Talk:Ratatoskr

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Xenosaga: Episode 1[edit]

This article doesn't mention that he is the final boss in Xenosaga: episode 1. I would add it, but am falling asleep ~_~ —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.117.28.21 (talk) 06:42, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Ratatoskr the Unicorn[edit]

Helgi Guðmundsson demonstrates a connection between the Old Norse word 'íkorni' (which usually means "squirrel") and unicorns. This may have come about as a reanalysis of Old French 'unicorne'. You could mistake the 'un' for an indefinite article and arrive at 'un icorne'. The spelling icorne is a plausible manuscript spelling of íkorni.

  • Helgi Guðmundsson (2002). "Þrír íkornar" in Land úr landi, pp. 140-6. Háskólaútgáfan, Reykjavík. ISBN 9979 54 523 2

Helgi doesn't mention it in the article but it's interesting that the manuscript image accompanying our article shows Ratatoskr with a horn. Haukur (talk) 23:02, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

Veðrfölnir: Eagle or Hawk?[edit]

This article claims that Veðrfölnir is an eagle, while the article on Veðrfölnir identifies him as a Hawk sitting between the eyes of an eagle. I'm no expert so I won't change anything, but a clarification seems to be in order... Fenrisulfr talk 14:43, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Veðrfölnir is a hawk who sits between the eyes of an unnamed eagle. This eagle perches atop the world tree Yggdrasil. I have rewritten both of the articles (this article and what is now Veðrfölnir and eagle) from scratch. They should be much clearer now. Enjoy! :bloodofox: (talk) 00:20, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Squirrel photo[edit]

Surely if we're going to have a photo of a Norwegian squirrel (and I agree, it's a good thing to have, showing that squirrels are indeed native to the mythic region), it should be in an ash tree, not a vauge evergreen. (I'd put one in myself, but I've got nothing.) —Quasirandom (talk) 20:46, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Some time ago I explained the use of the squirrel image here. I'll copy and paste it:

"Regarding the picture, there are a few reasons I chose this particular image:

  1. The red squirrel is on an evergreen tree. Yggdrasil is described as an evergreen (yet it also described as an ash and there are theories about it being a yew).
  2. It's a red squirrel in an evergreen tree in Norway. There are no squirrels in Iceland (which explains the horned and green squirrel above I guess?) and Iceland was colonized from Norway. So I figure the color of the squirrel or the squirrel-size (or what have you) is probably the closest we have there to whatever the original author had in mind.

So, basically, I went for the closest thing to the lore I could find on Commons. Of course, you are welcome to swap it out if you find some other squirrel picture that that is more appropriate lore-wise."

There you have it! :bloodofox: (talk) 19:26, 6 June 2012 (UTC)
Sounds reasonable to me. Its better than a Mississippi fox squirrel in a tulip tree.Trilobitealive (talk) 02:16, 7 June 2012 (UTC)