Norse Hero: Valkyries

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Valkyries are known as 'the choosers of the slain'. Originally seen as dark angels of death who soared over battlefields like birds of pray, picking only the best of warriors to enter Valhalla, the heavenly abode of Odin's ghostly army. However, later Norse myth shows a changed and romanticised idea of the Valkyries. Described as golden-haired virgins, often riding splendidly beautiful horses, that would lift dead heroes into their arms and take them away to an eternal life of mead, meat and women in the golden halls of Valhalla...

This more appealing portrayal of Odin's maidens made them more vulnerable than their fierce predecessors, and led to many tales of love affairs with mortal men, as well as becoming trapped on earth. A common misconception about the Valkyries is that they were fighting women. This is not so, and nowhere will one ever find an account of a Valkyrie actually in combat, and only rarely carrying a weapon.