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Hermod - The Brave by jaggudada Hermod - The Brave by jaggudada
Hermóðr is a son of Odin. When Baldr was killed and all gods were speechless and devastated at his death, it is assumed that he was too. After the gods regained themselves, Frigg, Baldr's mother, asked who among the gods wished to gain all her love and good will. However, to gain them, that person must ride to Hel and offer her a ransom if she will let Baldr return to Asgard.

Hermóðr offered to undertake the journy on Odin's horse, Sleipnir, a horse with eight legs and can outrun the wind. He rode for nine days and nine nights in deep, dark valleys were he couldn't discern anything until he arrived at the river Gjöll. There, he crossed a bridge covered with glittering gold, a bridge that was guarded by the maiden Móðguðr. After Móðguðr told Hermóðr that Baldr had crossed the bridge and headed towards the abodes of death, Hermóðr continued his journey until he came to the barred gates of Hel.

Upon his arrival, Hermóðr dismounted, tightened Sleipnir's girth, mounted again and spurred Sleipnir so that the horse leapt entire over the gate. Upon reaching Hel's hall, he finds Baldr seated in the most honorable seat, and passed the night in his company. The next morning, he begged Hel to allow Baldr to ride back with him, assuring her that there were nothing but lamentations heard among the gods. However, Hel announced that Baldr would only be released if all things, living and lifeless, wept for him, he shall be released. But if anyone thing was to speak against him or refuse to weep, then Baldr shall be kept in Hel.

Hermóðr then rode back to Asgard and told the gods everything he had heard and witnessed. Upon this, the gods dispatched messengers throughout the world to beg everything to weep in order for Baldr to be delivered from Hel. All things willingly complied with this request, both men and every other living being, as well as earths and stones, trees and metals. As the messengers were returning, they found an old woman named Thaukt sitting in a cavern, and begged her to weep Baldr out of Hel.

However, the old hag never wept, preventing Baldr from returning back to Asgard. It is suspected that this old woman is no other than Loki himself, the god that had tricked the blind god, Baldr's brother, Höðr into killing him.



Update : WOOOOHHHAAA thankyou for the DailyDeviation guys! 
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Given 2014-06-19
A powerful representation of an equally powerful mythological character.
Hermod - The Brave by jaggudada ( Suggested by alexandrasalas and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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GarageMasters Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RIDE SLEIPNIR
RIDE FOR ALL YOU'RE WORTH
FASTER THAN LIGHTNING
TO THE DARK REALMS OF THE WORLD

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljalCg…
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jaggudada Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing song.. thankyou 
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Cool is he older than Thor?
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
there was too less info on him ..  age was one of it .. 
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PixelZealot Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Well done
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xStellary Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
brave men don't need shirts! or pants!
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scaryren Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
hot hot hot hot
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CR-creator12 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The art and story are great but the two don't seem to fit together.
What is he doing in the image?
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brogus7 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This looks sick with it... AWESOME
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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Quinnbee-s Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NORWAYY!
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aciddmaus23 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really cool art ????
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Crystal-Saber Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :la:
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meaguy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Lel, this guy rides a pony. 
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archanc Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is both brilliant visual art and an impressive grasp of Norse mythology. Well done!
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Nijiiru Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know its not pantheon but this guys is MANTHEON WORTHY!
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FangsInsanity42 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Writer
The helmet reminds me of Spark Trooper, from Magic: The Gathering.
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crystalthecat14 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
league of legends XD
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superkim111 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Ooh!
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KristinaToxicpanda Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh congrats^^ 
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Gore-Jiffin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
congratz
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD~!!! :clap: 
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flakyfan19 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Sweet
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carrollbriggs Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Ah, how I love Norse mythology. :D
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
:iconcongratsplz: on the DD! :woohoo:
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Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
That is awesome
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S-DLSea Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Congrats!
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CaptainKO Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Damn..this is beautiful art.
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jaggudada Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thakyou captain
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love your style of paint, great work!! :)
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thakyou DeviousSqurl :larryla: 
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tommasorenieri Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional
Great light, as always, my friend! If I can, how many hours you spend on a great piece like this? You use the layers or prefer to paint on an unique canvas? I'm sorry for the disturb, If you can't to reply, no problem Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey tomma my man ..   its absolutely fine ..  love sharing tool trade tips..

all my recent illustrations (including this) are gray shaded .. 

so there are more than 80+ layers (effect layers consisting of  color, overlay,divide *** , soft light) stacked with normal  100% opacity layers ..  

the process if fairly simple and very easy then it sounds...   i keep piling layers until i get the color variations i want..

if you want i'll give you the .psd file for studying.. just send me  note



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this took about 7~8 hours .. i have a very short attention span so it took me about 3 days to finish it .. 2 hours a day or so .. 


(divide is the new layer effect only present in newer versions of photoshop, but it does wonders.. )
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tommasorenieri Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional
Thank you so much for the reply, my friend! Is very interesting to know how the artist you admire works! Asap I'll send to you a note. Many many thanks, my friend
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
my pleasure tomma .. you're a great artist .. it would be my pleasure to share my tool tips with you ..
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome work! Lil Butchie learning evil grin 
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou monkey ..!   your laracroft is my wallpaper .. i just adore her face.. :D
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Hey awesome!! I'm glad you appreciate her :D
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i love her man
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Evil Angry Face Emoticon. 
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
creepy looking but impressive. nicely done
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jaggudada Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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