In the Nordic Sagas, Kraka (770-842)(or Áslaug as was her real name) was the daughter of the Danish Viking chief, Sigurd Fafnesbane and Brynhild, one of the Valkyries, but she was brought up in a poor Norwegian family.
Few women in history are portrayed with such skill, wit, power, and courage. I'm proud to tell you about one of them. Today's post is about a woman from Norse mythology named Kraka, who prior to tonight, I knew very little about. Kraka was asked to solve a near impossible riddle which she did, with aplomb.
According to legend, Kraka had to solve this riddle before she could meet the Viking chief, Regnar Lodbrog, whom she would later marry.
She was instructed to appear before him "neither clothed nor naked, neither eating nor fasting, and neither alone nor accompanied by anyone." Kraka solved the riddle by covering herself in her long hair fastened by a fishing net. She bit into an onion, not considered to be food to show she was not fasting. Then she made a dog accompany her.
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From the Mythology Dictionary: