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Wild Hunt

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(Music: Marcin Przybyłowicz & Percival – Hunt or Be Hunted)

Wild Hunt is a European folk myth involving a ghostly or supernatural group of huntsmen passing in wild pursuit. The hunters may be either elves or fairies or the dead. The myth of the Wild Hunt originally comes from a Scandinavian legend that has become fairly widespread and varied (the leader of the retinue could be Odin, Hecate, Herne the Hunter, etc.) Also this legend is well known to the Witcher fans ✨

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In Spain it is called Estadea.

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ArtsyGirl7Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just imagine them flying through the night shrieking and wailing 
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M-CuriosityHobbyist General Artist
And also this legend is well known to Shadow unters fans :) Amazing! :)
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HaerosisHobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks amazing, especially the tattered clothing and those horses!
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TeroPorthan Digital Artist
Awesome picture!! I am currently working on my piece of a Finnish version of a similar myth :-)
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Italo-VictorProfessional Digital Artist
This is actually the best depiction of it i've ever seen :wow:
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RoxanneMilsonProfessional Digital Artist
This is badass, very cool depiction 
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RaubritterHobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAAAAAZING!!!
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loverofmythologyHobbyist General Artist
have you read hellboy's the wild hunt? i think you'd like it!
Erishimo's avatar
This is stunning, you have amazing talent.
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As a witcher fan I love it
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LordMearlnHobbyist General Artist
Hungarians have a cool version of this as well. Transylvanian Hungarians had a beloved prince, Csaba (the myth tells he was the one to settle them down), and from then, when enemies are attacking them, they prey to him to come down on the Milky Way with his ghostly army and protect them. (Additionally, it of course isn't called the Milky Way in Transylvania - that's the Way of Armies, and the stars are actually the footsteps of the ghost soldiers' horses.)
It would not be surprising if this myth would have originated in one of the northeastern Wild Hunt-myths (since there is a proven connection between Celts and Hungarians, they lived here in the Carpathian Basin when we came), but along with many other pagan myths and legends, this one had to get a Christian cover, too. Probably that's why the Hunt became a helping entity summoned by praying, and led by a famous prince instead of a god.
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indra13 Traditional Artist
Love 
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SongOfSolomonHobbyist General Artist
... sinister ... emotive ... really cool ... !
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Lugia20711Hobbyist Writer
Awesome job!
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Chala86Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome piece of artwork. Well done.
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Karalia-MHobbyist General Artist
I wholeheartedly love your style.
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TheLuckOfTheClawsHobbyist Digital Artist
Mark Blackthorn, is that you?
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I love the horses!!
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This is one of my favorite myths ever!! Love your version of it!
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shatataHobbyist General Artist
It looks sooo good! ^^
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Nicely done. 
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Sereida-ArtsStudent General Artist
Such an interesting story and painting, love the way you drew the horses!
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