the dictionary of norse mythology


EAGLE A symbol of strength and death in Norse mythology. The eagle was also an image of the battle-field, for it often ate at the dead bodies.An eagle was one of the three birds of odin—the other two were ravens—who was the god of death, among other things. Odin is often pictured with an eagle. He occasionally took on the form of an eagle, as did other gods and giants. An eagle also sat on the topmost branches of yggdrasil, the World Tree, where it flapped its wings and created the winds in midgard, the world of humans.Many images of the eagle appear in stone carv-ings dating from the era of the Norse gods and found in scandinavia. They also appear frequently on helmets and small brooches. The eagle's curved beak distinguishes this bird from ravens, which have straight beaks.

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