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The Wild Hunt

This is a pic done the last year based on the wild hunt concept. was used as a cover for Battlerage´s album: Blood, Fire, Steel. Is a bit diferent to usual, so hope you like it :)

Bamboo/PSCS3/10 hours non consecutives/music: The wild hunt - Therion


Let´s wikiattack!!

The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe. The fundamental premise in all instances is the same: a phantasmal group of huntsmen with the accoutrements of hunting, horses, hounds, etc., in mad pursuit across the skies or along the ground, or just above it.

The hunters may be the dead or the fairies (often in folklore connected with the dead). The hunter may be an unidentified lost soul, a deity or spirit of either gender, or may be a historical or legendary figure like Theodoric the Great, the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag, the Welsh psychopomp Gwyn ap Nudd or the Germanic Woden (or other reflections of the same god, such as Alemannic Wuodan in Wuotis Heer ("Wuodan's Host") of Central Switzerland, Swabia etc.)

It has been variously referred to as Wilde Jagd (German: "wild hunt/chase") or Wildes Heer (German: "wild host"), Herlaþing (Old English: "Herla's assembly"), Woden's Hunt, Herod's Hunt, Cain's Hunt, the Devil's Dandy Dogs (in Cornwall), Gabriel's Hounds (in northern England), Ghost Riders (in North America), Mesnée d'Hellequin (Old North French: "household of Hellequin"), Cŵn Annwn (Welsh: "hounds of Annwn"), divoká honba or štvaní (Czech: "wild hunt", "baiting") , Dziki Gon or Dziki Łów (Polish) and Oskoreia or Åsgårdsreia (Norwegian: "ride of Asgard").

Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or at best the death of the one who witnessed it. Mortals getting in the path of or following the Hunt could be kidnapped and brought to the land of the dead. A girl who saw Wild Edric's Ride was warned by her father to put her apron over her head to avoid the sight. Others believed that people's spirits could be pulled away during their sleep to join the cavalcade.

In Germany, where it was also known as the "Wild Army", or "Furious Army", its leader was given various identities, including Wodan (or "Woden"), Knecht Ruprecht (cf. Krampus), Berchtold (or Berchta), and Holda (or "Holle"). The Wild Hunt is also known from post-medieval folklore.
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Canadian-Empire's avatar
Seems Geralt has new enemies to take care of.
The-Shipping-Killer's avatar
When I saw this pick (and reading your description confirmed it) I was reminded of the song "Ghost Riders in the Sky" by Johnny Cash.

I was also reminded of the song "The Lost Vikings" by Dethklok
LordAresWar's avatar
First thing to came to mind is the Witcher second THIS IS AWESOME!!!
alithking's avatar
Magnífica imagen.
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Gwiber49's avatar
I heard the Wild Hunt may not be purely European, but a similar incident happened in Ghats, India, and I got this from Wikipedia.   I hope you can find better sources to support this claim!  Good art, but too revealing!  RIDE ON BRONIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Star Butterfly Emote 3 
AzakiShimo's avatar
Scary but yet sexy~ :O
EqFAzrael's avatar
Reminds me of The Witcher! :D
Verdaxy's avatar
One word: Witcher
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Kenji-Leon-Gunji's avatar
may i use this as an oc appearance i will give you full cerdit to your artwork and everything
GregLakowske's avatar
Killer picture ....awesome
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I sometimes have wondered if Odin didn't have an alternate self, one that embodied the chaos he strives to keep at bay and exists as The Wild Huntsman. Tales on the subject of The Wild Hunt are brief in Norse myth but I'm told they are extensively told in other germanic/celtic myths
Hunter-Trapper's avatar
Excelent artwork! Also, it really sounds like you've done your research on the subject.
Bloodchain24's avatar
This is even stunning for artists. Fantastic.
PinkoPrint's avatar
whoa this is really cool. :heart:
Hiatagi-Satori's avatar
AWESOME SAUCE...its like you took a spartan and nightmare from soul calibur and made them have a kid...bravo
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^ how'd ya do these. . .
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