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Troll and Valravn by humon Troll and Valravn by humon
Trolls are a Scandinavian speciality, and among our oldest monsters. In most Nordic countries they were evildoers who eat humans, especially children, or tried to trick us.

But not in Denmark. Here they were noting more than magical neighbours who borrowed stuff from the farmers, and if the farmers treated them well, they were rewarded with gold or luck. They also loved children, so the easiest way to make friends with a troll was to be nice to their kids, and it was said that they took care of the human babies that parents abandoned in the woods.

The reason why the Danish trolls were friendlier than the others is most likely because we already had a creature that ate children and used magic to trick us: The valravn.

Valravns were ravens that had eaten from the dead human bodies on the battlefield and thereby gained human intelligence and magical powers. But they could only fly doing the night, and to break this curse they had to eat the heart of a child. If they did that, they would gain the power to turn into a knight or a half raven/half wolf beast that could move around doing the day.
Therefore they were always on the lookout for children and would make deals with women to get their firstborn. They were overall considered quite evil.

So here is a Danish troll who has found a baby in the woods and was on his way to take it home to his family, when he ran into a valravn who is now trying to talk him into giving it the child.

A song about a valravn [link]
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Greystar2000 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Are they also called Nattravens? Or is that just something in found in the who "year walk" thing?
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Don't give in!
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa! Cool!
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:iconimariposa:
iMariposa Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting story!
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Is there any way to kill a valravn?
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FrankenMaria Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I simply love this.
the story and the drawing^^
amazing!!
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:iconbluerosekelly:
BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I love the little baby and the expression on the troll.
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Scarecrow113 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love mythology

Danish trolls seem pretty neat
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Mossrygg Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another troll masterpiece :D
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TheTwilightRouge Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
This is . . . this is seriously the best thing ever. I love it like you have no idea. I just pull it up and stare at it sometimes. It's fantastic! I just love the contrast between the evil, dark, valravn and the innocent, sleeping baby, and you've just got the troll holding the baby close all worried for him, and it's just all kinds of sweet and adorable and dark and spooky at the same time, and I just AUGH! SO AWESOME!! ^^
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GideonKalveJarvis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Oh my.  I hope you'll pardon me if I make use of a valravn as a villain-creature in some of the stories I write.  This feathered fellow is awesome!
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sullobog Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
wow great pic :)
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faerielov3r Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
this is awsome i totaly love the troll..adorable!!!!
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QuintanaDS Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello there! I've been following Scandinavia and the World for quite a while now, but as a student of the Norse sagas, your drawings about Danish and Nordic mythology/folklore are especially fascinating to me! Cheers!
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Untraceablemystic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaw, please tell me the baby makes it home with the troll guy?
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:iconindagare:
Indagare Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This looks really cool! I love the back story!
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:iconcutiebat99:
Cutiebat99 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You, sir(or lady), make trolls look cute.
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TheSilverBells Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;n; This is too cute. I love how he's holding the baby. *heart melt* lol
Valravns... I bet that made a lot of people back then freaked out if they saw a raven at night. x'D
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Carnival-Elsen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwww, the baby. X3
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RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like ravens, but I think 'they' are the accception
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XDB5 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
He-he-he-he-hey! I have NOT been here in almost a year, but your art is just so funny and cute it makes my day
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Mutterscrawl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Wow I'd never heard of a Valravn before. Wish there was more art of them! Refreshing to see nice trolls too though :3
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
i am fascinated about the scandanavian mythologies because of your art!!! i've learn alot from your gallery!! :).... wish i could do the same thing about my culture!!!
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Koomori Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Holy crap I wish I had known about Valravns back when I was more active in furry stuff. I had a lupogryph persona that I bullshitted a story of Munin turning into. Knowing about valravns would have made it a lot better.
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Loki0202 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Very nice
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koryos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Awesome artwork. I hope you don't mind, but I liked the way you drew these characters so much that I might write a story with a similar situation in it. I'll credit you for the idea of course!
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wolvenassassin88 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've enjoyed all of the mythology stuff you've done and this one is probably my favorite. :D
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Ameymoo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: very interesting :)
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KonohaMinty Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Still proud to be danish. ;)

Jeg elsker mit hjemland og jeg savner det... *suk*
Noglegange oensker jeg mig, at jeg ikke har over 700 km til graensen.
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utriv Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Love your stuff.
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darklooshkin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
And, considering their size, they would likely hunt in packs as well. Flying magical velociraptors...
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InuashaMiles Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
oh god that uis soo amazing
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unicornomics Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   General Artist
I love
*The redness of the troll
*How unconventionally adorable that troll is
*The backstory
*The red eyes of the evil bird
Though
*The bird's stance is unnatural looking,then again it's supernatural and evil
*The baby looks too pale though it could be a result of said life-sucking bird.
*The faces needed to be more expressive
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TheCatsOfUlthar Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Elsker dette billide.
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner May 16, 2012   Artist
Beautiful work and I love to read mythology from other countries!
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DarkKyubbi Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing.
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:iconjonthebox:
jontheBOX Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Scary crow right there.
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nitro1989 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
its not a crow its a raven there is a difference
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:iconjonthebox:
jontheBOX Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Yes, yes there is, i must be really tired if i get that wrong. Im glad i didnīt say magpie now that would have been silly.
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Disciple77 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I really like this. The tone is so dark, I love it! I love the explanation, too!:heart:
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sneere Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
That's so cute/creepy!
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crow1789 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student General Artist
my names raven....
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love mythology, and it's really interesting to see mythology that I haven't heard about before. :) I hope the troll manages to get away and takes the baby with him. D:
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Deathra-Sorrows Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
The Valravn is Sebastian Michaelis O.O That's what the deal Sebastian made with Ceil is D: He will EAT his heart!

Humon, I love your work, I just REALLY needed to share my realization
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Izucatdrawing Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Where do you learn all this stuff?
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1redgirl1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that looks so cool. The valravn has a look of mischive on it's face, I love it
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Hisokasbaby Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Don't do it Mr. Troll! : (
Your pictures about Scandinavian mythology are so interesting...I feel like I'm learning a lot, ha ha. <3
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ninjaelric Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the drawing
And how you always mention the folklore,gives the picture an even deeper story :D
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Wonderfully eerie and unnerving!
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tiljix Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I like Scandinavian trolls. English ones are too mean.
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