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I have puzzled over Huginn and Muninn for many years, wondering what they really represent and how they relate to the world we now live in. At the same time I have often thought about creating some kind of artistic work based on these creatures. Óðinn is a god from Norse mythology and is the husband of goddess Frigg. He wanders far from his kingdom of Asgard seeking, and giving, wisdom. Huginn and Muninn are two ravens that Óðinn sends out each day, flying over Miðgarðr seeking knowledge to bring back. Huginn is perhaps translated as “thought” and Muninn as “mind”. Are they both part of a shaman-like Odin whose thought and mind manifests as ravens searching Miðgarðr? hugin2 Grímnismál in the Poetic Edda voices Óðinn’s concerns for Huginn and Muninn:

Huginn ok Muninn fljúga hverjan dag Jörmungrund yfir; óumk ek of Hugin, at hann aftr né komi-t, þó sjámk meir of Munin.

Open your mind a little and read a copy of the Poetic Edda, or better still learn a little Icelandic or Old Norse to understand :o) As for my artistic interpretation of Huginn and Muninn, I have started sketching and will see where it goes…

Want to read more? Try some of these – Raven Mythology Grimnismal Huginn and Muninn Odin Odin’s raven charm

My second post shows where my sketches went “Breathing life into Huginn and Munin