Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

because i just looked it up for someone...

In case you were wondering, the Valkyries are supernatural beings in Norse mythology, "Choosers of the Slain." Female warrior servants of Odin king of the gods, they direct the course of battles and choose the most valiant warriors to go to Valhalla (the "Hall of the Slain" -- home of dead heroes). They escort the dead heroes to Valhalla and also serve food and drink there. They also act as messengers for Odin, and the flickering of their armor supposedly causes the "Aurora Borealis" (Northern Lights).

[Poking around pantheon.org i'm getting all interested in Norse mythology, especially because i recognize a lot of the stuff from Neil Gaiman's American Gods, etc. Not fair; i have quite enough stuff to be interested in already.]
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