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The Morrighan
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Published: November 1, 2009
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The Morrighan - Entry for =lindowyn-stock's Irish Deities mini contest.
Update: Contest is over - I WON!! *happydancing*

I was going to take this piece in a totally different direction, but then I came across this...

The Washer of the Ford
There is a lonely stream afar in a lone dim land:
It hath white dust for shire it has, white bones bestrew the strand:
The only thing that liveth there is a naked leaping sword;
But I, who are a seer am, have seen the whirling hand
Of the Washer of the Ford.

A shadowy shape of cloud and mist, of gloom and dusk, she stands,
The Washer of the Ford:
She laughs, at times, and strews the dust through the hollow of her hands.
She counts all the sins of men there, and slays the red-stained horde-
The ghosts of all the sins of men must know the whirling sword
Of the Washer of the Ford

She stoops and laughs when in the dust she sees a writhing limb:
"Go back into the ford," she says, "and hither and thither swim;
Then I shall wash you white as snow, and shall take you by the hand,
And slay you here in the silence with this my whirling brand,
And trample you into the dist of this white windless sand"-
This is the laughing word
Of the Washer of the Ford
-- Fiona Macleod


Awesomely inspiring. I personally liked the juxtaposition of the mention of the sword and the fact that the stock I used shows her as holding a feather. Again, she's another legend I've always seen as benevolent rather than malevolent.

Thanks to =lindowyn-stock for the inspiration to do one of these.

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The Morrighan: =lindowyn-stock (Who else could play the part? Seriously, now.)
Crow: ~stockmichelle
Background: #resurgere and ~Legends-Stock
Mist brushes: ~spiritsighs-stock
Textures: ~darkrose42-stock
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Comments (31)
blackcatrock's avatar
Very beautiful! Like the spooky mood you've created.
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Amarinth|Hobbyist General Artist
The Morrigan was not always depicted as malevolent. Those depictions are more modern.
Also, nice art. It isn't often one finds such a stunning portrayal of the Morrigan where she isn't depicted as a monster.
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, so much! And yes, I find that many mythical legends have several facets to their characters. I like to choose the less obvious ones on occasion. :)
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Amarinth|Hobbyist General Artist
I laud you for taking on the Morrigan at all, much less a less-obvious facet of her.
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wintersmagic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi your exquisite art has been featured here:[link]
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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wintersmagic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :love:
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wintersmagic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning piece, congratulations on winning :heart:
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much.
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wintersmagic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, that is a stunning piece :heart:
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flamingchibi's avatar
First of all, huge Celtic mythology lover speaking lol. Personally, my favorite deity is Morrigan. :)

Second, such a wonderful image here! I love the composition of where she is and not to mention the all-around lovliness of this. Good idea to include the raven in the upper portion of the picture, as well.

- Faved -
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the great feedback.
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Your welcome. :)
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This has been featured here: [link] !
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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So very welcome!
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Congratulations on your first place, I must admit the picture blew me away, and the poem beneath it did rather daunt me. I know mine is no where near as good, but I do hope you like your prize!

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Elandria|Professional General Artist
Congrats on first place!! As part of your gift pack you can choose a pack of exclusive stock from my gallery here - [link] Just let me know which pack you want!
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
OMG... it's going to be impossible to choose. LOL
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:giggle: Just about to note you now ;)
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This has been featured here [link] and congrats
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Renilicious|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you!!!

*totally stoked*
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You are very welcome
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