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Ride of the Valkyries is probably Wagner’s best-known music.
  Norse mythology:  any of the maidens of Odin who chose the most heroic of those slain in battle and conduct them into the afterworld
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Brunhilde, the mighty female warrior, may be the best known of the Valkyries because she is the heroine of German epics.
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audio sample: Ride of the Valkyries
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  • Ride of the Valkyries is probably Wagner’s best-known music.
  • Until this instant, hoping against hope, Sophie had said to herself that the woman’s advances just might be innocuous, but now, so close, the signs of her voracious letch—first her rapid breathing and then the ripe rosiness spreading like a rash over the bestially handsome face, half Valkyrie, half gutter trull—left no doubt about her intentions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I root for her, and I feel like that must help because someone pops on a Wagner CD, although I don’t know that the rousing "Ride of the Valkyries" is what I had in mind.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • If the pianist suggested playing the Ride of the Valkyries, or the Prelude to Tristan, Mme. Verdurin would protest, not that the music was displeasing to her, but, on the contrary, that it made too violent an impression.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way

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  • Changes ripple through her: She’s a queen, a Valkyrie, a warrior in chain mail.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Alas! a little Danish schooner, the Valkyrie, was to sail on the second of June for Reykjavik.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • He listened as the fury of the storm blended with the violence of Wagner’s "Flight of the Valkyries.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • On the second of the month, at two in the morning, our precious cargo of luggage was taken on board the good ship Valkyrie.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Fee insists she will go as a Valkyrie.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • The Valkyrie was swift enough, but with all sailing boats there is the same uncertainty.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth

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  • The Valkyrie kept off the coast, steering to the westward.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • On the other hand is the large bay of Faxa, bordered on the north by the enormous glacier of Sneffels, and in which bay the Valkyrie was then the only vessel at anchor.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Two days later we were not far from the coast of Scotland, somewhere near what Danish sailors call Peterhead, and then the Valkyrie stretched out direct for the Faroe Islands, between Orkney and Shetland.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Felicity is a Valkyrie, her shining blond hair flowing over a dress of silver complete with wings.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
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Associated words [difficulty]:   valkyrie [8] , Thor [5] , Loki [6] , Odin [6] , Balder [9]
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