The extraordinary Viking expansion from the Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural network with contacts from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic, and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean.
VALKYRIES - there would be six, nine, or thirteen VALKYRIES at a time. They would select among half of those who died in battle. And then bring them to VALHALLA. The other half would go to the goddess FREYA’s afterlife field FOLKVANGR. FREYA always had the first pick of the fallen Vikings.