Valkyries

Artwork by Christian Sloan Hall

A subject I would like to touch on for the longest of times which is one of the Valkyries and their connection to the dead. Many say that these are the passed on female ancestors which from the sounds of it would ensue that all of our female passes on into the hall of Wotan’s. Much like there are only a few and selected breed of warrior that are chosen for Wotan’s/Freya’s halls I believe the same for the Valkyrie.

“Wotan is the Old High German name of the Germanic god Odin. Wotan may also refer to: “Wotan“, an essay on the god by Carl Jung included in Notes of the Seminar Given in 1928–1930.”

The Valkyrie are the embodiment of war the sounds of battle and the clashing of the weapons in the old times. These I presume were Wotan’s personal Valkyrie’s the choosers of the slain for his golden halls. I’d say that not all are chosen to be one of the “choosers of the slain”, just like the holy undead warriors I believe it is earned and often gruesome. I think this would also go for Fólkvangr as well.

“In Norse mythology, Fólkvangr (Old Norse “field of the host”or “people-field” or “army-field”) is a meadow or field ruled over by the goddess Freyja where half of those that die in combat go upon death,”

Meaning as the link provided below with a list of names that many took on an awfully specific role for the lord they served. The Nordic and Germanic peoples more than likely had a names to describe the phenomenon of battle. Such termed as the name Goll meaning Tumult or noise, Battle, describing the noise of battle that is in session.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_valkyrie_names

“Valkyrie, also spelled Walkyrie, Old Norse Valkyrja (“Chooser of the Slain”), in Norse mythology, any of a group of maidens who served the god Odin and were sent by him to the battlefields to choose the slain who were worthy of a place in Valhalla. These foreboders of war rode to the battlefield on horses, wearing helmets and shields; in some accounts, they flew through the air and sea. Some Valkyries had the power to cause the death of the warriors they did not favor.”

“Heroine Valkyries guarded the lives and ships of those dear to them.”

These would be more a kin to your ancestors (female or a guardian termed Fylgja (more commonly known as Fetch). These can take animal form as well but well typically watch over their descendants. Keep in mind this is very much like a common sense and an urge of caution when hasty decisions are made or even intimate danger. Like the humans we are we can easily and often prone to make mistakes. This is the learning curve in which we elevate ourselves into a higher consciousness. But with that being said some mistakes are irreversible and cannot be undone. Our fetch is there to remind us of past experience but ultimately let us learn or be doomed to make the same decisions over if necessary. In a way we call this personal responsibility of our own actions.

“Old Norse literature made references to purely supernatural Valkyries and also to human Valkyries with certain supernatural powers.”

This brings us to the typically visioned Valkyrie as the beautiful European female the ones described by mortals in saga. Well, the ones that embodied the bloody aspects of war grim in features and id imagine the smell of death. The wild hunt is a good example of this with its riders sweeping through the veil.

“Both types of beings were associated with fairness, brightness, and gold, as well as bloodshed.”

The Ghostly spirits of the dead and grim, well some are captured in saga and taken as brides or waiting for mighty heroes. Just as can be seen with angels in the Christian religion so here can we see the usage of the Valkyrie taken from olden times and repurposed. The two are of the same concept simply different times and religion.

“Wild Hunts typically involve a “soul-raving” chase led by a mythological figure escorted by a ghostly or supernatural group of hunters passing in wild pursuit.”

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