Online Encyclopedia

VALKYRIES (Old Norse valkyriur, "choo...

Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 861 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: del.icio.us del.icio.us it!
VALKYRIES (Old Norse valkyriur, "choosers of the slain "), figures of Northern mythology, generally represented as divine (less frequently human) maidens who ride through the air on Odin's service. Clad in full armour they are sent forth ' The form valectus led to the spelling valeet in transcribing from Latin documents. to determine the course of battles and to select brave warriors for Valhalla (q.v.). Beings with the same name (waelcyrgean) were known also in England, where we find them associated with witches. The name is used in Anglo-Saxon glossaries to translate various Latin terms for " War-goddess " or " Fury " (Bellona, Erinys, (Sec.). See TEUTONIC PEOPLES, ad fin. (H. M. C.)
End of Article: VALKYRIES (Old Norse valkyriur, "choosers of the slain ")
[back]
VALHALLA (Old Norse Valhdll, i.e. " hall of the sla...
[next]
VALLA, LORENZO, or LAURENTIUS (c. 1406-1457)

Additional information and Comments

There are no comments yet for this article.
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.