Now, I'm not a proponent of warfare, battles, death and misery but, having said that, I've always had a certain fascination with Valkyries, the "Choosers of the Slain." Accompanied by ravens and riding their fierce horses through the sky, these Nordic Warrior Goddesses carry fallen heroes and warriors from the battlefield to Valhalla, the home of the Gods.
Valkyries are tough, no-nonsense Goddesses. And they are given suitable names to prove it, names that reflect and celebrate conflict. For example, Brynhildr, the name of the head Valkyrie, means Bright Battle. Her sisters have names like War, Tumult, Chaos, Devastation and Clash. And then there are Sword-time, Spear-flinger, War Axe, Victory Rune, Cruelty and Killer. Not to mention Battle Spear, Battle Cry, Battle Noise and War Oath. Even the softer sounding Ale Rune is a reference to drunken brawling.
But there's one Valkyrie who resonates with me above all others -- Bossy. Yes indeed -- Bossy the Valkyrie. She doesn't sound quite up to the same belligerence level as her sisters but still, I bet she can seriously get on someone's nerves which might cause conflict to break out.
Hey, don't get me wrong. I do not have a soft spot for Bossy because she is in any way like me.
[My Rare One and Her Royal Highness both vehemently shake their heads: Nooooooo, no resemblance there!]
Bossy the Valkyrie sounds well-meaning, really, and gosh, can she help it if she just knows better than everyone else?
[And now my Rare One and HRH commence exaggerated rolling of eyes.]
It would save so much time if everyone just listened to her! And did things her way which is the correct way, after all.