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Forums -> Norse Paganism -> Valkyrie

Valkyrie
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Post # 1
Hi..

is there anyone could tell me anything about valkyrie?
i'm interested everything related to valkyrie.

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Re: Valkyrie
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Then google valkyrie....
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Re: Valkyrie
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
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Valkyries are a type of female wight (or spirit) from Norse lore. They serve Odin, and on his behalf choose who dies on the battlefield. Those who die worthy in battle are then taken to Odin's hall. There, the valkryies tend to and look after the souls of the honored guests. The valkyries often are thought to work with Freyja as well, and she is seen as a kind of "leader" of the Valkyries. Freyja uses the Valkyries to pick half of those who die in battle and take them to her hall instead of Odin's.

"It would seem then that valkyries are the intermediaries between the human world and Odin. They carry out his will in battle, and as pertains to certain individuals.
They bring his inspiration to the world of humans, and carry certain humans back to Odin." (Uppsala)

In some cases, found in the various sagas and in the eddas, valkyries served as a kind of fylgja (akin to a spirit guide) and would look after certain humans, giving them knowledge and protecting them. Each valkyrie was an individual, and often looked after or was in charge of different aspects. They aren't so far off from minor deities. I've even heard them called "corpse goddesses" before. One theory on them states that the valkyries are actually Disir, which are female ancestral spirits. But who knows for sure?

Links:
http://opossumsally.homestead.com/Legends/Walkurjas.html
http://www.uppsalaonline.com/valkyrie.html
http://weeklynorsemyths.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/valkyries-sinister-maidens-of-death/

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Re: Valkyrie
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4
In various myths I believe some of them also took the form of swans, and would occasionally even marry a particularly worthy or brave individual - or sometimes be forced into such things by those who could capture them.

I forget the specifics, and may be confusing this with something else however.
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Re: Valkyrie
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Post # 5

No, you're right. They were sometimes called "swan maidens" because they had a cape made of swan feathers and were thought to be able to turn into swans. There's some vague myths where Valkyries came to men in the form of swans, turned into ladies, took the men as lovers- and then after a time killed them and took their souls to one of the many halls. I just didn't mention those parts.

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Re: Valkyrie
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Related to gods of death?

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Re: Valkyrie
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
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... What? I think their role in Norse Mythology was rather aptly explained already.
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Re: Valkyrie
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It depends. Valkries are beings that tread between light and darkness, as far as my groups studies are concerned. They specialize in carrying the souls and can become consorts.
It very much depends on how you study.
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