A while ago new developments occur on a well documented archeological site. The site being the well documented and studied tomb of a viking warrior of high status, with warrior weapons and warrior regalia. Accepted in all that the tomb was that of a steemed warrior.
Cue new findings and advances in the ancient DNA field (recovery and analysis of DNA variants from centuries old biologial remnants). The analysis of the DNA obtained from the bones found on that grave proved that the steemed warior buried on that tomb was indeed a woman.
Should we just carry on with the new findings and accept the plain fact that the mighty warrior in question was a woman? that Shield Maidens DID exist and were more than a legend?
Well, some experts were as far as one can get to review the well documented tomb and previously accepted facts just to negate that this person (now that we know was a woman) was not a warrior at all!! Maybe her warrior husband loved her so much that he buried her with his own warrior regalia or, or, stay with me, every single norse was buried with full warrior regalia regardless of their occupation!
Facepalm! It left me without words to see the extremes people get to deny plain facts so reality warps to accomodate their personal views and prejudices.
I made this illustration because of that, this woman was a warrior all in all and so was buried as such. Call them as you will, but Shield Maidens clearly seem to be not only a legend, but a reality.