©2021 Michael Raven
struck by a volley of arrows buried to fletch blood foaming at mouth with no succor in sight the warrior considers he may have lost a battle he never wanted waits for the beat of wings to carry him to fólkvangr praying he, at least, passed that test
Author’s note: As I’ve been digging into the runes and the Northern Shamanic Traditions for hints at what our “prehistory ancestors” (never mind that their oral history was annihilated by a conquering religion) may have believed and done, I am struck by just how much emphasis is placed on Odin’s Valhalla, which is a place where but half of those slain in battle may end up (provided they meet the standards of the gods). A frequently ignored detail: the other half of the slain are selected by Freya for residing in Fólkvangr until the time of Ragnarok. I wonder if the old warriors were picky about such things (“Oh! Thanks, but no thanks, I want to hang with Odin. Tell Freya I want to see if he has a better offer.”). Anyway, I decided to mix it up and assume that they wouldn’t much care which seat they held in the afterlife.