20. O’er Midgard Hugin | and Munin both
Each day set forth to fly;
For Hugin I fear | lest he come not home,
But for Munin my care is more.
That’s the only mention of the ravens in the main poems about the gods; however, their names became generic terms for ravens throughout the heroic Edda poems and the poems of the skalds, so they were an important part of the iconography of Odin, god of knowledge, war, and death, and the wider mythology.
Huginn’s name means “thought”; Muninn’s translates to “memory”. We learn from Snorri’s Edda in Gylfaginning that the birds fly throughout Midgard beginning each morning, they learn of all there is to know about the world and report back to their master at dinner time.
Images of Odin with Ravens go back almost as far as we have found images of Odin, found on carvings, bracteates, and, as featured at the top of the page, on helmets.