They are often represented with Odin riding a horse as the Ravens flying with him. They are also often shown flying together. My challenge was to create a totally new unique image. I tried several postures for the birds and settled for one at rest and the other active. My big problem was the setting, where can I place them? I wanted my version to be unusual and memorable. I chose the sword because it is so symbolic of the Vikings.
The Viking sword was based on the Roman Spatha, which was a feared weapon throughout ancient Europe. The hilt is unique to the Norse but was adapted by Franks, and Saxons as a standard weapon. The hilt is slightly different with the Franks and Saxons. I used several modern replicas as well as ancient examples for my sword. I wanted it to look well used and very old since Odin was a long-lived God.
The 2010 plates for this etching are missing so I have remade the plates. Because they are new plates I am issuing a new edition.