Photos: Viking Valkyries Found Beneath Land

A little face peering up from a clod of frozen mud in Denmark has proved to be a unique find: the only known 3D Viking representation of Viking Valkyries.

The figurine, believed to date from about AD800. The archaeologists found it in December and has gone straight from conservation to display in the National Museum in Copenhagen. It will then be in the exhibition on the Viking age that opens there in June and at the British Museum in 2014.

Viking Valkyries could be pronounced as “Val-Ker-Ee”. This word meant “The Choosers of the Fallen”. The Valkyries in Norse mythology were the female helping spirit of Odin the Allfather. In many modern depictions of the Valkyries, they were the beautiful, noble, and elegant women that rose horses and guiding the dead warriors to attend Valhalla – the Hall of the Fallen which was presided over by Odin in Asgard.

When the battles took place down in Midgard, the Valkyries would appear there. They would observe and pick the most suitable warriors to come to dwell with Odin up in the Valhalla Hall. According to many materials, the Valkyries would choose half of those who died in battles to come to Asgard while the other half would come to Folkvangr to join the army of Freya goddess as their afterlife. In the myth, Those fallen warriors in Valhalla were the Einherjar “Single Fighter”. When it was not the time of Ragnarok, the Einherjar would be provided mead by the Valkyries. However, when the Ragnarok came, the Einherjar would take the side of Odin. They joined the war battling against the Jotun or the giants. Viking Valkyries

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