Hither Huginn Thither Muninn   2 comments

Hither Huginn Thither Muninn painting by Aarron Laidig. Odin's Ravens fine art painting

Hither Huginn Thither Muninn is the title of this painting. It is an expressive representational work concerning the comings and goings of Odin’s ravens which were named Huginn and Muninn. The painting is 24″ wide x 30″ high.

Hugin and Munin fly each day
over the spacious earth.
I fear for Hugin, that he come not back,
yet more anxious am I for Munin.

Not all who wander are lost.

Each day Odin’s ravens journey out and spy the goings-on of Midgardr. Middle Earth… the lands where men dwell… also called Manna-Heim. Each evening they return and tell Odin all they they have seen and heard.

Their names have meaning. Huginn means “thought” and Muninn means “memory.” I’ve always figured that was the reason for Odin’s greater fear of losing Munin. All we really have in the end are memories.

You can get prints of this painting of Odin’s birds HERE via Fine Art America / Pixels.

I also created a nifty digital remix of this painting. Not sure if nifty is the right word, but I wanted to say (type) it and I’m sticking to my guns no matter how oddly it fits.

You can check it out and get prints (or other “nifty” items) with the image by clicking on the picture.


As I’ve mentioned previously in other posts I personally have an affinity towards birds of the genus Corvus. Ravens and crows top my list.
When it comes to Odin’s ravens it is enhanced as the lore surrounding them is really cool. I won’t go into it all here, but I will mention one thing that made me think hard about Norse Gods when young.
Teutonic mythology paints him well as he is the top dude. Top, the number one guy. The boss.
As the big man, you’d think perfection maybe… nope. He was the wisest of the wise, spoke in poetic verse, mighty as a warrior, on and on it goes, but… not perfect. Huginn means “thought” and Muninn means “memory.
Odin sometimes forgot things, and Odin was not all-seeing or knowing.

I feel an info dump building up. I’ll restrain myself and get back to fiddling with my paintbrushes.

Go get yourself a print of Thought and Memory in raven form HERE, and if you are wondering about the weird-looking runes you can just go with those who wander are not always lost and that the center is the Vegvisir. Some call it a Norse Compass or Viking compass. It is the wayfinder. It is commonly accepted in popular culture as such, and also hotly debated amongst some as to its origins and full meaning. It is Icelandic rather than Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian. That means it isn’t officially a VIKING thing. It is thought by most to have been brought to Iceland by Vikings or created by Vikings who settled there though. Ohh… see the info dump starting again? I could go for an hour on the Vegvisir topic or many hours on Odin’s ravens.

Back to my paintbrushes!

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