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
Kidnapped from Earth and abandoned in Asgard of Norse mythology, Dani Avery must fight to return home. When she stumbles upon a band of outlaws, Prince Rein agrees to take her to the Rainbow Bridge personally. Although Dani is attracted to the handsome elf, his only interest seems to be in separating her from the magical sword and shield at her side. In Asgard City, rules, regulations and bureaucrats stymie Dani’s quest. Increasingly frustrated and desperate, she seeks help among powerful immortals. Unfortunately, Dani becomes ensnared in a devious trap that may leave her stranded and alone in Asgard forever.