᛫ᚼᛁᛘᛁᛋᚴᚠᛁᚦᛅ᛫Hymiskviða᛫

Thors fishing trip.

Once the thundergod went out to fish with the giant Hymir. They were having a friendly strife as to who could catch the biggest prey and while Hymir managed to catch whole whales, Thor caught the biggest thing there ever was in the entire sea.

Jörmungandr, the Midgard-serpent.

Inscription: (from Hymiskviða, Stanza 23 and 24)

᛬ᛏᚱᚢ᛫ᛏᛁᛅᚱᚠᛚᛁᚴᛅ᛫ᛏᛅᚦᚱᛅᚴᚱ᛫ᚦᚢᚱ᛫ᚢᚱᛘ᛫ᛁᛏᚱᚠᛅᚾ᛫ᚢᚹ᛫ᛅᛏ᛫ᛒᚢᚱᚦᛁ᛬
᛬ᚼᛅᛘᚱᛁ᛫ᚴᚾᛁᚦᛁ᛫ᚼᛅᚠᛁᛅᛚ᛫ᛋᚴᛅᚱᛅᚱ᛫ᚢᚠᛚᛁᚢᛏ᛫ᚮᚠᛅᚾ᛫ᚢᛚᚠᛋ᛫ᚼᚾᛁᛏᛒᚱᚢᚦᚢᚱ᛬
᛬ᛋᛅᚴᚦᛁᛋᚴ᛫ᛋᛁᚦᛅᚾ᛫ᛋᛅ᛫ᚠᛁᛋᚴᚱ᛫ᛁ᛫ᛘᛅᚱ᛬

Dró djarfliga dáðrakkr Þórr orm eitrfáan upp at borði;
hamri kníði háfjall skarar ofljótt ofan ulfs hnitbróður.
[…]sökkðisk síðan sá fiskr í mar.

The venomous serpent swiftly up to the boat did Thor, the bold one, pull;
With his hammer the loathly hill of the hair Of the brother of Fenrir he smote from above.
[…]Then sank the fish in the sea forthwith.


᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᛒᛅᚱᚢᚴ᛫ᚴᚼᛅᛦᛆᛏ᛫ᚴᚼᛅᛦᛆᛏ᛫ᛅᛁ᛫ᛘᛂᚾᚢ᛫ Baruk Khazâd, Khazâd ai-menu

This piece was inspired by a tolkienesque series of books. In “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz we meet the two dwarven warrior-brothers Boendal and Boindil.

I could write pages about these books, but I don’t want to spoil it to anyone. But I can wholeheartedly recommend this series.

The inscription is in Tolkiens Cirth runic alphabet. The righthand inscription reads:

Baruk Khazâd, Khazâd ai-menu

“Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!”

which is an old dwarven war-cry in Tolkiens world. I wanted to add something to the piece, but as Heitz never described the language or the runes of his dwarfs, I decided to borrow a few things from Tolkiens world.


᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᛁᛅᚱᚾᛋᛁᚦᛅ᛫ᚢᚴ᛫ᛒᛅᛁᚾᛚᛅᚢᛋᛁ᛫ Ironside and Boneless

Björn Járnsíða and Ívarr hinn Beinlausi, legendary sons of Ragnarr Loðbrók.

This piece was inspired by History’s show Vikings latest season. I’ve been wanting to draw the conflict between the characters for quite some time now, and thought it was a good opportunity to practice this particular art-style some more.

Inscription:
The only inscrpition I added was a bindrune I created from the first half of my username “Graf” ᛫ᚷᚱᚨᚠ᛫, which I will propably use as signature from now on.


᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᚠᛁᚴᛁᚾᚴᚱ᛫Vikingr᛫

First attempt at drawing a humanoid figure in historically inspired art styles. Used different patterns and details to give it an historic look.

Inscription
᛬ᚱᚯᚴᚾᚯᚱ᛬

Rognor – no deeper meaning here, I just wanted to give him a name.


᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᛁᚬᚱᛘᚢᚾᚴᛅᚾᛏᛦ᛫Jörmungandr᛫

Jörmungandr, the midgard serpent. This child of Loki has been cast out into the sea by Odin, the Allfather. There it grew to such a giant size, that it span all around the seas of midgard, biting its own tail.
It still is the sworn enemy of Thor and they will meet for a final battle on Ragnarök.

Inscription:
᛬ᚵᛂᚿᚵᚱ᛫ᛁᚿ᛫ᛘᛅᚱᛁ᛫ᛘᚯᚵᚱ᛫ᚼᛚᚯᚦᚤᚿᛁᛆᚱ᛫ᚿᛂᛕᚱ᛫ᛆᚠ᛫ᚿᛆᚦᚱᛁ᛫ᚿᛁᚦᛋ᛫ᚮᚴᚢᛁᚦᚿᚢᛘ᛫ᛘᚢᚿᚢ᛫ᚼᛆᛚᛁᚱ᛫ᛆᛚᛁᚱ᛫ᚼᛂᛁᛘᛋᛐᚯᛑ᛫ᚱᚤᚦᛁᛆ᛫ᛂᚱ᛫ᛆᚠ᛫ᛘᚮᚦᛁ᛫ᛑᚱᛂᛕᚱ᛫ᛘᛁᚦᚵᛆᚱᚦᛋ᛫ᚢᛂᚢᚱ᛬

Gengr inn mæri mögr Hlöðynjar
neppr af naðri níðs ókvíðnum;
munu halir allir heimstöð ryðja,
er af móði drepr Miðgarðs véurr.

Now goeth Hlödyn’s | glorious son
Not in flight from the Serpent, | of fear unheeding;
All the earth’s offspring | must empty the homesteads,
When furiously smiteth | Midgard’s defender.

I tried to create something that looks like a runestone here. Now most runestones were errected in memory of dead family or friends, yet there are a few that were errected to tell a story.


᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᛒᛆᚱᚾ᛫ᛚᚢᚴᛆ᛫Loki’s᛫Children᛫

Fenrir, the monstrous wolf, bound by deceit.
Jörmungandr, the giant midgard serpent spanning rhe whole world.
Hel, the queen of the realm of death, Helheim.
All of them are the offspring of the trickster god Loki and will accompany him to the last war, to Ragnarök.

Inscription:
᛬ᛒᛆᚱᚾ᛫ᛚᚢᚴᛆ᛬
Bǫrn Loka
Born by Loki/Loki’s Offspring


᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᚴᛆᛚᛒᛁᛆ᛫Kaelpie᛫

Kealpies are shapeshifting spirits inhabiting the lakes and lochs of Scotland. They take the form of horses, inviting lone wanderers to ride them and then the Kaelpie drowns them.

Inscription:
ᚴᛆᛚᛒᛁᛆ
Kælbia
Kaelpie

᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᚼᚢᚴᛁᚾ᛫ᛘᚢᚾᛁᚾ᛫Hugin᛫Munin᛫

Hugin and Munin, the raven companions of Odin, the Allfather. They fly throughout the nine realms and return by night to tell the Allfather the tidings of the worlds. Their names mean “Thought” and “Memory”, representatives of knowledge, which Odins seeks by any means necessary.

Inscription:
ᚼᚢᚴᛁᚾ ᛘᚢᚾᛁᚾ
Hugin Munin

᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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᛫ᚴᚱᛆᛘᛦ᛫Gramr᛫

Gramr, or called Balmung in the “Nibelungenlied”, was a magic sword forged for the hero Sigurd, from the broken parts of his fathers sword. He used this blade to defeat the dragon Fafner.

Inscription:
᛬ᚴᚱᛆᛘᛦ᛫ᛁᛋ᛫ᚠᛆᚠᚾᛁ᛫ᚢᚱᛘᛁᚾ᛫ᛏᚱᛆᛒ᛬
Kramr es fafni urmin trab
Gramr was the death of dragon Fafner

᛬ᛏᛁᛚ᛫ᛆᚱᛋ᛫ᚮᚴ᛫ᚠᚱᛁᚦᛆᚱ᛬

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