The Valkyries are female warlike virgins, who mount upon horses and arm themselves with helmets and spears. They decides who will die in battle. There will be six, nine, or thirteen Valkyries at a time, hovering over the battlefield, like birds over their prey. They will select among half of those who die in battle and bring them to Valhalla. The other half will go to the goddess Freya’s afterlife field Folkvangr. Freya always has the first pick, of the fallen Vikings.