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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. Related: Valkyrian.


n. (context Norse mythology English) Any of the female attendants of Odin, figures said to guide fallen warriors from the battlefield to Valhalla.

Valkyrie (magazine)

Valkyrie was a UK role-playing magazine. The magazine was started in 1994. It was published by Partisan Press and edited originally by Dave Renton (original editor of Role Player Independent) and then taken over by Jay Forster. Renton held the post from 1994 to 1998 and Forster from 1999 to 2003.

Some claimed that it was the successor to White Dwarf amongst the UK role-playing community with numerous contributors from across the hobby, including Phil Masters and Marcus Rowland.

The magazine was resurrected as a quarterly with issue 19 and ran for several years before ceasing publication with issue 28. It folded in 2003.


In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norsevalkyrja "chooser of the slain") is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting half of those who die in battle, the valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin (the other half go to the goddess Freyja's afterlife field Fólkvangr). There, the deceased warriors become einherjar ( Old Norse "single (or once) fighters"). When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens and sometimes connected to swans or horses.

Valkyries are attested in the Poetic Edda, a book of poems compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla (by Snorri Sturluson), and Njáls saga, a Saga of Icelanders, all written in the 13th century. They appear throughout the poetry of skalds, in a 14th-century charm, and in various runic inscriptions.

The Old English cognate terms wælcyrge and wælcyrie appear in several Old English manuscripts, and scholars have explored whether the terms appear in Old English by way of Norse influence, or reflect a tradition also native among the Anglo-Saxon pagans. Scholarly theories have been proposed about the relation between the valkyries, the norns, and the dísir, all of which are supernatural figures associated with fate. Archaeological excavations throughout Scandinavia have uncovered amulets theorized as depicting valkyries. In modern culture, valkyries have been the subject of works of art, musical works, video games and poetry.

Valkyrie (disambiguation)

A valkyrie is a figure in Norse mythology.

Valkyrie may also refer to:

Valkyrie (Marvel Comics)

Valkyrie is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, based on the Norse mythological figure Brynhildr. The character first appeared in The Avengers #83 (December 1970) and has become a mainstay of the superhero team known as the Defenders. An Asgardian by birth, Valkyrie, also known by her real name Brunnhilde, was selected by Odin to lead the Valkyrior. Among her other aliases are Barbara Denton-Norriss, Samantha Parrington, Sian Bowen, and Annabelle Riggs who were all host bodies to the spirit of Brunnhilde. Samantha Parrington, a previous host of Brunnhilde, later received Valkyrie's powers and became a member of the Defenders herself. An ally and one-time love interest of Thor, she was ranked 30th in IGN's list of "The Top 50 Avengers", and 65th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

Valkyrie (comics)

Valkyrie, in comics, may refer to:

  • Valkyrie ( Hillman Periodicals), a Golden Age villain
  • Valkyrie (Marvel Comics), two Marvel Comics superheroes
    • Valkyrior, the group to which the heroine belongs
  • Valkyrie ( Eclipse Comics), a three-issue mini-series from Eclipse Comics by Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy
  • Comic Valkyrie, a Japanese comics magazine published by Kill Time Communication, Inc.
  • Valkyries, a story that appeared in 2000 AD
Valkyrie (band)

Valkyrie is a doom metal band from Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Valkyrie (mixed martial arts)

, sometimes styled VALKYRIE in capitals, was a women's mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. It was the sister of Japanese MMA promotion Cage Force, both operated by Greatest Common Multiple (GCM) Communication. Contrary to other Japanese women MMA promotions at the time, it featured a cage instead of a ring and used the same venues as Cage Force.

Valkyrie (album)

Valkyrie is the upcoming sixteenth studio album by American progressive rock band Glass Hammer,to be released on September 27, 2016.

It is the band's first concept album' since 2005's The Inconsolable Secret; the story follows "a soldier’s struggle to return home from the horrors of war, to the girl who loves him and must ultimately find her way to him."

Valkyrie (film)

Valkyrie is a 2008 American-German historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during World War II. The film depicts the 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to use the Operation Valkyrie national emergency plan to take control of the country. Valkyrie was directed by Bryan Singer for the American studio United Artists, and the film stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, one of the key plotters. The cast included Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, Terence Stamp and Tom Wilkinson.

Cruise's casting caused controversy among German politicians and members of the von Stauffenberg family due to the actor's practice of Scientology, which is viewed with suspicion in Germany. Because of this, the filmmakers initially had difficulty setting up filming locations in Germany, but they were later given access to film in locations, including Berlin's historic Bendlerblock. German newspapers and filmmakers supported the film and its attempt to spread global awareness of von Stauffenberg's plot.

The film changed release dates several times, from as early as June 27, 2008 to as late as February 14, 2009. The changing calendar and poor response to United Artists' initial marketing campaign drew criticism about the studio's viability. After a positive test screening, Valkyries release in North America was ultimately changed to December 25, 2008. United Artists renewed its marketing campaign to reduce its focus on Cruise and to highlight Singer's credentials. The film received mixed reviews in the United States and in Germany, where it opened commercially on January 22, 2009.

Usage examples of "valkyrie".

The General frantically canceled the Valkyrie alarm and the troops were marched back to their barracks as quickly and as inconspicuously as possible.

She was a Valkyrie, a vengeful goddess, and those who worked in the stables sprang into action when they saw her hurry down the steps from the great hall with her deerhound at her heels.

Alpine subrace, short and stocky and brunette, so they appreciate the Valkyrie type.

Wagner must have learnt between Das Rheingold and the Kaisermarsch that there are yet several dramas to be interpolated in The Ring after The Valkyries before the allegory can tell the whole story, and that the first of these interpolated dramas will be much more like a revised Rienzi than like Siegfried.

First, The Ring, with all its gods and giants and dwarfs, its water-maidens and Valkyries, its wishing-cap, magic ring, enchanted sword, and miraculous treasure, is a drama of today, and not of a remote and fabulous antiquity.

THE VALKYRIES Before the curtain rises on the VALKYRIES, let us see what has happened since it fell on The Rhine Gold.

The Third Act On a rocky peak, four of the Valkyries are waiting for the rest.

Indeed, the ultimate catastrophe of the Saga cannot by any perversion of ingenuity be adapted to the perfectly clear allegorical design of The Rhine Gold, The Valkyries, and Siegfried.

Brynhild is not only not the Brynhild of The Valkyries, she is the Hiordis of Ibsen, a majestically savage woman, in whom jealousy and revenge are intensified to heroic proportions.

The Valkyries than any other in Night Falls On The Gods, is as clearly part of a different and earlier conception as the episode which concludes it, in which Siegfried actually robs Brynhild of her ring, though he has no recollection of having given it to her.

The Rhine Gold, The Valkyries, and the first two acts of Siegfried, that you have never seen anything like it before, and that the inspiration is entirely original.

The Valkyries, nor is anything but external splendor added to the life and humor of Siegfried.

Sieglinda in the third act of The Valkyries when Brynhild inspires her with a sense of her high destiny as the mother of the unborn hero.

If you ask why he did not throw Siegfried into the waste paper basket and rewrite The Ring from The Valkyries onwards, one must reply that the time had not come for such a feat.

Zinging past -- leaving Atsukos left exposed -- the Valkyrie fired dual Banshee cannons that warped the beartraps shields, then sent in four screaming Hornets smart enough to home on the damaged area.