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Father and Son by faile35 Father and Son by faile35
Another in my series of illustrations from Norse Mythology. Pen and ink, 11"x14" (about 27 cm by 35 cm), 45 hours.

In this case, the "Father" is Loki, the shadowy guy on the right. The "Son" is the large-ish wolf-creature that takes up most of the page. Loki fathered three children on the giantess Angrboda (spelling's off :shrug: ), including the World Serpent [link] the goddess Hel, and this fellow here, called the Fenris Wolf.

The Fenris Wolf is quite an interesting creature and character of the Norse myths. When a puppy, he would sit beneath the feasting table of the gods and eat their scraps, but he began growing so large and strong that the gods feared they'd be unable to keep him in hand if they didn't fetter him with a strong chain soon enough. After trying chain after chain and having the wolf break free from them with ease, the gods fashioned a magical chain made of impossible substances. The wolf wouldn't let them place it on him, however, until the god Tyr allowed his hand to be placed as a hostage between the creature's jaws. When the chain was placed, and the Fenris Wolf found itself truly fettered, it ripped Tyr's hand off in rage. In the final battle of Ragnarok, when the dreaded ship Naglfar sails to the doom of the gods [link] , the Fenris Wolf will succeed in breaking his magical bonds and will devour Odin the All-Father in a single gulp.

Tough luck, huh? ;)

I tried to give the wolf some "puppy-ish" and human-like qualities here to set it apart from other, normal wolves in appearance and to suggest that this is a portrait of Loki and his offspring before the wolf gets chained (an image I might draw later...). So, the face is a little bit shorter and flatter than a real wolf's face, and he's knocking trees down with abandon rather than hunting skillfully like a wolf does.

Enjoy!
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:icondeadlovecalling:
DeadloveCalling Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Loki and Fenrir- I absolutely love it!
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theonewholaughslast Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
awesome
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Paniintodust Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow... the atmosphere this creates is just epic. I really love the look on Loki's face and the way Fenris dominates the whole picture with his sheer presence. The fact that it's black and white only adds to that nicely!
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VioletDeathblood Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice ^^
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LadyKittrena Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I love it! Very nicely done.
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Azrael1992 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Damn! Now is Ragnarok on the way, if this happens, a good picture.
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NixKat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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TheSandLion Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really well done. Damn.
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FirepeltXColdpelt Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Wow... Just wow...
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Atlantisvampir Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
great one.
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great :thumbsup:
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
:wave::tighthug:

