VALKYRIES (Old Norse valkyriur, "choosers of the slain"), figures of Northern mythology, generally represented as divine (less frequently human) maidens who ride through the air on Odin's service.
Again, those who had fallen in battle were supposed to go to Valhalla, where they became warriors in Odin's service.
Odin's island, is one of the oldest cities of Denmark.
Odin's name is connected with that of Wuotan, and referred to the Old High-German verb watan wuot = meare, cum impetu ferri (Grimm, Teut.
Odin's brethren (in Gylfi's Mocking) are Vile and Ve, who with him slew Ymir the giant, and made all things out of the fragments of his body.
Odin's wife was Frigg; their sons were Thor (the thunder-god) and Balder, whose myth is well known in English poetry.
But every brand forged by the smith broke under Sigurd's stroke; till at last he fetched the fragments of the sword Gram, Odin's gift to his father, which Hiortis had carefully treasured.