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BRYNHILD

Also known as BRUNHILDE , BRUNHILT , BRUNNEHILDE

One of Odin's bravest & fairest Valkyries. Unfortunately she was a loose cannon too.

Odin was a big fan of Hjalmgunnar and promised him victory in a forth coming battle of kings. He 'suggested' Brynhild choose him on the battlefield, but did she listen? Nope, she chose Agnar instead, which made Odin look a little bit silly.

Lets be honest, a suggestion from Odin is basically do or die and anything else is plain old disobedience. When push came to shove Brynhild was pushed straight out out of her position as chooser of the slain and shoved straight into marriage just to get her loose cannon ass off Odin's battlefield.

Brynhild thought she'd bested Odin by stipulating ridiculous conditions for her own betrothal involving an inpenetrable ring of fire and numerous seemingly unachievable stipulations. But Odin was a bit of a whizz at working out riddles and put Brynhild to sleep while he found loop holes in every one.

Moments later Sigurd, Odin's great, great, great grandson, was on the scene, trained by Regin to read runes and forge broken swords pulled from bran trees, more than a bit heroic after some one on one tutelage from Odin himself and riding the bravest of horses born of Sleipnir.

Sigurd jumped into the burning ring of fire and saw Brynhild looking like sleeping beauty, and while he didn't kiss her he did rip off her armour. Luckily Brynhild wasn't the bashful type and even though she woke up naked with a strange man ogling her she gave him the benefit of the doubt and they fell in love. After three nights together he gave her the ring of Andvari as an engagement present then popped out to visit Gjuki, promising to return and make her his bride.

It all gets a bit messy at this point with Andvari's cursed ring and Grimhild's mead of forgetfulness wreaking havoc while Nibelungs and Volsungs sprung up left right and centre.

Sigurd killed Fafnir who murdered Hreidmar, started to talk to the birds then killed Regin. He got amnesia and did a switcheroo with Gunnar after getting pissed on Grimhild's magical mead then married Brynhild who killed Sigmund jnr as step one of her cunning 'make Sigurd's life a complete misery' masterplan. Brynhild hired Hogni who sub-contracted Guttorm to kill Sigurd, then the guilt ridden ex-valkyrie threw herself onto her forgetful ex-fiances funeral pyre. Was the engagement ever officially called off? No-one knows, and its easier not to ask!

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'BRYNHILD' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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