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Shield-maidens were women who had chosen to fight as warriors alongside men in Scandinavian folklore and mythology.

Shield-maidens also appear in sagas such as Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks and in Gesta Danorum. Shield-maidens also appear in stories of other Germanic peoples: Goths, Cimbri and Marcomanni. While, historical existence of shield-maidens is still heavily debated, they do feature prominently in the series. Lagertha, Gunnhild, Astrid, Torvi, Porunn and Brynhildr are among the shield-maidens featured.

Notable Shield-maidens

Image Name Status First Appearance
Lagertha S5x10.jpg
Lagertha Deceased Rites of Passage
Lagertha was the first Shield maiden introduced in the series and is quite famous in her own right
Torvi better quality.png Torvi Alive Treachery
Torvi is a Shield-Maiden trained by Lagertha for at least nine years, Torvi was second in command to Lagertha
Thorunn.jpg Þórunn Missing Unforgiven
Þórunn was a new Shield-Maiden with only training with Lagertha for a least a few Months. She was Badly injured on the Battlefield. She left Kattegat.
Gunnhild.PNG Gunnhild Deceased The Lord's Prayer
Gunnhild was a Shield-Maiden in her own right she was killed by Lagertha
Astrid.png Astrid Deceased The Outsider
Astrid was new Shield-Maiden who was trained by Lagertha she was third in command to Lagertha. Unfortunately, after kidnapped by King Harald and became his queen, she forced Lagertha to kill her because she refused to have an child of Harald.
Siegfried awakens Brunhild.jpg Brynhildr Deceased

Brother's War

Brynhildr was an incredibly famous Shield-maiden and a princess, Brynhildr was also said to be a Valkyrie