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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.


:iconvigilannie: got this design as a tattoo! :D Go see it! ---> [link]
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Aelvalein Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Great work!
lokis333 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
just perfectly amazing O.o
Mimisilvertongue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome work!!!
gilring Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
very nice work!
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)?
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are impressive birds :) it's nice to see pairs "dance" in the sky.
kagekabuki Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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! :)
Joakimkaller Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it :)
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

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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