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[eyja]
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Subject:Etymology question
Time:10:47 pm
I'm interested in the etymology of valkyrja. According to the Cleasby online dictionary (specifically on png. 675), it is made up of two elements val-kyrja. This is supported in Gordon. The val-, I'm assuming, is related to valr "the slain" (please correct me if I'm wrong), but what of -kyrja? I have thus far not found it in Cleasby or Gordon. Can anyone help me?
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yugure
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Time:2007-06-28 04:41 am (UTC)
The Online Etymology Dictionary hasn't failed me horribly yet, so I'll interject with this titbit:
one of 12 war-maidens who escorted the brave dead to Valhalla, from O.N. valkyrja, lit. "chooser of the slain," from valr "those slain in battle" + kyrja "chooser," from ablaut root of kjosa "to choose," from P.Gmc. *keusan, from PIE *geus- "to taste, choose". O.E. form was Wælcyrie, but they seem not to have figured as largely in Anglo-Saxon tales as in Scandinavian. Ger. Walküre (Wagner) is from O.N.
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