29. Warriors believed Valkyries would take them into Valhalla when they died
We seldom hear about women in mythology. Unless it’s Greek then there’s a fat chance you won’t find much about women in mythology, especially any that hold any power in the mortal realm. But there is one female presence that strikes fear even in the hearts of men: Valkyries. Powerful beings adorned with swan feathers, shields, and chainmail, they are Odin’s prized warriors.
It was the Valkyries who chose the fate of fallen warriors. Only the fierce and brave were allowed to enter Valhalla and meet the powerful sky god Odin, while the benign are sent to Freya’s field, Folkvang, the adobe of the goddess of love, fertility, and sometimes war.