Then Odin wreaked his wrath on me
With shields he encompassed
me in Skatalund
Red and white, their
And bade my sleep be
sundered by him
Who naught would fear,
nor be faint of heart;
For my ongoing series of Norse mythology illustrations. The first was The Murder of Baldr, one of the first most moments in the history of the Norse gods that foretold their demise and Ragnarok. This is for Brynhilde, or Brunhilde, a mighty warrior who defied Othin, or Odin, the king of the gods. in deciding the battle between two mortal kings, favoring one over the other (who Odin had previously promised victory). As punishment, Odin made her mortal and cast her into a deep sleep, cursing her to marry whoever awoke her. Odin is marked by the black wings on his helm ( for he is also known as the raven god).
I wanted to illustrate Odin struggling the full weight and power of Brynhilde, even though she is now mortal. Her body turns, slipping from the grasp of the King of all gods. He appears disconcerted with his decision, but even in the original texts he never admits grief for the loss of one of his greatest warriors.
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