Valkyrie were warrior maidens, each one known as the "chooser of the
slain". They were represented by the Raven, and are related to the
Celtic Warrior Goddess the Morrigan who was able to assume the form of the
Valkyrie were depicted on small amulets and ancient stones show the figure
of a beautiful woman welcoming heroes to Valhalla with a horn full of
mead. The Valkyrie are typically thought to be blonde, blue-eyed with fair
skin and carry spears and shields.
were also sometimes known as Swan Maidens or Wish Maidens. It was thought
that if you could capture a Swan Maiden, or her feathered cloak, you could
extract a wish from her.
sources say that Freya oversaw the Valkyrie. Freya is the Goddess of love,
fertility and beauty, who is also known as the Goddess of battle and
will determines the victors in battle, and the Valkyrie choses the bravest
of those who have been slain and carries their souls to a Valhalla. Those
mortals who are determined to be unworthy of Valhalla are recieved by Hel,
Goddess of the Underworld.
descriptions of Odin's hall describe the Valkyrie as foster-daughters,
just as the einherjar (the chosen warriors of Odin) are foster sons. Freya
is said to be the first of the Valkyrie, called Valfreyja, "Mistress
of the Slain," she pours ale at the feasts of the Aesir while the
Valkyrie serve the warriors wearing pure white robes.
is the great hall of Odin in Asgard where the slain warriors spend their
days fighting and their nights feasting. It contains 540 doors each of
which leads to a room which can accommodate 800 warriors. The roof is made
of warrior's shields.
are some of the names of the Valkyrie from the Sagas and the Eddas:
[Warder of the Host]
[Battle] - Hildr
[One Knowing Ale Rune]
The Valkyrie are connected with the legend of the Raven Banner. This
banner was woven of the cleanest and whitest silk and no picture of
any figure was found upon it except in the case of war, at which time
a raven always appeared upon it, as if woven into it.
If the Danes were going to win the upcoming battle, the raven appeared
with his beak wide open, flapping its wings and restless on its feet.
If they were going to be defeated, the raven did not stir at all,
and its limbs hung motionless.
Sometimes the blood-covered Valkyrie-prophetesses are seen themselves as
weavers, to prophesy the outcome of the next day's battle.
Valkyrie are also Odin's messengers and when they ride forth on their
errands, their armor causes the strange flickering light that is called
the "Aurora Borealis" (Northern Lights).
on who you talk to, the number of Valkyrie varies from three to sixteen.
maiden who becomes a valkyrie will remain immortal and invulnerable as
long as they obey the gods and remain virginal.
is often said that if you see a Valkyrie before a battle, you will die in
Valkyrie appeared riding in a troop, often of nine war-like women.