Rooted deep in ancient Norse mythology, the ravens Huginn and Muninnn are a powerful tattoo choice for the thoughtful and wise.
These godly birds capture the mystique and brilliance of the old viking gods and give your ink a clever connotation.
Ravens are a deeply symbolic animal across many cultures, both ancient and modern. As some of the most intelligent avians in the world, ravens stand for wit, self-reliance and skill. As powerful black birds of carrion they stand for death, rebirth and survival. The two ravens Huginn and Muninn, however, stand in a class above and lend a strong symbology to your next tattoo piece.
For over a thousand years, these ravens have stood out as special in human memory. Their names mean ‘thought’ and ‘mind’ and together they were the trusted allies and friends of Odin, the wisest and wiliest of the viking gods. The legends tell of these beautiful black birds leaving Odin’s shoulders every morning to fly around the world, gathering all the knowledge and wisdom there was to be found in the day. Every night they would return to him and whisper in his ears all the information they’d gathered, adding to his power and reinforcing his reputation as the all-knowing all-father.
Ancient viking warriors respected and revered this legend in their clothing and jewelry, adorning armor, weapons and banners with fierce images of flying ravens, displaying honor to Odin, chief of gods. Pay tribute to Norse heritage, wisdom and viking myth with a tattoo of these legendary birds.