Hlaðgerðr the shield maiden, otherwise known as Lagertha. Wife of Ragnar Lodbrok, she was a fierce and strong character in the sagas & imaginations since.
She fought for her freedom; leading captured women to victory after her father was defeated and she with her kin captured by her father's foe. Ragnar who had heard of her plight had come to aid the women, but it was Lagertha's bravery and skill that won the day and left an impression on the king. He won her hand (inspite of her setting a bear and a wolf on him!) but the marriage was short-lived. Such was her honour she would still later come to her former husband Ragnar's aid when he was under attack.
According to Saxo Grammiticus Lagertha was:
"a skilled warrior woman, who, though a maiden fought in front among the bravest with her hair loose over her shoulders. All marvelled at her matchless deeds, for her locks flying down her back betrayed that she was a woman."
Here she is depicted on the battlefield, killing her once captor. The dragons below the characters embody their lifelines and fate.
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