Valkyrie came from very early Norse legends which changed from the original ghoulish depiction and evolved to a more feminine and beautiful image of the female warriors. The name in Old Norse, valkyrja, means literally, “chooser of the slain.”
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, Valhala, ruled over by the god Odin.
There, the deceased warriors become einherjar. When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarok, 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 and sometimes connected to swans or horses.
The Valkyries were suppose to be the daughters of Odin, as foster-daughters, just as the einherjar (the chosen warriors of Odinn) are foster sons . Freyja is said to be the first of the Valkyries, called Valfreyja, “Mistress of the Slain,” she pours ale at the feasts of the Aesir .
Valkyries are also Odinn’s messengers and when they ride forth on their errands, their armor causes the strange flickering light that is called the “Aurora Borealis” or more often known as the “Northern Lights”. Depending on the writer of the legend the exact number of Odinn’s daughters that ride as Valkyries will vary from 3 to 16, and depending on which Norse country the names can vary as well, the best known in most tellings of the story are Freyja and Brunhilda or Brunhilde.
Valkyries are attested in the Poetic Edda, a book of poems compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Njals Saga written in the 13th century. They appear throughout the poetry of skalds in a 14th-century.
In modern culture, valkyries have been the subject of works of art, musical works, video games and poetry.
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Summary: Princess Sofia was born a Valkyrie, but she didn’t really know about it until a tragedy happened to her family. A wizard had killed Princess Sofia’s parents a week before her wedding to Prince Devon of Lygon Kingdom and forced her blood to boil in rage and despair. He was longing for the Valkyrie’s poisoned blood, but the great plan had failed as Sofia managed to escape and find her foremother, who was the legendary Queen of Valkyries.
25 years later a young Prince of a glorious Lygon Kingdom faced a hardship in his life. His fiancée had been kidnapped by the people from the Pestilential Lands. His father assured him that only Valkyries could help him to pass those dreadful lands and save his beloved maiden. And so, Prince Leonard set off for the Celestial Forest in search of the legendary warrioresses, not quite expecting to find his destiny and true love in the person of the Princess of Valkyries, who had once been engaged to his father.
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