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valkyrie


noun Scandinavian Mythology.

  1. any of the beautiful maidens attendant upon Odin who bring the souls of slain warriors chosen by Odin or Tyr to Valhalla and there wait upon them.

noun

  1. Norse myth any of the beautiful maidens who serve Odin and ride over battlefields to claim the dead heroes and take them to Valhalla
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1768, one of 12 war-maidens who escorted the brave dead to Valhalla, from Old Norse valkyrja, literally “chooser of the slain,” from valr “those slain in battle” (see Valhalla) + kyrja “chooser,” from ablaut root of kjosa “to choose,” from Proto-Germanic *keusan, from PIE *geus- “to taste, choose” (see gusto). Old English form was Wælcyrie, but they seem not to have figured as largely in Anglo-Saxon tales as in Scandinavian. German Walküre (Wagner) is from Norse.

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