Derived from the Germanic elements brun
"armour, protection" and hild
"battle". It is cognate
with the Old Norse
(from the elements bryn
). In the Norse legend the 'Volsungasaga' Brynhildr was the queen of the Valkyries who was rescued by the hero Sigurd
. In the Germanic saga the 'Nibelungenlied' she was a queen of Iceland and the wife of Günther
. Both of these characters were probably inspired by the eventful life of the 6th-century Frankish queen Brunhilda (of Visigothic birth).