-cyrige, -cyrie, an; f. A chooser of the slain.
According to the mythology, as seen in its Northern form, the Val-kyrjur were the goddesses who chose the slain that were to be conducted by them to Odin's hall -- Val-halla : 'Þær ríða jafnan at kjósa val.' Something of the old idea is still shewn in the following glosses, in which the word renders a Fury, a Gorgon, or the goddess of war :-- Uualcyrge Tisifone,
Wrt. Voc. ii. 122, 34: Eurynis,
107, 43. Walcrigge Herinis,
110, 34. Wælcyrge, 43, 2: Bellona,
94, 15: 12, 12. Wælcyrige Allecto,
5, 72. Wælcyrie Tisiphona,
i. 60, 21. Ða deór habbaþ wælkyrian eágan hae bestie oculos habent Gorgoneos,
Nar. 34, 6. But elsewhere it is used apparently with the sense of witch
:-- Wyccan and wælcyrian and unlybwyrhtan, Wulfst. 298, 18. Wiccan and wælcerian, 165, 34. Wiccean and wælcyrian, Chart. Erl. 231, 10. [Clerkes out of Caldye ... wycheȝ & walkyries ... deuinores of demorlaykes ... sorsers & exorsismus, Allit. Pms. 85, 1577. Icel.