In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is a female figure who decides which soldiers die in battle and which live. Selecting among those who die in battle, the valkyries bring their chosen ones to the afterlife, Walhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, and sometimes connected to swans or horses.
In my lifetime I read a lot of literature, amongst them tales of the Gods from the North. I always loved their mind-games and their never-ending debacles. I was intrigued by their demeanor towards mortals, that resulted in either hatred or love.
I chose to paint the Valkyrie, because they are in the middle rank. They do not have enough power to call themselves God, but because they accompany humans in their afterlife they share the same emotions like humans. That's why they are so interesting in my opinion.
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Tales of Times.