The Valkyries: Chooser of the Slain

Who are the Valkyries?

The Valkyries are female warlike virgins, who mounts upon horses and arms themselves with helmets and spears. They decides who will die in a battle. They will hover over the battlefield, like birds over their prey. There will be six, nine, or thirteen Valkyries at a time. They will select among half of those who dies in battle and then bring them to Valhalla.

The other half will go to the Goddess Freya’s afterlife field Folkvangr. Freya always has the first pick, of the fallen Vikings. Odin allows some of the maidens to take the form of beautiful white swans, but if a Valkyrie is seen by a human without her swanlike disguise, she will become an ordinary mortal and can never again return to Valhalla.

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“Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

List of Valkyrie names in Norse Mythology

Brynhildr:

She is also called Brünnhilde or Brynhild, she is a shieldmaiden and Brynhildr is also the daugther of Budli. Her name means Bright Battle.

Eir:

She is a Goddess and or a Valkyrie, she is associated with medical skills. Her name means Peace, Clemency, Help, or Mercy

Geiravör:

Her name means Spear Vör/Goddess

Geirdriful:

Her name means Spear Finger.

Geirönul:

Her name means the one charging forth with the spear.

Geirskögul:

They are two separate or an individual Valkyrie, the name means Spear Skögul and Skögul: Shaker or High Towering.

Göll:

The name means Tumult, or Noise Battle.

Göndul:

The name means Wand Wielder.

Gunnr:

The name means War or Battle.

Herfjötur:

The name means Host Fetter or Fetter of the Army.

Herja:

The name means Devastate

Hlaðguðr svanhvít:

She is the sister of the Valkyrie Hervör alvitr, her name means Swan White.

Hildr:

She has the power to revive the dead on the battlefields, and use it to maintain the everlasting battle between Hedin and Högni, her name means Battle.

Hjalmprimul:

Her name means Helmey Clatterer, or Female Warrior.

Hervör alvitr:

She is the sister of the Valkyrie Hlaðguðr svanhvít, her name means All Wise, or Strange Creature.

Hjörprimul:

Her name means The Sword Warrioress.

Hlökk:

Her name means Noise, Battle.

Hrist:

Her name means Shake, Quake, The Quaking one.

Hrund:

Her name means Pricker.

Kara:

Her name means The Wild, or Stormy One.

Mist:

Her name means Cloud or Mist.

Ölrun:

Her name means Ale Rune.

Randgrid:

Also spelled Randgrior, her name means Shield Truce, or Shield Destroyer.

Ráðgríðr:

Her name means Council Truce, The Bossy.

Reginleif:

Her name means Power Trace, or Daughter of the Gods.

Rota:

Her name means Sleet and Storm.

Sanngrior:

She was the mentor of the Norse hero Sigurd, her name means Very Violent, Very Cruel.

Sigrun:

Her name means Victory Rune.

Skalmöid:

Her name means Sword Time.

Skeggöld:

Her name means Axe Age.

Skuld:

Her name means Dept or Future.

Sveid:

Her name means Vibration or Noise.

Svipul:

Her name means Changeable.

Tögn:

Her name means Silence.

Trima:

Her name means Fight.

Thrud:

She may or may not be a Valkyrie, but there is a Valkyrie with the name Thrud. Thrud is the daughter of Thor and Sif. She is the half sister to Magni and Modi. Her name means Strength or Power.