Meet Huginn and Muninn, the ravens of Odin

On each side of the navigation table on Draken sits a raven. The ravens are wooden figures of Huginn and Muninn, described in the Prose Edda. The ravens are the Norse god Odin’s two companions who every day flew over the world, Midgård, to gather information for its master. The ravens tell Odin everyting they see and hear. The names, Huginn comes from the Norse word for thought and Muninn from the word for memory.

Ravens are often present in the Norse sagas, not only Huginn and Muninn. There are also stories about the first Viking who sailed to Iceland, Raven-Floki, using ravens to navigate his way to land by letting the birds fly form the boat and follow in their direction, since birds who are let go at sea finds land.

The Vikings were accomplished navigators, artisans, traders and story tellers, but their greatest triumph was the ship they built.