Saturday, 18 April 2009

The Trail-Blazing Valkyries


Bullfinch's Mythology (1855) describes the Valkyries as "warlike virgins, mounted upon horses and armed with helmets and spears. (...) When they ride forth on their errand, their armour sheds a strange flickering light, which flashes up over the northern skies, making what men call the "aurora borealis", or "Northern Lights".

1 comment:

sallymandy said...

You know, I didn't know that about the Valkyries myth. I did live in Alaska for a few years and experienced the surreal coolness of the aurora on a regular basis. It almost moved me to make up myths, too. Interesting post and fab photo.

Thanks for recent encouragement on my "memoir-y" post. I appreciate that! I think I'll do more of them.