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By Meredyth
The lightning flashed as he hefted the hammer and thunder struck, as so many times before. The thunder rolled across the plain and broke against the far mountainside, followed by the cheer of the Einherjar, who stood lined against the horizon, an army of immortals in numbers beyond counting – and yet not many enough.
So often had he smiled whenever he had lifted Mjolnir, the warden of Asgard, but this time he felt nothing of elation, nothing of triumph. As he turned to the wind and faced the plain of Vigrid, he knew that this time would be the last one he carried Mjolnir into the battle. The last contest, the last hero’s deed, the last fight. The enemy had come in legions, the spawn of Hel and Utgard, the forces of Chaos. They had come to destroy the world he loved.
He blinked away a tear as he thought of Sif and his sons and all he was about to lose – but he did not waver for a moment. He had lived a life of millennia, the life of a God, and he had no regrets. He had fought, feasted, loved, and defended those who had been given into his care. He might die today – no, would die certainly, her corrected himself – but his death would be the fulfillment of a warrior’s life, a story never forgotten, as long as a single soul would live to remember it. He wished for his world and his loved ones to prevail, alas all beyond the power of his arms and his battle-craft was Wyrd, was the doing of the Norns, and no God, not even Odin, could hope to change that. So let it be! If it must end, it ends. Ragnarok!
He raised the hammer high above his head, and as the Einherjar cheered again, he finally smiled his crooked, defiant smile. With a steady stride, his brothers by his side, he led the armies of Valhalla against the enemy. He wore no amour, no fancy warrior’s adornments, his muscular frame alone would be sufficient emblazonment for his last fight.
So come, warriors, he thought, and finally joined in the battle cry.
Live for nothing, or die for something!


A lot of words, but this more or less was the scene or mood I had in mind when I worked on that picture. This now is my entry for Ferun-Namids Thor-Contest (…). Lots of thanx for that - here and now it was the motivation for sitting down and finishing the rough sketch I had begun some three weeks ago. I'm not sure anymore if the picture qualifies for the contest... I started by the rules and begun with a design of Thor that came to my mind - well, and then I got carried away. So no Viking armour and kit as I originally intended, just the man and his weapon and an overall feeling of judgment day! No colour in it, so I can pretend he has red hair! :)
Somehow in the process the Einherjar appeared in the left corner, but they are pretty restrained not to invade the picture ;)
Contest fitting or not, it's secondary now as I'm nearly content with the outcome for now. Time pressure was tight, but otherwise it would have taken months to finish...

Thor was drawn in b pencils and digitally altered using Photoimpact x3 (don't know while I still use it...). The background sky and all was almost exclusively done on my old Aiptek HP tablet with Photoshop. I did about two hours sketching and another five hours for executing the picture.

Musical inspiration was provided by bands DoomSword, Rebellion, Darkest Era, Atlantean Kodex, and of course Manowar!

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Sony Ericsson
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Date Taken
Feb 28, 2010, 4:47:02 PM
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Love all your work and writing
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Thank you very much!
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no problem ^^
Epic, both the picture and the accompanying bit of writing - that's how you'd really imagine this sort of person going into such a battle.
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Herzlichen Dank!
Rettna's avatar
One of the best depictions of Thor that I've seen. Especially his face. You do faces particularly well!
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predatorIOI's avatar
concentration before battle is very important!
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Thank you Lady!
KuTheBrewer's avatar
I like the whole drawing, but it was the expression on the face that kept me staring for a long while. It got me asking, why is he so sad? Then I read your story and it gave context to the art, Ragnarok... it must be a great burden to know your own destiny and to wield so much power and still be ruled by the Norns, just like any mortal. It takes a lot of corage to smile and do what you must knowing how it is going to end. I think you manage to capture that sense of nobility in your art! Thanks!
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Gratitude for that. You're very welcome :)
XxBuiltForSynxX's avatar
so awesome.....though mjolnir seems a bit small.....or maybe its me :P either way, love this!
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Having used a lot of hammers myself I feel somewhat uncomfortable with those Marvel-style mega-sized beaters, but I guess it's all a matter of imagination :)
Thank you!
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I completely understand that :) you should be proud of your work :) so you're most welcome x
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Thank you again, that's very kind.
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I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true :) so you're welcome x
asguardviking's avatar
THis work is awesome and a excellient story to go with it. very well done!
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