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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Valkyries: Goddesses of the Battlefield

Note: I'm switching my blogging day to Thursdays. I'm off of work and have time to get it done. Now on to the meat.

This is going to be the first in a series called Supernatural Warriors. You can thank @jessfortunato for this idea. The first in the segment will be:


So, the word Valkyrie means "chooser of the slain." They were these goddesses that worked for Odin in Norse Mythology. (For those that don't know: Odin was the king of the Norse gods. He is the good of war and death as well as poetry and wisdom.) They choose certain men who die in battle to become einherjar and fight for Odin at Ragnarok (the Norse end of the world). When the einherjar weren't preparing for Rgnakrok, they were served mead by the Valkyries in the great hall of Valhalla.

Most of the time, Valkyries are depicted as beautiful women with blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. They wear scarlet corsets and carried shields and spears. They sometimes ride winged horses as in the picture above.

One of the most noted Valkyries is Brynhidr or Brunhilde. In the Volsunga Saga she was a shield maiden who had to choose between to kings, Hjalmgunnar and Agnar, to fight for. Odin favored Hjalmgunnar but she chose Agnar. So Odin turned her into a mortal and imprisoned her in a tower where she had to sleep in a ring of fire until a man rescued and married her. This turned out to be Sigour Sigmundson. They go on to have their trials and tribulations. Another version is told in "The Song of the Nibelungs," which I have been told was inspiration for some of J.R.R. Tolkein's work.

Anyway, Valkyries appear throughout various 13th century Norse poems and stories. If you haven't yet, you should check out Norse Mythology. It is full of Epic. What about you dear readers. Do you have any Supernatural Warriors you want me to blog about? Let me know!

Monday, May 21, 2012


This is a short story but another wonderful person on Twitter: J. Scott Sharp. You can follow him @JScottSharp.

Premise (Taken from Goodreads): Roger met Libby for the first time and would do anything to be with her. She's beautiful and popular. He and his best friend are not. Quite the opposite. But then his friend tells him a secret and Roger's whole life goes into a tailspin that he may never get out of.

It could be a matter of life and death.

The Good:

Love Triangle: Ah yes, we've seen them everywhere. However, Mr. Sharp provides a fresh view of the love triangle. This time the story comes from the point of view of one of the pursuers not the pursued. I like the take because it let you see in the eyes of someone else.

Main Character: I really enjoyed Roger. I could put myself into his shoes. It really took me back to being in high school (Not sure if that is a good thing). I could also relate to his dilemma over Libby.

The Plot: It was simple which is perfect for a story this length. It did not have anytime to get me confused with other subplots.

The Bad:

Character Motivations: At times I had to question the character motivations fo David and Libby. However, I know this a short story and I could probably understand where they were coming from more if it had been longer.

Overall: This is great short story. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something they can read in one sitting. I'm looking forward to reading more on Mr. Sharp's work.

Monday, May 7, 2012


I started a new job this week. I am taking a short hiatus until I get adjusted to my new schedule. I should be back by next week of the week after.