A shieldmaiden (Old Norse: skjaldmær, Danish: skjoldmø, Norwegian: skjoldmøy, Swedish: sköldmö, German: Schildmaid) in Scandinavian folklore and mythology was a woman who had chosen to fight as a warrior. They are often mentioned in sagas such as Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks and in Gesta Danorum.
No way in hell they were this fucking haut
- Because their beliefs allowed for it (Odinism, Asatru), which far succeeded that compared to modern day western religions.Vote A
- Because all they could accomplish was based upon strength of the people, the more helping hands they had the better the outcomeVote B
- Something elseVote C
Most Helpful Girl
Huh, interesting question! Had me thinking of various reasons.. well I suppose it depends on where the vikings were located and how big their community was. So if it was a smaller community, Id take it that they had the women and younger girls trained to fight for more protection against enemies as the men had to hunt while woman served for domestic duties such as caring for the children. Bigger communities wouldn't need to worry as much.
However there was not a lot of mention about shieldmaidens in history documents so perhaps failing to mention woman fighting kept the patriarchal balance and order within the community. I studied egyptian history last year and they never had words to define "he" or "she", they described people with their names (the letter at the end of the name indicated whether they were a girl or boy) so perhaps this method was adopted into the Vikings methodologies.
But woman have always been seen as the lesser species so would make sense to not mention women fighting in battles, would have put the men to shame.
But thats just my opinion 👍
Most Helpful Guy
Many ancient societies had stories about female warriors, but most myths are based on some facts, that includes the Amazons, Volscian viragos, Valkyries etc.
East Asia also had female Kung Fu masters in China (like Wu Mei and Yim Wing Chun), as well as female ninjas in Japan (Kunoichi), and some other, less know martial art women in Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos etc.
So, why would the Vikings be any different? Klingons from Star Trek also seem to be very patriarchal, but their women are quite dangerous warriors ;)