The Viking Princess Who Became a Pirate
Viking princess who decided she’d rather be a pirate than get married.
Cut Content: Did Alfhild actually exist?
Historians are split on the issue. Saxo Grammaticus’s accounts are definitely questionable — later in his text, he railed at length against any women who would devote “hands to the lance which they should rather have applied to the loom.” Lending credence to Saxo’s histories is the fact that many of the others mentioned in her story were proven historical figures. But it’s not enough for some, like Nanna Damsholt, who holds that warrior women like Alfhild (and by extension, Freydis Eiriksdottir, Hervor, Sigrid the Haughty, Blenda, and any number of other shield maidens) were merely creations of men’s minds. The world may never know!
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- You can see the viper and snake teamed up to hold Alfhild onto the ship.
- In the background, with their ship run aground and on fire, are a number of manly-man vikings, some of whom are on fire, and others of whom are shirtless and shivering.