In the poem Helgakvia Hundingsbana I, the hero Helgi Hundingsbane sits in the corpse-strewn battlefield of Logafjll. A light shines from the fell, and from that light strike bolts of lightning. Flying through the sky, helmeted valkyries appear. Their waist-length mail armour is drenched in blood; their spears shine brightly:
Then light shone from Logafell,
and from that radiance there came bolts of lightning;
wearing helmets at Himingvani [came the valkyries].
Their byrnies were drenched in blood;
and rays shone from their spears.
In the stanza that follows, Helgi asks the valkyries (who he refers to as "southern goddesses") if they would like to come home with the warriors when night falls (all the while arrows were flying). The battle over, the valkyrie Sigrn ("victory-rune"), informs him from her horse that her father Hgni has betrothed her to Hbroddr, the son of king Granmar of the Hniflung clan, who Sigrn deems unworthy. Helgi assembles an immense host to ride to wage battle at Frekastein against the Hniflung clan to assist Sigrn in her plight to avoid her betrothment. Later in the poem, the hero Sinfjtli flyts with Gumundr. Sinfjtli accuses Gumundr of having once been female, and gibes that Gumundr was "a witch, horrible, unnatural, among Odin's valkyries", adding that all of the einherjar "had to fight, headstrong woman, on your account". Further in the poem, the phrase "the valkyrie's airy sea" is used for "mist".
Towards the end of the poem, valkyries again descend from the sky, this time to protect Helgi amid the battle at Frekastein. After the battle, all the valkyries fly away but Sigrn and wolves (referred to as "the troll-woman's mount") consume corpses:
Helmeted valkyries came down from the sky
the noise of spears grew loudthey protected the prince;
then said Sigrunthe wound-giving valkyries flew,
the troll-woman's mount was feasting on the fodder of ravens:
The battle won, Sigrn tells Helgi that he will become a great ruler and pledges herself to him.
In the prose introduction to the poem Sigrdrfuml, the hero Sigurd rides up to Hindarfell and heads south towards "the land of the Franks". On the mountain Sigurd sees a great light, "as if fire were burning, which blazed up to the sky". Sigurd approaches it, and there he sees a skjaldborg with a banner flying overhead. Sigurd enters the skjaldborg, and sees a warrior lying thereasleep and fully armed. Sigurd removes the helmet of the warrior, and sees the face of a woman. The woman's corslet is so tight that it seems to have grown into the woman's body. Sigurd uses his sword Gram to cut the corslet, starting from the neck of the corslet downwards, he continues cutting down her sleeves, and takes the corslet off of her.
The woman wakes, sits up, looks at Sigurd, and the two converse in two stanzas of verse. In the second stanza, the woman explains that Odin placed a sleeping spell on her she could not break, and due to that spell she has been asleep a long time. Sigurd asks for her name, and the woman gives Sigurd a horn of mead to help him retain her words in his memory. The woman recites a heathen prayer in two stanzas. A prose narrative explains that the woman is named Sigrdrfa and that she is a valkyrie.
A narrative relates that Sigrdrfa explains to Sigurd that there were two kings fighting one another. Odin had promised one of theseHjalmgunnarvictory in battle, yet she had "brought down" Hjalmgunnar in battle. Odin pricked her with a sleeping-thorn in consequence, told her she would never again "fight victoriously in battle", and condemned her to marriage. In response, Sigrdrfa told Odin she had sworn a great oath that she would never wed a man who knew fear. Sigurd asks Sigrdrfa to share with him her wisdom of all worlds. The poem continues in verse, where Sigrdrfa provides Sigurd with knowledge in inscribing runes, mystic wisdom, and prophecy.