Brynhildr The Defiant Valkyrie

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*Folklore, poetry & fiction writer

According to the Völsunga Sagas of The Valkyries we discover that they must answer to Odin and do his bidding or they will suffer the consequences such as one defiant Valkyrie named Brynhildr or Brünnhilde who bestowed the victory of a battle to Agnarr instead of Odin. Odin punished her for her betrayal towards him by pricking her with the thorn of sleep which induced an everlasting slumber. (Some claim this is the original Sleeping Beauty legend that the children’s story may have evolved from.)

Brynhildr was protected by several shields encircling her with a wall of fire. According to the tale she was eventually awakened by a kiss from Sigurdr or Sigurd whom she had previously shared with him the meaning of the runes.

Photo below:The Ledberg Rune stone designated as Ög 181 under Rundata,located in Östergötland, Sweden. Translation: Bisi placed this stone in memory of Þorgautr…

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