Ride of the Valkyries

Karen E Camilleri

Melbourne, Australia

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Ring Cycle Festival Series at Federation Square, Melbourne
The Valkyries: Chooser of the Slain
The Valkyries were female warlike virgins, who mounted upon horses and armed themselves with helmets and spears. They decided who would die in a battle. They would hover over the battlefield, like birds over their prey. There would be six, nine, or thirteen Valkyries at a time. They would select among half of those who died in battle. And then bring them to Valhalla. The other half would go to the goddess Freya’s afterlife field Folkvangr. Freya always had the first pick, of the fallen Vikings. Odin allowed some of the maidens to take the form of beautiful white swans, but if a Valkyrie was seen by a human without her swanlike disguise, she would become an ordinary mortal and could never again return to Valhalla. (Curtesy of Internet)

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