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Monday, October 28, 2013

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway (Including 60.00 Amazon Gift Card! ) My topic: Interview with Tower of London Raven

Eva's Topic: Interview with a Tower of London Raven

Cawing to all my friends who share my spirit guide, the Raven.  Actually my writing muses are Huginn(Thought)  and Muninn (Mind). In Norse Mythology the two ravens bring information to Odin. 
My pair bring me my story ideas. I even have raven shifters in my After the Bane series. Book 2, Raven Moon coming soon.

As Halloween draws near, you will see more ravens. Like ghosts, witches, owls, werewolves,vampires they are perceived as evil and or spooky.

 I can understand why, at one time they ate the corpses of fallen soldiers left in ancient battlefields. Even enjoyed an eyeball or two. Then there is Edgar Allen Poe and the Raven. However writing about why ravens are perceived as evil is another blog topic. I prefer to see them in a positive light and so I will focus on the Tower of London Ravens.

I just returned from the Tower of London after interviewing a Tower Raven, named Cedric. Let's find out more about this odd piece of British History.

Interview with Cedric, Raven from the Tower of London

Eva: Who takes care of you and the others in the flock?
Cedric:  The Ravenmaster, also known as a Yeoman Warder. He makes sure we are fed, our cages cleaned and we have all day to do as we please on the grounds.  At dusk we return to our mews, usually without protests since at night there are the dangers of fox and cats.  After all our wings are clipped so there is no escape.

E: Has there always been a Ravenmaster?
C: The post of Ravenmaster only goes back about 40 years. Before that, they were called Yeoman Quartermasters. We have always lived in and around the Tower of London.  Our free cousins laugh at us because we are never too far. Even during battles. Humans worry too much, though we don’t mind war too much because it means more meat.
E: How many ravens are there in your flock?
C: 6 ravens at all times. This dates back to King Charles II when a soothsayer forewarned him:

 “if the ravens left the Tower, the White Tower would collapse and a great disaster befall the Kingdom”.
E: And are there extra ravens in case anything happens to the ones in the Tower?
C: Absolutely, but they are kept in wildlife parks until needed to serve our country. I’m never too fond on meeting replacements, especially since the humans can’t tell the difference between male and females. Caw! Imagine?

Raven Mews

E: What are you fed?
C: Every other day we get a boiled egg and chopped apple, grapes  and if we are lucky  cheese. The best part is we get fresh meat and even my favorite, roadkill. That is if the Ravenmaster determines it’s not too damaged. We all love blood soaked biscuits. Caw!

E: Do you enjoy visits from the human tourists?
C: We do rather enjoy teasing them. We like to bark like dogs and perform numerous antics and watch their beakless mouths gape open. Humans think they are the only ones with a sense of humor and even think they are the only ones that can make tools. 

E: So you don’t feel inferior to humans?
C: Caaaww! Are you kidding we can fly so we don’t need to invent cars and planes. And we don’t  waste food.

E: Right, that ravenous appetite. Moving to a spookier subject. Do you see human ghosts here at The Tower of London?
C: All the time.  Old ones, young ones and countless headless ones.
E: Does it spook you to see them?
C: No. We are messengers between the two worlds, this one and the next.  

E: Thank you Cedric. I'm off to the Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop. But first Let's listen to Corvus Corax (Species name of the Raven)
German Group Corvus Corax!

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Hana Li said...

Very interesting interview. I've always thought ravens were cool because they're so intelligent and often associated with the goth subculture (which I've been enamored with since I was a pre-teen).

Eva Gordon said...

Thank you, Hana. Ravens are amazing birds.

April Epley said...

Thank you soo much for this :) I love Ravens :)

April Epley said...

Thank you very much!!! I really enjoyed about the Ravens :)

Eva Gordon said...

Thank you April. In book 2 of my After the Bane series the main character is a raven shifter. I loved adding the raven personality.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Eva!

What a great post! I learn some new info here. I love your book cover. It's perfect!

