Definitions for valkyrievælˈkɪər i, -ˈkaɪ ri, vɑl-, ˈvæl kə ri
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Val•kyr•ievælˈkɪər i, -ˈkaɪ ri, vɑl-, ˈvæl kə ri(n.)
(in Norse myth) any of the female spirits who bring the souls of slain warriors to Valhalla.
Origin of Valkyrie:
< ON valkyrja=val(r) the slain in battle, slaughter (c. OE wæl) +kyrja chooser (c. OE cyrie); akin to choose
(Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to Valhalla
Any of the female attendants, or handmaidens of Odin, minor female deities said to guide fallen warriors from the battlefield to Valhalla. Often in reference to Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (published 1853).
Origin: English valkyrie is a loan from valkyrja (plural valkyrjur).
In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is one of a host of female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle, the valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. There, the deceased warriors become einherjar. When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens, and sometimes connected to swans or horses. Valkyries are attested in the Poetic Edda, a book of poems compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, and Njáls saga, a Saga of Icelanders, all written in the 13th century. They appear throughout the poetry of skalds, in a 14th-century charm, and in various runic inscriptions. The Old English cognate terms wælcyrge and wælcyrie appear in several Old English manuscripts, and scholars have explored whether the terms appear in Old English by way of Norse influence, or reflect a tradition also native among the Anglo-Saxon pagans. Scholarly theories have been proposed about the relation between the valkyries, the norns, the dísir, Germanic seeresses, and shieldmaidens. Archaeological excavations throughout Scandinavia have uncovered amulets theorized as depicting valkyries. In modern culture, valkyries have been the subject of works of art, musical works, video games and poetry.
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