Friday, 8 July 2016


Poul Anderson, The Broken Sword (London, 1977), Chapter XVIII, p. 124.

A raven tells Skafloc:

"'I come from south beyond the channel to fetch my kindred...Valland and Wendland have fallen to the trolls, Scania totters, and the Erlking's armies go back and back towards his middle domains. Good is the feasting, but ravens had best hurry thither, for the war cannot last much longer.'"

We imagine that animals and birds can sense events on planes imperceptible to human beings. Thus, ravens feast on the battlefields not only of human warriors but also of trolls and elves. In Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, the Dreaming is usually a one raven at a time place. Morpheus has a single raven - whereas Odin in Asgard has two. However, when the Furies are about to attack the Dreaming, ravens gather there because they foresense a great battle. The ravens even leave the Tower of London, which means that the Kingdom will fall...

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