When I think of Ravens... First thing that comes to mind is Halloween and spooky stories. :)

If you have time, don't forget to hop over to my blog for a flash fiction treat and lots of other goodies. :)
More fun with the Snarkology Blog Hop at KMN Books.

Eva Gordon said...

Hi Michelle. Thanks. :)

Ravens do evoke dark, which makes me love them even more. LOL. But they are also loyal and intelligent.

felicia sidoma said...

Ravens are all a part of the world and it would be a sad day if we were to loss them. Thanks for all the info on them I did not know that much about them. Thanks for your part of the hop

Eva Gordon said...

Hi Felicia,
Thanks. Being part of the hop is fun, while going through my galley for Raven Moon.

BitchDaddyGaGa said...

the First Nations here in BC say Raven is a mesenger

Eva Gordon said...

Awesome! I need to visit BC again. :-)

Michelle Willms said...

I always think of Edgar Allen Poe whenever I see a raven. They are harbingers of something...could it be a message? When they are around my sister's house, we have seen the ghost there...interesting. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Eva Gordon said...

Hi Michelle,
Interesting. I think ravens and other animals are sensitive to the other side.

Cali Willette said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Cool interview. I like the pictures. ;)

bn100 said...

think of Poe

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Mary Preston said...

What an incredible post thank you.


Eva Gordon said...

Thank you all for the positive comments. :)

LisaRayns said...

Looks like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jean MP said...

That was such an interesting post. Always enjoy learning something new.
I have always liked ravens, thought they are such fascinating birds.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Kat de Falla said...

Aren't ravens and crows the smartest birds on earth? Sounds like a great series!

Eva Gordon said...

Yes, ravens and crows are extremely smart. They use tools and are cunning. I'll blog about their intelligence sometime.

Krysykat said...

I see ravens as the keeper of secrets.


Eva Gordon said...

I agree. Ravens have a special 'knowing' about them.

Eva Millien said...

I always thought Ravens were guides sometimes to the afterlife or underworld, sometimes on spiritual journeys and sometimes to lead someone where they need to go. Thanks for sharing your Halloween post. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Happy Halloween! evamillien at gmail dot com

Eva Gordon said...

It's been a pleasure.

Hywela Lyn said...

What a fascinating interesting and informative post, thanks so much!

Eva Gordon said...

Thank you.

Shadow said...

Great post! I cant really say that ive ever thought about ravens. You do bring up a lot of interesting things. I see them as dark, more for the after world. lol Thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween! Thanks for the fun and goodies! :)

Eva Gordon said...

I am so jazzed you all like my post.

BookLady said...

Very interesting post about ravens! Thanks for sharing. When I think of ravens, the first thing that comes to mind is the poem by Edgar Allen Poe. Thanks for the great giveaway.
Happy Halloween!

Daniel M said...

sounds like a fun one happy halloween! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Melissa Snark said...

Great post! I love ravens, but the darker aspects. Huginn and Muninn appear in a scene in Hunger Moon.

Thank you for participating in the Snarkology's Hop!

Happy Halloween!

Eva Gordon said...

Thank you, Melissa. I appreciate how you organized this great event. You rock!

Yes, my two muses influence the dark side of my writing. They are helping me with my gothic paranormal steampunk in the works.

Sherry said...

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from your post.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Eva Gordon said...

Again, I can't thank you enough for your appreciation of my topic.


Meghan said...

I've actually been the Tower and saw the Ravens. Just the other night, a special came on tv about the Tower and my parents were watching it, since they've never been. It was such a great experience! I highly recommend going to England and visiting the Tower.
Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com

Eva Gordon said...

Yes, the Tower of London is a must see!

Eva Gordon said...

Thanks for all your visits. I will announce the winner on Sunday and ask for your e-mail if not already posted.

This way you will have something zombish to read on Daylights Savings.

Please follow my blog and hope to talk to all of you again soon.

Eva Gordon said...

Congrats Shadow,
You are the winner of a free e-book copy of Apocalyptic Moon.

I have your e-mail and will send the pdf version Monday.

Thanks again for everyone's kind words. :)