Valravn, Danish Folklore’s Raven of the Slain

In Danish folklore, a valravn (“raven of the slain”) is a supernatural raven associated with death. These Ravens of the Slain appear in many traditional Danish folksongs which describe them as originating from ravens who eat the bodies of the dead on the battlefield. According to Danish folklore recorded in the late 1800s, when a king or chieftain was killed in battle and not found and buried, ravens came and ate him. The ravens then became valravne. The valravne that ate the king’s heart gained human knowledge and could perform great…

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