(We need to add here that in the archaic Germanic world the hero couldn’t simply go and claim  a young woman: he had to prove himself worthy of   her, as we see in  one of the most famous  stories, that  of Sigurd/Siegfried and Brynhild. Even though Siegfried had already proved himself  a hero by passing the circle of flames in which the valkirie was asleep cause that had been Odin’s enchantment, that only the greatest of heroes could enter it and wake her, he felt that it wasn’t enough, that to be good enough to marry her  he needed more glory, so the two parted for their separate paths of dragonslaying and fighting, until their fate reunited them -alas – in an embrace of death.)

 

 

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