Viking Valkyrie Tattoo
The heaven that we commonly catch sight of usually depict the beautiful angels who sang and played harp. But that is not the common image in the Viking belief and Norse saga. The angels in Norse mythology were the Valkyries who were believed to be the inspiration for Viking shieldmaiden or Viking female warriors.
In Norse mythology, the Valkyries didn't play harp. They wielded weapons and wore armour to help Odin. They were Odin's female helping spirit. Viking warriors respected the Valkyries because they were the choosers of the brave warriors. It meant that the Valkyries would choose which warriors could enter Valhalla and live with Odin the Allfather.
Valkyries indeed are the coolest figures in Norse mythology. Because the depiction and meaning of the Valkyrie stepped out from the social stereotype of the ancient times. Whenever the women could wield a weapon and have a special position in the society? This didn't happen in the ancient time and it was even considered hilarious and unacceptable in the ancient age. Norse saga was different and the concept of Valkyries proved the ancient prejudice towards women wrong. The modern women are shining brighter than ever before. The concept of Valkyrie in the Norse sagas and Viking belief is suitable for the modern age.
Below are some modern depictions of the Valkyries (which might have not collide with the historical depictions). Yet, the meaning of the Viking Valkyrie tattoo remains the same. May you find your inspiration for your next Viking Tattoo in this blog post.
Historical depiction of Valkyrie as a wrist tattoo