The most wonderful thing about Norse mythology–in my perhaps not so
humble opinion–is not the tales. nor the adventures. nor the places.
but rather the names. No Johns and Marys or Jims or Janes for them.
Not even a Zeus or a Jupiter or a Mercury or an Athena among the lot.
Or even a Sabah or an Ali or a Sheherezade. No no no. They have an
Einheriar and an Aesir and a Freki and a Sleipnir and a Svadilfari.
Hello Sleipnir. Let me introduce you. This is Svadilfari. Never mind
that Sleipnir was an eight legged horse.
But I digress. as I am often wont to do. And let us return to the
Valkyr. Valkyrie for some of you. Walkyrie for even others. They
comprise of a host of female figures who have been given two tasks
with which to fill the purposes of their existence. The first was to
swoop down when soldiers were doing battle and decide who shall
perish and who shall live. Among those that perish, the Valkyr choose
fifty percent of those that had fallen and bring them to the
afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled by Odin. It is there
that the deceased ones become einherjar–lone fighters who have died
Which brings us by way of slight segue. to the second job of the
Valkyrs. and that is to bring to their chosen … when the moment is
ripe. horns filled with mead. It’s not like in your local tavern. If
you’re dead you don’t just sidle up to the bar and say hey buddy,
I’ll have a horn of your finest mead. You await for the Valkyrs–who
are also lovers of heroes and other mere mortal human type beings–to
bring you your well deserved swig of beer.
Which brings us of course. to a most delicate question. Hey.
Benjamin. What the devil has this got to do with jewelry? Now I ask
you this. Is there a single one amongst you that really believes I
was not prepared for this querye
Hah. Innocent readers. Do you not know what I have here? I have a
pendant. Yes I do. Sixth century no less. Swedish to boot. And it’s
cast in the likeness of a Valkyr. Now here’s the shocker for you
all. You read what I wrote. And you think. wow… this Valkyrs must
surely be a stunner. Well. You would be right. And you would be
wrong. A stunner. perhaps. But would you recognize her for the
beautiful woman she is purported to be? Methinks not.
So go. Take a look. And tell me in a most honest fashion. if I had
not told you who she was. would you have known she was a Valkyr. or
even a beautiful woman? Hmmme
You know where by now. Yes?
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits. may I
direct you to my home page at http://www.tyler-adam.com where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits. click it. and you will see represented on our
pages an image of a most interesting sixth century Valkyr pendant.
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.