According to Ægil's Saga, women that died in battle would go to Sessrúmnir with Freya, along with half of the slain in battle. It is also believed she might have chosen very skilled artisans as well, but Odin once implies Thor is the one doing so. And apparently, if you were a virgin you would be received by Gefjon Other good afterlife is Helgafell, which might be in Helhein, where good people in general and those fallen in battle but not chosen by Valkyries would go Death here is complicated
//When we talk about the Norse afterlife I usually consult the old literature, the source of it all, mainly the Poetic & Prose Edda. For me, Ægil’s Saga is a bit ‘newer’ than those I mentioned, but suit yourself!
It’s all just mythology. If you believe in it, if you think this is the way, then this is the way. I’ve stated facts from actual, original sources, nothing more. No malicious intent.
Besides, personally, and don’t take this wrong, but I don’t understand why everyone wants to get to Valhalla.
To be precise — according to the original Poetic and Prose Edda —, every dead goes to Hel first, and that is where Freyja chooses the best of the fallen first, then Odin chooses for himself.
Now, if you get to Valhalla, you get good food, good drinks (although there’re so many warriors that it’s a problem, as some passages I mentioned contained this information earlier), but there’s a wonderful task you’ve got to prepare for, every day — Ragnarök. A mighty battle fought by Odin and his einherjar. Against monsters like the Moon-eater Fenrir. And if they die in said battle? They go to Hel.
Mmm, no thanks.
I mean aye, glorious death to die (basically you DIE TWICE), but I wouldn’t want to live for who knows how long, doing nothing but training for the last Big Boss Battle™. Yes, it’d be nice to spend some time with the gods and Valkyries, but if I had a chance to choose, I’d choose Hel.
Why? Because it is said and believed Hel is similar to our world, there we can even be with our loved ones and do what we do even right now. Personally, I’d be so very happy with afterlife if I could spend it with nothing but writing stories.
Not training for the Big Boss Battle™. I’m soft. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway, it’s just my opinion :D!