FIGURES OF LORE | valkyries, norse mythology
In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja ”chooser of the slain”) is one of a host of female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle (the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s afterlife field Fólkvangr), the valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. There, the deceased warriors become einherjar. When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens, and sometimes connected to swans or horses.
In the Wind // a playlist
bookends; simon & garfunkel | island in the sun; weezer | vapour trail; ride | in the aeroplane over the sea; neutral milk hotel | this year; the mountain goats | easy to love; the jezabels | we are young (acoustic cover); little mix | hallelujah; brandi carlisle | the cave; mumford & sons | numb; marina and the diamonds | crown of love; arcade fire
Fangirl Challenge | [7/10] Sceneries : Snow White and the Huntsman 
“Do you hear that? It’s the sound of battles fought and lives lost. It once pained me to know that I am the cause of such despair, but now their cries give me strength. Beauty is my power..”
Quvenzhané Wallis, The New Princess of Independent Film