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Grendel's Mother by ndhill Grendel's Mother by ndhill
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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GreenDay4 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
this is great!
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blsam Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
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. 

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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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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Amazing
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tcr11050 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen this in a Dorling Kindersly book about mythology and monsters.
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ndhill Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2015  Professional
(edited)
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Gorgeous and sad picture...
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reptilerobby Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
You are really talented.
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gensanity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome
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paladinofthelantern Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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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RidersofArmageddon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Student General Artist
The movie is rather cynical from the most of it, given the shame behind a masque of glory.
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pmdart1408 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   General Artist
love the willendorf venus figure on the altar
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Bat-Snake Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*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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HeartOfDeath Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
beeeeyond super awesome!
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Mary-Oldacre Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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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LockmanCapulet Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Big Bertha", as my Brit Lit teacher calls her.
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Miynxe Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uhh...
lovely mum you got thar grendel...
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Did Grendel father those siblings himself?
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likeporcelin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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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Meep-inc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
i would hate to see grendal's dad
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FrozenNephilim Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
damn typo Grendel*
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FrozenNephilim Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Poor poor Grenel :'(
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brnleague99 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
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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PalePhail Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Student
Yeah but who would fuck a monster? She had to look hot 0_0
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brnleague99 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
Another monster would do it no questions asked.
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BrandPower Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Screw Angelina Jolie! I'm glad someone could be bothered sticking to the non-hollywood version of things. Even better, you interpreted it in your own way rather than just copying, so that's pretty cool.
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nyanyagirl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is lovely. It's nice seeing a piece where Grendel's mother is more monstrous and war like. =)
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T-rexSusan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Now THAT'S more like it.
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kKkarma Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
sick dude. really well done. The attention to detail is amazing. i would sell my soul to be able to paint like this. any takers?
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Renstock Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
amazing job
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inuaineko Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
WOW!!! This is Awsome...Also the second thing I noticed was Venus of (Wollendorf?) under the fire...if that's even what you were trying to do.
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ndhill Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional
Thanks and Yup. I wanted to suggest that Grendel's line drew back to the aboriginal clans that thrived in Europe before recorded history. Even before the norse pantheon.

Peace.
-Noel
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
what time were alloys discovered?
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Bronze was first alloy, over 4000 years ago.
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inuaineko Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
Well good job, and very clever btw. ^_^



P.S. I LOVE your signature
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In-ri Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
awwww T-T poor guys [refering 2 the 'monsters']
they dont deserve 2 b killd just kuz they dont look prutE or friendly
*wants 2 kill the inconsiderate slayer* X<
u can tell im an enviromentalist cant u *.*;
hee hee ^ ^ guilty! Xp
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KevinDeath Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
nice peice, love the contrast
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mightybearrr Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
where is the hair?
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JRenneeK Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
kool!!! i saw the movie and i cant pick which one i liked better!! i like your idea better though..... good work!
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember reading about that tribe, with the one worrior whose gaze could lay waste to an entire army, but it took three men to lift his heavy eyelid.

I really love your interpretation of Grendal's mother, I think she looks amazing! It's an incredable form and the head has such great form. F*ck Angelina Jole as Grendal's mom! This is much better.
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sovelliss06 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Ah ah ah ah. F*ck CGI Angelina Jolie *mad laughter*
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm serious! I can't stand her at all! And I would much rather see a visually interesting creature than a naked Angelina. *shudder!* Ewww....I'm making myself sick!
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ndhill Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional
Yeah, I just saw the Beowulf movie and while I liked and agree with the characterization of Beowulf as a completely pompous, self absorbed asshole, Angelina Jolie was a bit much. Ever since I saw that she had that tail thing coming off her head in the trailer, my theory was that she was connected to a larger monster, sort of like the lure on a deep sea angler fish. I thought that would've been cool but... Nope.
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And your idea of the lure is really great! You should do something like that.
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll admit I refuse to see the movie for several reasons: dosen't stick to the poem (need to read that still), the computer generated everything (I'm getting sick of seeing that), and Angelina Jolie all naked and the high-heeled feet she had. I just knew that they'd be having sex at some point and I hate sex in movies because I get more than an eye full of woman-parts, but I get nothing when it comes to a guy.
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Steelwool Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I got no qualms when it comes to lady parts, but Hollywood defiles alot of classical epics with its attempts to cater to modern audiences. I got no problem with Jolie but her as Grendel's mother?! Stop fucking around and put an ogre in her spot!
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, being a woman I see the lady parts every day so I get a little tired of seeing them on screen when I could be seeing men parts. But to each their own.

I agree! Why can't the people in Hollywood think more like that? I'd much rather see a true-to-the-story visual representation than all of this butt-licking/kissing to the masses. And if they dare try to hide behind that flimsy excuse of artistic license...*cracks knuckles*
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Steelwool Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I know right, they think that just because "well, Beowulf never came out with his mother's head...soooo OMG THEY MUST HAVE HAD SEX! CONSPIRACY TIME!!"
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sovelliss06 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
I did like the detail in the computer generation, but I'll agree that it is getting used too much, and also, Angelina Jolie was... just stupid. I think that movie could have been much better with just the plot.
Overall: Visuals-Incredible Plot-enough to make the visuals not worth it Angelina Jolie- ummm.... why?

also, I have man parts *looks seductive* *laughs* sorry, I'm creepy, I get it all the time.
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've no doubt that visually it was cool, but so was Eragon and the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and look what they did to those; I did like Liam Neeson as Aslan though. *squeek!*
The only movie I like her in is 'Girl, Interupted' which was a bit of a confusing book by the way, but a great movie.

Hey, that's alright! I don't mind creepy for the most part, and I'll tell you when it's getting a little weird for me; I must say though, I disagree with one of your statements and say that Easy-Cheese is quite delish, and if I could still eat it I would. The best is the spray-cheese because I can pile it all up on a cracker and write my name with it!
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sovelliss06 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
This movie was above par in my opinion though, I don't think the others got in the same amount of detail with CGI, also considering they didn't do the whole movie in CGI, but that's beside the point.
Also, I haven't seen that movie, I don't watch movies all that often.
It's not that the CGI made it better, I was just stunned by the amount of detail they got.

ugh, easy cheese is an abomination of food...

also *is creepy in your general direction*
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