There Do I See My Father
Lo, There Do I See My Mother
My Sisters And My
Lo, There Do I See My People
Back To The
Lo, There Do They Call To Me
And Bid Me To Take
In The Halls Of Valhalla
"Where The Brave May Live Forever"
LIFE in VALHALLA
Valhalla, the great hall of the slain warriors is located is Asgard, the realm of Odin. It contains 540 doors, each of which leads to a room that can accommodate 800 warriors. There the Viking warriors spend their days fighting and their nights feasting, until Ragnorok, the day of the final world battle, in which the old gods will perish and a new reign of peace and love will be instituted.
Odin was the god of battle and victory and if a warrior who believes in Odin should fall in battle, and that warrior is honorable with great courage, Odin would send for his special handmaidens called the Valkyrs. The Valkyrie goddesses went forth to collect the bodies of the dead Einheriar (warriors), and take them to Valhalla. The Valkyrs were often called Shield, Battle, or Wish-maidens & would go to the battlefield after the battle was over and choose half the fallen warriors that had died in that battle. They would then load them up on their steeds and carry them back over the Bifrost Bridge to Valhalla. It was often believed that if a warrior saw a Valkyrie before a battle, he would die during the fight.
Waiting at Valhalla would be Odin's sons, Hermod, and Balder, they in turn would take the fallen heroes to the foot of Odin's throne, where they would receive the praises due to them for their valor. If a hero appeared before Odin that was favored by the gods, then Odin (Valfather, father of the slain), himself would stand up from his throne and personally bid him welcome at the great entrance gate of Valhalla. Above the main gate there was a boar’s head and an eagle whose glance penetrated the far corners of the earth. The walls of Valhalla were made from spears that were polished so bright that they illuminated the whole hall. The roof was made from golden shields, and the benches were covered with fine armors.
Nine white-armed virgins, the Valkyrs, wait on the warriors who had removed their armor and were now dressed in pure white robes. It was their duty to serve the meat and keep the warriors mugs full of mead as the Einheriar dinner with their god Odin. Once all the warriors were full of meat and drink they called for their weapons, which the Valkyrs brought to them. Arming themselves again, they would go to the great courtyard where they would relive their great battles over and over again. The fighting would continue, dealing deathly wounds, removing arms and heads, as they tried to prove to Odin of their great feats in battle and skill with their weapons. When the dinner horn would sound again, the warriors would stop fighting and their wounds would be completely healed allowing them to return to the dinning hall to feast yet again.
The Mead (honey wine) or hydromel, which was the main drink at Valhalla, came from Odin’s goat, Heidrum, who fed off the top leaves from the tree of Yggdrasil. The Viking warriors mug that they drank the mead from, were made from either the great horns of animals, or the skulls of their enemies that they had slain on the battlefield. The Meat was from the Saehriminir, a divine boar that the cook Andhrimnir slays and makes daily. He boils the boar in a great cauldron called Eldhrimnir, and then placed the meat on the table before the fallen warrior to feast on until they were gorged and couldn’t eat anymore. Before the next meal came, the great boar Saehriminir, would come back to life; starting the cooking cycle all over again, creating an endless supply of meat to feed the Einheriar.