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Father and Son
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Published: December 16, 2007
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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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DeadloveCalling's avatar
Loki and Fenrir- I absolutely love it!
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Paniintodust|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|Student Traditional Artist
Nice ^^
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LadyKittrena's avatar
I love it! Very nicely done.
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Azrael1992's avatar
Damn! Now is Ragnarok on the way, if this happens, a good picture.
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NixKat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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TheSandLion|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really well done. Damn.
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FirepeltXColdpelt's avatar
Wow... Just wow...
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Ragnarok6664|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great :thumbsup:
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:wave::tighthug:

Your splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]
:iconhappydayplz:
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faile35| Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliment, the heads up, and the link! I'm very flattered! =)
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You're welcome :hug:
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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| 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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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| 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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Most likely, cause I SERIOUSLY doubt that ANY dog, wild or domestic, could get THAT big!!!! And welcome ^-^
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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| 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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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| Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm happy you found it, too. =)
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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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