by Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir   
@sagaknitter   

Valkyries: the female supernatural beings that choose who dies and who lives on the battlefield. They protect some, but guide spears, arrows and sword blades into the bodies of others. Viking myths about valkyries attempt to elevate the banality of war – to make the pain and suffering, the lost limbs and deformities, the piles of lifeless bodies of young men, glorious and worthwhile. Rather than their death being futile, it is their destiny and good fortune, determined by divine beings. The women in these stories take full part in the power struggles and upheavals in their communities, for better or worse.

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, “Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World”
6/11/20       57 min


Military History Inside Out
Viking culture and warfare history book – “Valkyrie”
5/7/20        78 min


History, eh?
1:23 Valkyrie: The Women of the Norse World with Dr. Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir
5/13/20       54 min


Saga Thing
Saga Brief 18 – Women of the Viking World interview with Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir
6/21/20       79 min


Hidden Histories
The Valkyries with Johanna Katrn Friŗiksdt̤tir
4/28/20       37 min


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