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Grendel's Mother

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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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GreenDay4's avatar
this is great!
blsam's avatar
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:  
tcr11050's avatar
I've seen this in a Dorling Kindersly book about mythology and monsters.
Tsuki222's avatar
Gorgeous and sad picture...
reptilerobby's avatar
You are really talented.
paladinofthelantern's avatar
Now this is how Grendel's mother should look like. A huge upgrade from how she was portrayed in the movie. :nod:
RidersofArmageddon's avatar
The movie is rather cynical from the most of it, given the shame behind a masque of glory.
pmdart1408's avatar
love the willendorf venus figure on the altar
Bat-Snake's avatar
*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: !?
HeartOfDeath's avatar
beeeeyond super awesome!
Mary-Oldacre's avatar
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.
LockmanCapulet's avatar
"Big Bertha", as my Brit Lit teacher calls her.
Miynxe's avatar
uhh...
lovely mum you got thar grendel...
Guyverman's avatar
Did Grendel father those siblings himself?
likeporcelin's avatar
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.
Meep-inc's avatar
i would hate to see grendal's dad
FrozenNephilim's avatar
damn typo Grendel*
FrozenNephilim's avatar
Poor poor Grenel :'(
brnleague99's avatar
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.
PalePhail's avatar
Yeah but who would fuck a monster? She had to look hot 0_0
brnleague99's avatar
Another monster would do it no questions asked.
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