Valkyrie
noun Etymology: German & Old Norse; German Walküre, from Old Norse valkyrja, literally, chooser of the slain; akin to Old English wælcyrige witch, Old Norse valr the slain, Old High German kiosan to choose — more at choose Date: 1770 any of the maidens of Odin who choose the heroes to be slain in battle and conduct them to Valhalla

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  • Valkyrie — Título Valkiria (España) Operación Valquiria (Hispanoamérica) Ficha técnica Dirección Bryan Singer Producción Christopher McQuarrie Bryan Singe …   Wikipedia Español

  • Valkyrie — (deutsch: Walküre) ist die Bezeichnung für: der Name der britischen Herausfordereryacht im 8. America s Cup 1893, siehe Valkyrie II das nordamerikanische Versuchsflugzeug North American XB 70 aus den 1960er Jahren eine US amerikanische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Valkyrie — 1768, one of 12 war maidens who escorted the brave dead to Valhalla, from O.N. valkyrja, lit. chooser of the slain, from valr those slain in battle (see VALHALLA (Cf. Valhalla)) + kyrja chooser, from ablaut root of kjosa to choose, from P.Gmc.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Valkyrie — [val kir′ē, val′ki rē] n. [ON valkyrja, lit., chooser of the slain < valr, those slain (see VALHALLA) + kjōsa, to CHOOSE] Norse Myth. any of the maidens of Odin who conduct the souls of heroes slain in battle to Valhalla and attend them there… …   English World dictionary

  • Valkyrie — In Norse mythology the valkyries (Old Norse Valkyrja Choosers of the Slain ) are dísir , minor female deities, who served Odin. The valkyries purpose was to determine the victors of battles and wars, and to choose the most heroic of those who had …   Wikipedia

  • Valkyrie — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Valkyrie (homonymie). Sculpture intitulée Sinding Valkyrie par Stephan Sinding (1846 1922), dans un parc de Copenhague …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Valkyrie —    (val KEE ree) [Old Norse: chooser of the slain] In Norse mythology, one of the beautiful war maidens who brings the souls of heroes slain in battle to Valhalla.    Into any fray she bursts, a media Medusa, a Valkyrie for hire, Penthesilea… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • Valkyrie — Valkyrian, adj. /val kear ee, kuy ree, vahl , val keuh ree/, n. Scand. Myth. any of the beautiful maidens attendant upon Odin who bring the souls of slain warriors chosen by Odin or Tyr to Valhalla and there wait upon them. Also, Walkyrie. [ < ON …   Universalium

  • Valkyrie — noun /ˈvælˌkɪ.ɹi/ Any of the female attendants, or handmaidens of Odin, minor female deities said to guide fallen warriors from the battlefield to Valhalla. Often in reference to Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen (published 1853) …   Wiktionary

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