Valkyries (Myths and Legends of the World)
Female spirits in mythology, the Valkyries were servants of the god Odinin Norse mythology, one-eyed deity and ruler of the gods. Originally, the Valkyries were fierce creatures who took part in battles and devoured bodies of the dead on battlefields. They later emerged as beautiful female warriorslad in armor on horsebackho rode over battlefields selecting the bravest slain warriors to enter , Odin's great hall in Asgard. During battles the Valkyries carried out Odin's commands, bringing either victory or defeat according to his wishes. After leading slain warriors to Valhalla, the Valkyries waited on them, serving them food and drink.
In several myths, the Valkyries appeared as giant beings with supernaturalrelated to forces beyond the normaf world; magical or miraculous powers who could cause a rain of blood to fall upon the land or row ships across the sky on rivers of blood. Some Valkyries caused warriors to die, while others served as protectors, guarding the lives of those most dear to them. Valkyries were often shown as wives of heroes. Brunhilde, one of the most famous Valkyries in mythology, disobeyed Odin and was placed in an enchanted sleep within a wall of fire as punishment.
See also BRUNHILDE;
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