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This illustration depicts the funeral of the god Baldr, the second son of Odin.
In the Norse Mythology, Baldr is the only Gods who has been killed and his death is seen as the first in the chain of events which will ultimately lead to the destruction of the gods at Ragnarok.
In the Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, he is described as:
“He is the wisest of the Æsir, and the fairest-spoken and most gracious; and that quality attends him, that none may gainsay his judgments. He dwells in the place called Breidablik, which is in heaven; in that place may nothing unclean be”
It is told in Snorri Sturluson's Gylfaginning that at Baldr's funeral his wife Nanna died of grief and was placed alongside him on his pyre, thus joining her husband in Hel. Hringhorni, Baldr's ship, was the largest of all such vessels and was to serve as the god's funeral ship.
“The Æsir took the body of Baldr and brought it to the sea. Hringhorni is the name of Baldr's ship: it was greatest of all ships; the gods would have launched it and made Baldr's pyre thereon.”


From the Gylfaginning (or the Tricking of Gylfi) that is the first part of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda
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:iconthedevilreborn:
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
So beautiful. 
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:icondorianecgordon:
DorianECGordon Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is perhaps your best work. You chose your colours carefully - but a clever play of greys avoid a too straight black&white contrast, going instead for a softer, richer effect. The whale in the front is wonderful: an impressive idea, showing the underwater as a contrast to the sky in the upperside of the illustration and to the water's surface in the middle. Loved it.
You had, like, half a billion of favourites for this drawing, already, or it would have been my choice for the Favourites. x°D My compliments!
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Ehi! grazie! beh, anche a me piace molto.. ma forse non è la mia migliore... mannaggia!! non ha neppure una daily deviation!!;P Ho una marea di favoriti solo perché, ho avuto 3 daily deviations su altri disegnie da lì la gente è venuta a vedere la mia pagina... a presto :hug:
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:iconmarychain:
marychain Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
amazing composition!!
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
:bow:
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:iconzig-zag-zero:
Zig-Zag-Zero Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hnnnnn wow<333
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
very kind, indeed!!
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:iconavesy:
Avesy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
love the vertical presentation and those colours and designs. really beautiful. Norse mythology has always seemed fascinating, i need to learn more about it.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
thak you!
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:iconcrceres:
crceres Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
The whales add a strange touch, like two mythologies have suddenly merged. Very beautiful.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
I'm glad you like it! thank you for the kind words!
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:iconkanekami:
kanekami Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Student General Artist
nice
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
:bow:!
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:iconcynical-chan:
cynical-chan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely use of space and color.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
:bow: Thank you!
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:iconwanderingmage:
wanderingmage Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Lovely original composition. I've never seen anyone else combine a viking ship, with a killer whale before. Is there any particular reason that you decided on doing so?

The very simple almost monochromatic color scheme with that strong dash of vibrant red just really speaks to me. Especially since I find the vertical blocky shape of the landscaped background only accentuates that pop of red. :)

It's really lovely!
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
It was quite common that at the funeral ceremony the body was accompanied by a funeral procession with also horses...In the Norse traditions, the funeral ceremony consisted, among other possibility, in burning the corpse in a ship left in the middle of the sea... In my illustration I decided that the funeral procession for a God could have been made by more powerful, elegant and majestic animal such as the killer whales.... in addition, in nature, when a pack of Orca swim calmly close to the surface they really look like a procession.. and, finally, also because the horses don't like to swim! ;P
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sire011886 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
You can never have enough Norse mythology.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
:nod:
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:iconlilielo-lawliet:
Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
Wonderful.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
thank you!
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:iconlilielo-lawliet:
Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
your very welcome
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:iconvasodelirium:
vasodelirium Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
hi!your work is featured in my journal:)
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
You're really too kind! Thanks!
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:iconjohnjm1992:
johnjm1992 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
This is a great picture:)
Umm..you seem to know alot of the Norse mythology,which I am currently studying,and if you could tell me a book or two on the subject,it'd be a great help.But seeing as Im not fluent in many languages,it'd be best if they were in English.Thank you:)
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
You're flattering me!! Thank you so much for the nice comment!
Some of the book you can read are:

Beofulw
The prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
The Völsunga saga
The Hervarar saga
The Gesta Danorum by Saxo Grammaticus

then I think you can find some essays by Jorge Luis Borges...
...The other books I've read are all in Italian...
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:iconjohnjm1992:
johnjm1992 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
You're very welcome^^
Thank you for all the stuff...
Ive heard of the prose edda,im gonna get it.But ive never heard of it^^
Im so gonna try the other ones though...thank you so much^^
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:iconsnakegrrl:
snakegrrl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Lovely! I like how the woman's dress is being unfurled by the wind, and the red sail is a nice contrast. Somber, but very pretty.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
One thousand thanks for the comment!!
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:iconinsgesamtingobert:
InsgesamtIngobert Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
beautiful composition and athmosphere :) I like the grey tones of the sea and the whales and the texture of the heaven. I'm not quiet sure about the red flag, I guess I'm missing some texture in there. I like the red colour but it just looks a bit photoshop-like in a traditional piece. but the rest is awesome.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
Yes, you are right! I've tried several times to draw something inside the sail... but always I was unhappy of the result! Thus I decided to live it simply red...
thank you for the comment and suggestion: it's always highly appreciated!!
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:iconayameofthesand:
Ayameofthesand Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
thats bautiful.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
thank you!
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:iconelegaer:
elegaer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
I love the way you've used the killer whales here. So perfect fitting into Arctic myth.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
Thank you very much! I'm very glad that you like my work!
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:iconschawrzerzengel:
SchawrzErzengel Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beyond words...
the red vessel fits perfectly with the black and white and the entire composition.
It's perfect.
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
you're too kind! and sorry for a such late reply!
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:iconszacsi:
Szacsi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww....How lovely, nice work :heart:
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Thank you!! and sorry for a such late reply!
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:iconszacsi:
Szacsi Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :)
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:iconlucas-coito:
Lucas-Coito Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
beautifull as always ;)
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
thank you :bow:
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:iconmaoundo:
MaoUndo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Meraviglioso... veramente meraviglioso...
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
troppo gentile... davvero!!
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:iconmaoundo:
MaoUndo Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
No no, davvero meraviglioso :D

Mi ha proprio lasciato basito... dalla composizione (che è comunque nel tuo stile), a quel tocco di colore al centro... splendido
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:iconalicia-hannah:
Alicia-Hannah Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
I love the layout and use of spot color :)
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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:iconchouleopold:
ChouLeopold Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this pic very much! :heart:
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:icongalhad:
Galhad Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
thank you so much!
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:iconshaksaag:
ShakSaag Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
this pic have a really relaxatic feeling. i love it <3
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