Games of chance and skill are jointly governed by all three of the goddesses of fate, the Norns. This goes for life, too, the greatest game of chance and skill of all. In Norse mythology, these eternally weaving, enigmatic goddesses are not forthcoming with their knowledge and have to be wooed to reveal the future. Even Odin himself had to resort to outrageous bribery to find out what the web of Wyrd had in store. Although Odin had little influence with the weavers of the web, the same cannot be said for his wife, Frigga. This paragon of domestic virtue seems to have been on very good terms with them, and was additionally regarded as the patroness of women in labour. Frigga was also belived to be the mother of at least some of the Valkyries, the warrior women who rode flying steeds over battlefields to select those who had died bravely to enjoy a happy afterlife in the hall of their father, Odin.