Your splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]
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faile35 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliment, the heads up, and the link! I'm very flattered! =)
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
You're welcome :hug:
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Kovu96 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fenris W. makes me think of a symbolic way to describe nature. First, it seemed that mankind could handle nature, but eventually it got too much to handle. They try to tame nature, but it's impossible to tame EVERY GOSH dang animal on the planet. Mankind has screwed with nature least 100's of times, so nature shall eventually BITE back, HARD.
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Very good on Fenris, though in last year's English class, we did learn about Norse mythology, but not about Fenris, Angrboda, or Loki. (Then again, the main focus was Greek and Roman mythology). If I'm not mistaken, Loki is a trouble-maker. There have been several ways to depict him, ("Son of the Mask", Marvel, etc.). However, I'd say I like this form of him.
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If I was Loki here, and there was someone looking right at us, I would tell them, "Stare into the eyes of Fenris, and FEEL the sensation of FEAR!"
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Like I said, very good.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliments and the comment! I found Loki to be the most unpredictable of the Norse gods, and therefore the most interesting and most potentially deep in his motivations. Fenris was always a character I enjoyed, too. The Greek and Roman mythology is fun, definitely, but I am continually drawn to the grim, brutal nature of the Norse more often. Thanks again! =)
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ZoieSnyder Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist
o.O biiiIIIG PUPPY!!!!! How does something that BIG*points to Fenris* Come from something that SMALL*points to Loki* I'd like to know... on second thought mmaaaaayyybe not... But good picture though!!! I like it
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think Loki conceived Fenris with a giantess, which, according to your mythological genetics, might make all the difference... ;)
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ZoieSnyder Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Most likely, cause I SERIOUSLY doubt that ANY dog, wild or domestic, could get THAT big!!!! And welcome ^-^
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OceanFire9 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Love it, I think it does some real justice to the figures of Loki and Fenris/Fenrir.
Particular favorite aspects are the realistic proportions to the wolf (as opposed to overblown, which is my typical encounter with myth-art of this character), and Loki's eyes and expression, which goes beautifully with how he's posed.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Those two aspects of this image were part of the original vision for it I had in mind, and together with the characteristics of "puppy-ness" that I had for Fenrir, drove the rest of the picture. =)
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LemonFerret Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
This is great! There aren't that many drawings out there with Fenrir and Loki, I'm so happy I found this! Great job!
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm happy you found it, too. =)
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SweetsAndCharades Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Well done! :)
I find it kind of funny that your Loki looks like one of the singers from this year's X Factor. One of my friends and I joked that this guy, Morten Benjamin ([link]) looked like a viking and that he had to be Thor. But who would Loki be, then? Then one of the others, Sveinur from the Faroes, sang this song ([link]) - the very first song we had ever seen with Loki from the movie "Thor"! ([link]) No doubt after that ^^
Sorry for the long story, I just wanted to tell it because Sveinur looks (a bit) like your Loki!
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow! I see what you mean. The Sveinur fellow does have the sinister-roguish look about him, doesn't he. Thanks! =)
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allibunni Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I am a fan of all things Norse and I love this picture and I am even basing my english GCSE peace of creative writiong off of the norse gods and this picture of fenris relly helped me visulise what he looked like fo that i could create a description of him so THANKS!!
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
My pleasure! I hope the creative writing went off well, and thank you! =)
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good work :)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! =D
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skjaldulfr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heilige Scheisse.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
:giggle: I had to google that, but it seems fitting. =)
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LianiRisate Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
This is so cool! And he definitely looks like he's still kind of a puppy, you did a very good job with that. Also, since Fenrir is supposed to have to crouch to fit below the clouds in Ragnarok, I'd say here he is much smaller and puppy-like.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
:nod: That was what I was going for. Thanks a bunch! =)
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Bartimeas-Voltaire-P Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Artist
"i don't always knock up hoes, but when i do, they give birth to wolves"
~Loki
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
:giggle: Loki is quite the character, indeed. Easily my favorite of the Norse gods to illustrate... =)
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DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my word, this is amazing! I absolutely love it!
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch! I'm glad you like it. =)
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Jensofsweden Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow amazing wolf i must say! :)
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! =D
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teenbeen42 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
X3 Now try to imagine them playing fetch...

Sorry, this is a really epic piece... I just have a horrible mind that won't shut up. XD I love them both! :D
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
I don't mind the comment in the least! Thanks for sharing it, even if my response is almost a year late. =)
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CrystalOokami Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Dude, Fenris is HUGE!
Loki's my favorate.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you approve! Thank you. =)
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CrystalOokami Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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wnter06 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Norse mythology
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
:nod: Indeed. =)
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FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Urgh, so gorgeous ^^ :heart:
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faile35 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! =D
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megapotterhead Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
I have seen it spelled both "Angrboda" and "Angerboda." ;)

I REALLY like this!! You did such a great job with th eshading and I love the fallen trees and Fenris' scowl/growl(/smile? lol). Awesome job!!
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faile35 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! There are some great characters in Norse Mythology, which is why I keep coming back to them for subject matter, but these two are probably my favorites. Loki is just a hard guy to love, which makes him easy to admire for those who find themselves on some kind of "fringe" of society. And a giant, ill-tempered wolf that even the gods fear--what's not to love about that?! =)

Glad you like it, and thanks for the comment and compliment.
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