarded the lives and ships of those dear to them. Old Norse literature made references to purely supernatural Valkyries and also to human Valkyries with certain supernatural powers. Both types of beings were associated with fairness, brightness, and gold, as well as bloodshed.

 

 

In Norse mythology, Valkyries were originally sinister spirits that would fly above the battlefield in search of the dead, deciding the fate of the fallen for Odin. The word “Valkyrie” means “chooser of the slain,” and once chosen the warriors would be flown by the Valkyries over Bifrost, the rainbow bridge, and on to Valhalla Valhalla was the heavenly home of Odin’s fallen army, and the hall for those who had died heroically in battle.

However, later in Norse mythology the Valkyries were more romanticized and they became Odin’s shield-maidens, virgins with golden hair, who served the heroes meat and drink in the halls of Valhalla. The act of serving meat to those in Valhalla was not seen as a servile task, but quite the opposite. In Norse culture, queens would personally serve particularly revered guests as a sign of respect. On the battlefield, they were transformed into swan-maidens. These maidens were at risk of being trapped on earth if they were seen without their plumage. “Valkyrie” is sometimes used to refer to mortal women, often queens or princesses. Sometimes the term also refers to priestesses among various tribes – this is especially common in written history as opposed to folklore.

 

Valkyries were Also Warrior Mentors

Another function of the Valkyries was to lead warriors in their battle training and to heal or reanimate them after a day of training. In this role, the Valkyries would become intimately involved with their mortal trainees.

Sometimes the Valkyries would impart deep wisdom and lore to the humans, as the Valkyrie Sigrdrifa does in the poem Sigrdrifumal. While Sigrdrifa does not fall in love with the man she is training, she does become quite concerned with his battle etiquette and proper conduct on the battlefield, thus reaching outside of the scope of the stereotypical Valkyrie, who was simply meant to carry heroes off the battlefield.

Along with training, Valkyries would provide protection for certain favored warriors by either directly shielding them in battle, or warning them in-person or in a dream. One such dream came to a mortal man in which he saw a Valkyrie replacing his internal organs with straw, making him indestructible in the upcoming battle. Via dreams, Valkyries could also foretell battles and sometimes impending death. It is said that when the Northern Lights appear in the sky it is caused by the reflection from the Valkyries beating their swords against their shields.

Meet your Scottsdale Valkyries, ready to uplift you with cheer and dance. Watch out they are beautiful warriors make sure you keep your eyes on them.