daughters of Nyx. The Keres were dark and evil creatures with gnashing teeth and claws and an
insatiable thirst for human blood. They were commonly spotted hovering above the battlegrounds
of war searching for wounded and dying men to feed upon. An account of them may be found in the
Shield of Heracles, an archaic Greek book thought to have been penned in the late third and early
second century B.C.E. An English translation of the verse is as follows:
The black Dooms gnashing their white teeth, grim-eyed, fierce, bloody, terrifying fought
over the men who were dying for they were all longing to drink dark blood. As soon as
they caught a man who had fallen or one newly wounded, one of them clasped her great
had satisfied their hearts with human blood, they would throw that one behind them and
rush back again into the battle and the tumult.
It is possible that a connection exists between Keres and the Valkyries of Norse myth. Both deities are war spirits that fly over
battlefields during conflicts and choose those to be slain. The difference is that Valkyries are benevolent deities in contrast to the
malevolence of the Keres, perhaps due to the different outlook of the two cultures towards war. Also the Greek word “keres”
(choice) and the Old Norse word “kyrja” (to choose) from “valkyrja” seem to have a common root.
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Author Lyn Gibson – The Adrian Trilogy