Description: It is bad luck to kill a raven.
Origin: Greek or Norse
Unlike crows, ravens generally have a reputation as a lucky bird. In Wales and Cornwall the spirit of King Arthur is said to visit the world in the form of a raven. The ancient Greeks believed the bird was sacred to the god Apollo; and a Norse legend tells that the god Odin sent out two ravens each morning to report what was happening in the world.
A modern English superstition concerns the tame ravens at the Tower of London. It is said that if they ever leave the tower, the crown of England will be lost.
Raven at the Tower of London
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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