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Brynhildr by GENZOMAN Brynhildr by GENZOMAN
Another draw from 2008

Brynhildr is a shieldmaiden and a valkyrie in Norse mythology, where she appears as a main character in the Völsunga saga and some Eddic poems treating the same events.

Brynhildr is the daughter of Budli. She was ordered to decide a fight between two kings: Hjalmgunnar and Agnar. The valkyrie knew that Odin himself preferred the older king, Hjalmgunnar, yet Brynhildr decided the battle for Agnar. For this Odin condemned the valkyrie to live the life of a mortal woman, and imprisoned her in a remote castle behind a wall of shields on top of mount Hindarfjall in the Alps, and cursed her to sleep on a couch (while being surrounded by fire) until any man would rescue and marry her. The hero Sigurðr Sigmundson (Siegfried in the Nibelungenlied), heir to the clan of Völsung and slayer of the dragon Fafnir, entered the castle and awoke Brynhildr by removing her helmet and cutting off her chainmail armour. He immediately fell in love with the shieldmaiden and proposed to her with the magic ring Andvarinaut. Promising to return and make Brynhildr his bride, Sigurðr then left the castle and headed for the court of Gjuki, the King of Burgundyi

In the Eddic poem Helreið Brynhildar (Bryndhildr's ride to Hel), Brynhildr on her journey to Hel encounters a gýgr (giantess) who blames her for an immoral livelihood. Brynhildr responds to her accusations:

"Ever with grief
and all too long
Are men and women
born in the world;
But yet we shall live
our lives together,
Sigurth and I.
Sink down, Giantess!"

wiki´s copypasta :p, since I played Valkyrie profile I used to draw Valkyries with wings :p, secondary effects, lol

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Bigou Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Your art is awe inspiring. (Along as "just" inspiring.)

Valkyria Profile if far from being the only media picturing Valkyries with wings. (That said, I don't know were the strange idea of winged Valkyries came from.)
Aya1971 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your mythology arts!
Graveguard-of-Anubis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww! I love Valkyries! She's so beautyful! *-* <3
Lewllien Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Aye, this one's really a strong pose. not a surprise when depicting Brunhilde. :) The feathers on her helmet are reaaaaly nice - they look very very soft and fluffy... sorry! v////v Still a great peace of art. 
jesschan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zyndarius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Full epicness and sexyness.
SamuraiShinai Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Epic !!
Krysnha Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Beautiful and impresive
Diomedeez Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"And he walks through Hellfire, because Brynhildr is worth it." - Dr. King Schultz, Django Unchained.
vanviking Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
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