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Grendel's Mother

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Published: August 28, 2007
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This is a follow up to a painting I did last year of Beowulf tearing off Grendel's arm. I recently decided to carry on with the next part; Beowulf facing Grendel's mother.

My idea behind Grendel and his mother is that they represented the last in a lineage of an old, isolated shamanistic clan that still worshipped the Northern European pagan deities. Their continued survival and propagation (and monstrous appearance) has since depended on a combination of inbreeding and black magic. It makes for good motivation for me as the interpreter of these characters but I don't think I could instill all that in one painting. So I've dropped hints such as the burning alter which depicts the Venus of Willendorf and Grendel's body lying on a mound of the skeletal remains of his stillborn siblings.
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It reminded me of a dream I saw once, It was a nightmare: " I saw as a blue monster with too long arms and legs spreaded on the ground, he was sitting and seemed asleep. So I tried to kill it, I approached from his back then I cut one of his arm, but it grew again in a second, I hurried to cut the other arm but it grew again in second, so I ran away coz it was awake! Then I spread some of knifes collection was in an old off freezer. They were shaped in fancy decorative way, and too sharp some were curved. So I chose one, then I walked again towards it but carefully. 

For sorry the dream goes blur it didn't show me what happened next but then but cops had arrived. 

The house was in a sunken town, but this house was half sanken. And inhabited!

Anyway, its a great work and story behind make it worthy.

I enjoyed being here, keep it up. :rose:  
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I've seen this in a Dorling Kindersly book about mythology and monsters.
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Gorgeous and sad picture...
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You are really talented.
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gensanityProfessional Traditional Artist
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Now this is how Grendel's mother should look like. A huge upgrade from how she was portrayed in the movie. :nod:
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RidersofArmageddonStudent General Artist
The movie is rather cynical from the most of it, given the shame behind a masque of glory.
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love the willendorf venus figure on the altar
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*Looking between skeletons, Grendel, and mum* Damn, Grendel was a teeny baby for such a monstrosity!

And am I the only one here that noticed the tears?

My depiction isn't quite as (awesomely) nasty as this, but a bit closer to what I envision the depiction of her in "Grendel", but she's still not Jolie or lil' miss Playboy.
Film makers, y u make Mama Grendel sexy :iconyunoguyplz: !?
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HeartOfDeathProfessional Filmographer
beeeeyond super awesome!
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This is a really neat picture, I really like it. The only problem with this, and I'm just being nit-picky here, is that Grendel and his mother live underwater, in a deep, deep lake.
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"Big Bertha", as my Brit Lit teacher calls her.
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MiynxeHobbyist Digital Artist
lovely mum you got thar grendel...
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Did Grendel father those siblings himself?
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wow amazing depiction of grendel's mother. i love the epic of beowulf you could say im an english major lol but um i think this work of art is absoulutely amazing. she certainly looks as demonic as the book describes her and her ugly, creepy son.
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i would hate to see grendal's dad
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The debate has raged for centuries whether or not Grendel's mother was monstrous or a valkyrie type warrior woman. I've always subscribed to the notion that she was a monster. It says IN Beowulf, "she welcomed him with her claws" when he enters her lake.
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Yeah but who would fuck a monster? She had to look hot 0_0
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Another monster would do it no questions asked.
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