An article published in the Guardian; Oct. 24, 2016, entitled “Why Iceland is the best place in the world to be a woman” provides historical clues for the creation of the Shield-maiden mindset. “For centuries, this seafaring nation’s women stayed at home as their husbands traversed the oceans. Without men at home, women played the roles of farmer, hunter, architect, builder. They managed household finances and were crucial to the country’s ability to prosper.” Viking women were fierce and fiercely independent. Women in Viking times enjoyed more rights and freedom than women of perhaps any other culture and likely more rights and freedoms than women in many present-day societies. There is evidence that women accompanied men on these excursions, possibly as Shield-Maidens.
Kittie Bernott writes in her Feb. 25 issue of the Shield Maiden’s Sanctum: the human spirit paints a picture of the shieldmaiden as a woman who cared about honor, prided herself on both inner and outer strength, and fought for the people and the causes that she loved. The shield-maiden spirit lives on in any person who holds these things dear.