Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 35 - Kraken

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Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 35 - Kraken

Welcome to the thirty-fifth issue of my fantasy features news article!  I hope you enjoy it, and please, show the featured artists some love and recognition through pageviews, :+fav:'s and :+devwatch:'s!
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This week's creature feature is: Kraken


From Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken :

Kraken are mythical sea monsters of gargantuan size, said to have dwelt off the coasts of Norway and Iceland. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the beasts have made them common ocean-dwelling monsters in various fictional works. The legend may actually have originated from sightings of real giant squid that are variously estimated to grow to 13–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, including the tentacles. These creatures normally live at great depths, but have been sighted at the surface and have reportedly attacked ships.
Kraken is the definite article form of krake, a Scandinavian word designating an unhealthy animal, or something twisted.
Early accounts, including Pontoppidan's, describe the kraken as an animal "the size of a floating island" whose real danger for sailors was not the creature itself, but the whirlpool it created after quickly descending back into the ocean. However, Pontoppidan also described the destructive potential of the giant beast: "It is said that if it grabbed the largest warship, it could manage to pull it down to the bottom of the ocean". Kraken were always distinct from sea serpents, also common in Scandinavian lore.
According to Pontoppidan, Norwegian fishermen often took the risk of trying to fish over kraken, since the catch was so good. If a fisherman had an unusually good catch, they used to say to each other, "You must have fished on Kraken." Pontoppidan also claimed that the monster was sometimes mistaken for an island, and that some maps that included islands that were only sometimes visible were actually indicating kraken.

~The Kraken by Alfred Tennyson~
Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.


Now, for the features!  Works are featured from various categories, in no particular order:


kraken attack by artstain Kraken painting Project by Tit-Flo kraken by nailone Happy Kraken by shley77 Krakatoa character base by DCLeadboot Kraken by kittomer
kraken by caosoma The Kraken by DanceswithElvis Pablo the Kraken by balletvamp Tremorworks: Kraken bw by rachaelm5 Kraken by heteroerectus :thumb158476472:
sharpie art 27 the kraken by RodniMoon Kraken Colossus by ll-MDX-ll :thumb69267279: Kraken by moogleboy64 Kraken by Yaehara :thumb165605222:
The Kraken by JSMarantz Attack of the Kraken by chosetec :thumb149935798: Kraken by bleedingbird Kraken by verreaux :thumb105783397:
The Kraken by Shapooda Kraken by Atanasio Lets Get It Kraken by CLE2 Deep Blue Sea by xiaobaosg Kraken by Nordic-Dragon The Kraken in color by verreaux
Kraken - Beast of the Seas by Rosaka-Chan Kraken by Skizzarah Kraken by felixxkatt :thumb154233121: :thumb163657363: Kraken by MrMonday
Kraken by Trenton-Shuck Kraken by night--wind Kraken by Prasa The Kraken by GP0WERS Kraken by WiiBoy A Boy and his Kraken by ovibos
Kraken Guitar Artwork by Manda-Chaos Kraken by Neo-Br Kraken by LordHannu Squiby: Kraken by AlkseeyaKC Kraken by FleshTraktor
Kraken by serdarsuer Whack the Kraken by Bowie-Spawan Coloring Book : Kraken by Krisztianna mini-evil-kraken by bocetta The Kraken by scarredwolf915
kraken by 13art13 :thumb34345391: The Kraken attacks by Chongo-zilla Kraken by TheBloodWingedAngel Kraken by Zarmactacus
:thumb42355782: Squishy Cola by CaptBeans Ghost of the Kraken by GhostLoveJewelry Arctic Kraken by wyvernX What's Kraken? by XeviousTheGreat kraken by Nordheimer



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~Arah :heart:


Previous Issues:
Week 1 - Unicorns: news.deviantart.com/article/78…
Week 2 - Merfolk: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 3 - Eastern Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 4 - Kitsune: news.deviantart.com/article/80…
Week 5 - Alicorn: news.deviantart.com/article/81…
Week 6 - Gnomes: news.deviantart.com/article/82…
Week 7 - Tanuki: news.deviantart.com/article/83…
Week 8 - Centaurs: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 9 - Special Edition: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 10 - Orcs: news.deviantart.com/article/85…
Week 11 - Dryad: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 12 - Halflings: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 13 - Elves: news.deviantart.com/article/88…
Week 14 - Faeries: news.deviantart.com/article/92…
Week 15 - Vampires: news.deviantart.com/article/93…
Week 16 - Sphinx: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 17 - Griffin: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 18 - Phoenix:  news.deviantart.com/article/95…
Week 19 - Djinn: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 20 - Werewolves: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 21 - Selkie: news.deviantart.com/article/98…
Week 22 - Gargoyles: news.deviantart.com/article/99…
Week 23 - Western Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 24 - Drow: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 25 - Yeti: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 26 - Kirin: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 27 - Satyr: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 28 - Hippocampus: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 29 - Manticore: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 30 - Leprechauns: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 31 - Pegasus: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 32 - Lamia: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 33 - Kelpie: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 34 - Water Nymphs: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
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Rosaka-Chan's avatar
Wow, so much kraken art. :D
Thank you for the feaure. :bow: