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  The Icelandic raven.
by Regina1965
 
  • The Icelandic raven. - Reykjavík
      The Icelandic raven.
    by Regina1965
  • The Icelandic raven. - Reykjavík
      The Icelandic raven.
    by Regina1965
  • The Icelandic raven. - Reykjavík
      The Icelandic raven.
    by Regina1965
 

We have a special relationship with the raven. We leave them alone and they leave us alone, until recently. One raven tried to attack people so they had to flee into their house. The raven stood on their porch and was ready to attack. The poor people had to call for help. Since then we are not quite sure what to think of the raven.

The raven here in Iceland is called "hrafn" or "krummi" and is dear to us Icelanders, as they are one of only few birds which don't leave the country in the Autumn. The raven is the biggest passerine, so it doesn't prey on other animals, but if we give meat or fat to them, the raven will eat that.

The raven has never been eaten here and the Vikings ate all poultry apart from birds of prey and the raven.

There are many Icelandic songs and tales on the raven. One if them comes from the old Norse belief, the religion of the Vikings. The main god in the old Norse belief, Ë­inn, owns 2 ravens, Huginn and Muninn. Ë­inn sends them every morning to fly all over the world and tells them to notice everything that is happening. They then return in the evenings and sit on Ë­in's shoulders and tell heim about everything that is happening in the world.

The Viking who gave Iceland its name was called Hrafna-Flˇki or Raven-Flˇki and he owned 3 ravens, one of which showed him the way to Iceland.

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