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What is a Valkyrie? Norse Mythology Angel

The term Valkyrie is referenced often in music and in literature, but what does it mean? A Valkyrie is a female angelic figure in ancient Norse mythology. The word Valkyrie means “chooser of the slain” in old Norse. The Valkyries rode horses down from Asgard to pick who would fall in great battles. They Valkyries riding out to claim the deadValkyries riding out to claim the deadtook the dead from the field and brought them to Valhalla, the great hall of Norse Heaven, presided over by Odin, the leader of the Gods. The Valkyries are often depicted wearing winged helmets and wielding swords, although combat is not their primary purpose.

by Rachel Bassett on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 17:30

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