Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

The Ride of the Valkyries is an episode from Season 3.

The episode was produced in 2001 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on June 7, 2002.


As the episode opens, the Bagge Family are on holiday in Norway. Muriel and Courage are taking in the sights and enjoying themselves, but Eustace can't stand it. He throws his souvenir Valkyrie helmet at a Norwegian Blue bird, which attacks him and flies away with the helmet on its head. The bird is spotted by a trio of Valkyrie warriors. Believing the helmet belongs to their missing leader, one of them rides her flying horse to where the bird came from.

She arrives at the cabin the Bagges are staying in. Courage refuses to let her in due to her intimidating size, but she forces her way in. She sees Muriel wearing a similar helmet and mistakes her for Brunhilde. The Valkyrie whisks Muriel away on her horse with Courage in tow. The Valkyries are happy to see their "sister" but say that they need Muriel for tomorrow's battle with their arch-enemies, the Trolls. Muriel thinks this is all part of the vacation package and happily agrees to help them. Courage tries to sneak Muriel out that night, but is caught by the Valkyries. They believe he is a spy sent by the trolls and kick him out of their castle.

Courage lands in a swamp and is captured by trolls, who think he is a spy sent by the Valkyries. They try to cook him for dinner, but are interrupted by the approaching Valkyries and Muriel. Muriel drops her weapon and is about to be attacked by a troll, but Courage manages to save her and escape to a cave with everyone in pursuit. Inside the cave, Courage and Muriel find the real Brunhilde and the Troll King together. They apparently had been meeting in secret and are in love. They aren't sure what to do about their warring groups, but Courage gets an idea.

When the Valkyries and trolls arrive, they see their leaders in the middle of a wedding ceremony, with Courage officiating. The two groups are touched by the display and toss their weapons away, ending the war. They ask Muriel and Courage to join them for a feast to celebrate. The episode closes with the Norwegian Blue roasting Eustace on a spit.


Powerpuff Girls poster in Courage the Cowardly Dog

I bet Craig McCracken allowed John R. Dilworth to use that poster in this scene.

  • The Goose God along with Eustace's truck can be seen.
  • There is a cameo of a poster of The Powerpuff Girls.
  • When asked which episode's music he is most proud of, series composer Jody Gray answered that this episode and "The Tower of Dr. Zalost" are the two that stand out the most.[1]
  • This is one of the two episodes where Muriel is not worried about Eustace being lost near the end of the episode; the other being "Squatting Tiger, Hidden Dog".


Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode premiered in the United States on June 7, 2002, it was actually produced in 2001 according to the credits.
    • This episode was finished on July 20, 2001.[2]


  1. "Behind the Scenes Interviews: Jody Gray" (May 29, 2002). Fridays: The Fansite. ToonZone. Archived from the original on 2004-10-10. Retrieved 2023-04-18.