Herja

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"The Ride of the Valkyrs" (1909) by John Charles Dollman.

In Norse mythology, Herja (Old Norse) is a valkyrie attested in the longer of the two Nafnaþulur lists found in the Prose Edda.[1]

Rudolf Simek says the name is etymologically related to the Old Norse herja and Old High German herjón (meaning "devastate"), and derives from Proto-Germanic word *Herjaza. Simek notes that the Continental Germanic goddess name Hariasa (attested from a now lost 2nd century stone found in Cologne, Germany) also derives from *Herjaza, but says that "it is almost impossible to say whether Herja was in fact an original name of a goddess even among the North Germanic peoples," and that "an independent development is equally likely in the case of a 'goddess of war'."[2]

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  1. ^ Jónsson (1973:678).
  2. ^ Simek (2007:143). For Hariasa, Simek (2007:131).

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