Each of Odin’s twelve handmaidens who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield to Valhalla.
- It was believed that when a Viking died in battle, a warrior maiden called a Valkyrie escorted him to Valhalla.
- Brynhild, a Valkyrie, disobeyed Odin and was put to sleep until she would be woken by a man.
- Perhaps the most widely known of legendary women warriors are the Greek Amazons and the Nordic Valkyries.
From Old Norse Valkyrja, literally 'chooser of the slain', from valr 'the slain' + kyrja 'chooser'.
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