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Hugin and Munin by aautio Hugin and Munin by aautio
Hugin and Munin - the Ravens of Odin

“Hvginn oc Mvninn
flivga hverian dag
iormvngrvnd yfir;
ovmc ec of Hvgin,
at hann aptr ne comiþ,
þo siámc meirr vm Mvnin.”

“The whole earth over, every day,
hover Hugin and Munin;
I dread lest Hugin droop in his flight,
yet I fear me still more for Munin.”


-- Grímnismál, the Lay of Grimnir, §20 (Hollander's translation)


The two ravens of the Norse deity Odin, Hugin and Munin (Thought and Memory), who fly out each day and report the news of the world back to him at night.

An older drawing, this one - it was a request drawn last December as an idea for a tattoo design.. I don’t think the person ever ended up getting it, though.. not this design anyway, so I suppose I can post it now. The border is just some random doodling that attempts to imitate knotwork patterns.

It’s a small and simple piece, but I like it for some reason. I’m not too sure it really fits in my gallery, so I’ll probably be moving it to scraps soon. The Eddas are very interesting, though.. so this might not be the last Norse-mythology-inspired drawing for me.

Pencil, Photoshop.

EDIT:

:iconvigilannie: got this design as a tattoo! :D Go see it! ---> [link]
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:iconlaftkd:
laftkd Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome!
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:iconaelvalein:
Aelvalein Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Great work!
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lokis333 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
just perfectly amazing O.o
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:iconmimisilvertongue:
Mimisilvertongue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome work!!!
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:icongilring:
gilring Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
very nice work!
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:iconchibi-cris:
chibi-cris Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Love it. Do you mind if I use it to make an ex-libris (a stamp for my books)?
:w00t:
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are impressive birds :) it's nice to see pairs "dance" in the sky.
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:iconkagekabuki:
kagekabuki Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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:iconisfoss86:
isfoss86 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always loved the stories of the Norse gods, ever since I was little. Those two rascals here are some of my absolute favorites. Really nice work! :)
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Joakimkaller Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it :)
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:iconricosuave787:
ricosuave787 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I love it!... I actually just finished my tour in the Navy, and never got a tattoo! I absolutely love Norse mythology - Huginn and Munin, Mjolnir, and everything!

You mentioned this was originally a tattoo design but they never got it... Would you be interested in reworking it a bit for me? Maybe add some more detail? You're the artist, so I trust you. I have paypal and would be willing to pay for the design. Please let me know, on here or email terryw388@gmail.com

I would also be very interested in a valkyrie or mjolnir design if you're up for it. I REALLY want to get some ink on my fingers and hands. I already have a celtic knot for my wedding band.
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Jedidiah1979 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
May I use this beautiful piece for a t-shirt or maybe even sweatshirts? :O
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:iconpjohanneson:
pjohanneson Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice. I've always loved Norse myth, and the ravens are among my favourite aspects thereof...
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thenightmare13 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Can I have your permission to use this as a tattoo? I LOVE IT!
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:iconcharmedcreekgrrl:
charmedcreekgrrl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
I just got this tattooed today! I <3 it
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:iconucrazydmd:
ucrazydmd Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
I really have a thing for ravens. I have a large tattoo on my left ribcage of two beautiful ravens =)
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:iconayalanaylo:
AyalaNaylo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it's really beautiful!
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Sacramentho Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
I can only aggree with most people, It's a very nice piece! I've always been interested in mythology myself, especially norse, since that's my peoples old beliefs and stories (swedish)
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:iconlars-kun:
Lars-kun Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Epic! :3 you know the Crow is one of the most inteligent birds :D
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:iconmamtokontodlajaj:
mamtokontodlajaj Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I see two ravens with two different characters on this picture - it's hard thing to archieve, but you did it. Congrats :)

(And tolkienian part of your gallery is great too).
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:iconkevatron-the-mighty:
Kevatron-the-Mighty Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
This is awesome!
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DarkinWilder Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Had to have a look at your gallery after seeing this. All amazing works. :+devwatch:
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synconi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008   Artisan Crafter
It's amazingly simple, but you still manage to capture it all so well, the texture of the feathers,e specially! Beautiful work. :heart:
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Kravyn-kun Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
it is beautiful...i had been thinking of another tattoo myself. would you mind if i also branded myself like *vigilannie or something inspired by?
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DemonsandRazorblade Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
thsi is beautiful i love it, can't say enough about it
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:iconduende14:
Duende14 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
awesome piece, gotta love mythology
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:iconstadt:
stadt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Oh how I wish I had two ravens to spy on the world for me..

This is a gorgeous piece, you can never go wrong with a noble raven. Instafav, sir.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! I love the nordic mythology :)
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:iconbensinn:
bensinn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
great work.. simple but eye catching, fav!
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blackravendesign Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Nice work, its quite simple, and, looks great!
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Feantauriel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008   Traditional Artist
I have heard that poem before. I really need to get my hands on the Eddas!

I love the brush-stroke shading in this drawing.

I started a drawing of these two once.. I should finish it :)
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FoxMaq Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You could try drawing Rarog :)
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:iconaautio:
aautio Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Hmmm.. true, i could.. :plotting:
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FoxMaq Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:excited:
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simple, but effective!
I really like that, especially the lovely detailled frame.
And I always like simplified art styles on mythological themes, since they leave space for everyone's own imagination.
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Thank you! :)

The frame was a quick one done in Photoshop.. the pattern is quite random. I wish I could do real knotwork but I really suck at it. :D
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry, it looks good anyway!
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:iconelenmire:
Elenmire Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
is different from the art that you do habitually, but is great too
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:iconaautio:
aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Thanks! :) Yes, it's simplified and more "stamp-like" since it was originally intended as a tattoo design.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Always interesting to see illustrations of Norse mythology. Especially ones made with keen interest on the artist's part. :)
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Thanks.. I have some ideas for a few more Edda-inspired drawings, so it's highly likely you'll see more in the future. :)
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Nice. :) Will keep an eye out for it.
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Arhandjeo-Mihael Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Great work!:-D

Now if this was a print, it would be an ideal birthday present for my friend since he loves northern mythology!:-D
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Thanks! :)

Hey, no problem! I should have the high resolution image somewhere.. so I'll just dig it up and have it submitted as print right away! :D
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Arhandjeo-Mihael Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Tnx!;-D

I'll have to wait for it since his next birthday is next year, but I already discussed it with his girlfriend(my bes friend) and she agreed with it being a good present...so expect us buying it sooner or later...:-p
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:iconforrestris:
Forrestris Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Simple yet beautiful, ravens are my favourite birds and seeing them portrayed in such a style warms my soul. Good work
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:iconaautio:
aautio Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Thank you! :) Ravens are impressive birds, I agree!
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:iconforrestris:
Forrestris Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
No one notices them because they are dark in colour like crows, they get pushed aside for not being colourful like the parrot, but the problem solving skills of a raven surpass that of a chimp.
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aautio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
True, they're very intelligent animals. :nod: And being large and black they look cool too. :)
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Forrestris Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Indeed!
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