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What's in a Name?

Friday, January 08, 2010

Just a fun, bonus blog for today. :)

Like many of you, I read the Spark article going around encouraging people to change their Spark names to reflect their positive selves, rather than be self deprecating. Are our online aliases a reflection of ourselves? If so, what does mine say?!

Valkyries are from Norse Viking mythology. They were servants of Odin, king of the gods. The Vikings believed that when a warrior died valorously in battle, armored maidens called the Valkyries collected their souls to take them to Valhalla. There, they would basically be manly men doing the things manly Viking men did, like drinking ale and starting bar fights. The Valkyries served double duty as barmaids, bringing them endless ale and roast mutton in Valhalla. Presumably, the Valkyries were probably pretty hot blondes getting their bums pinched by such a rowdy lot.

Anyway, the Viking souls would drink ale served by Valkyries and start bar fights with each other until Ragnorak, the end of the world, where they would be called upon to battle again. Hopefully all that ale and mutton for eons wouldn't leave them too out of shape to fight!

So why did I pick this name? Mythology and fantasy stories have always been my preferred fiction. I've always been drawn to the image of a 'warrior maiden'. When I played pretend as a child, I never imagined myself as the adored princess in the ivory tower. I imagined myself as the princess in shining armor. I imagined myself as Eowyn rather than Arwen, if you're familiar with Lord of the Rings.

The true mythological depiction of a valkyrie is actually pretty chauvinistic. However, I've taken up the symbol for many years and rebranded it as part of my own mythology. I've always been a very independent person, preferring to forge my own path rather than following one laid for me. Many of my friends would indeed describe me as a fighter. I hold deeply to my convictions. Perhaps because of my short stature (5'0"), I've learned to speak with an affirmative voice so that I am heard.

So I guess in this particular Spark universe, maybe my name means I'm a warrior maiden battling evil cupcakes, siren call of cookies, looming muffin tops, empty calories, and the tyranny of couch potato-dom. :)

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  • MYTURN11
    I like this blog. Hail warrior maiden Valkyries! Seriously though, I must admit that it by far the coolest reason for a screen name on this site.

    4030 days ago
    I like this blog. I gave myself BabyStep1, because I was going to put all of the negative talk behind and start my new lifestyle one tiny step at a time.
    4031 days ago
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