Despite their prevalence in sagas, depictions of valkyries are relatively rare. They are limited to Swedish pictorial stones dating back to about 700 AD and a handful of early Viking fibuls (brooches) from Sweden and Denmark. So this three-dimensional representation is unique.
The Valkyrie is wearing a long patterned dress, carrying a two-edged Viking sword in her right hand and a shield protecting her body in her left. It dates from around 800 AD.
The figurine was found near an archeological site known to be a metalworking. We're lucky she didn't get far.
This replica is made of bronze. You can tie it on a string, use it as a figurine for a hnefatafl game or just give it a place of honour on your altar. The hole on the bottom is the size of a regular pencil, so we immediately thought that's how we'd have it at home :)
The Valkyries carry the fallen warriors to Valhalla - the Hall of Heroes, where Odin gathers the warriors for the final battle at the so-called Ragnarök - the end of the World. Here, the Valkyries serve these heroes at the evening feasts.
Weight: 25 g
Size: 2 x 3.7 cm