Why should men have all the fun? Warrior women, or shieldmaidens, are mentioned in various Norse sagas and in Scandinavian folklore. These women lived their lives in the pursuit of honor and heroism, much like their male counterparts. The Valkyries (choosers of the slain) may be based on shieldmaidens.
One of the more prominent shieldmaidens, Brynhildr (aka Brunhild/Brünnhilde/Brynhild) appears in the famous Wagner opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. It is Brynhildr’s final aria in the lengthy Götterdämmerung (five hours long!) that inspired the phrase “It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.”
The word ‘fat’ is, of course, a reference to the stereotypical female opera singer, and not to shieldmaidens. Warrior women were seen as desirable babes to be wooed and won. Even so, in Nibelungenlied, shieldmaiden Brünhild ties up her new husband, Gunther, and suspends him from the ceiling on their wedding night. To each her own; what happens in Iceland, stays in Iceland, I suppose. *winks* ~ S.G. Rogers
When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.
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