The raven was a common device used by the Vikings. Ragnar Lodbrok had a raven banner called Reafan, embroidered with the device of a raven. It was said that if this banner fluttered, Lodbrok would carry the day, but if it hung lifeless the battle would be lost. King Harald Hardrada also had a raven banner, called Landeythan (land-waster). The bird also appears in the folklore of the Isle of Man, a former Viking colony, and it is used as a symbol on their coat of arms.
portrait of a Common Raven by Alexander von Reiswitz - Les plumes à la base du bec : lorsque le corbeau freux est encore jeune, il peut être confondu avec la corneille, car il n'a pas encore perdu les plumes qui se situent à sa base. Il ne les perd qu'à la fin du premier hiver ou au printemps.