Valkyrie by Edward Robert Hughes

Illustration

Celina Bebenek
by Edward Robert Hughes
published on 08 September 2021
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A painting titled Valkyrie's Vigil created by the painter Edward Robert Hughes before 1915. Valkyries were key figures in various Norse sagas that were present in Prose Edda, the Heimskringla and the Njáls Saga. They were maidens whose role was to participate in battles and to decide which warriors should die and which should be spared. Valkyries were also known for assisting the souls of such fallen warriors to enter Valhalla. Valhalla was an afterlife location in Norse mythology where the souls of those who died a heroic death on a battlefield enjoyed the blissful company of gods.

The image portrays a rather romantic interpretation of the myth. Valkyrie is presented here as a beautiful, nostalgic and soft creature with only a little reference to her role as a goddess of war.

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Hughes, E. R. (2021, September 08). Valkyrie by Edward Robert Hughes. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14596/valkyrie-by-edward-robert-hughes/

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Hughes, Edward Robert. "Valkyrie by Edward Robert Hughes." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 08, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14596/valkyrie-by-edward-robert-hughes/.

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Hughes, Edward Robert. "Valkyrie by Edward Robert Hughes." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 08 Sep 2021. Web. 20 Sep 2021.