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Goblin Blacksmith by TeroPorthan Goblin Blacksmith by TeroPorthan
The Finnish goblins (Hiisi) are master blacksmiths who forge swords and even horses out of iron inside a mountain. Ancient shamans would summon swords of iron and fire from the goblins.

Read more about Finnish mythology and folklore on Tiina Porthan's and Tero Porthan's site Mythical Creatures in Finnish Folklore. In Finnish: Kalman kartano
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Volhovsky Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
A friend of mine, blacksmith, just looks the same at a time of work)
Great art!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Digital Artist
Oh that's great! :D Thank you so much!
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MarquisAmon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Happy 
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VinnyMartello Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Blacksmithing is a fun hobby too!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018   Digital Artist
Indeed it is! :D
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kami1997 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
I wonder if they also had same a habit as Seppo Imarinen of randomly crafting something completely different from what they were supposed to do.

I mean when Ilmarinen tries to craft Sampo he made a bow, a ship, and a golden cow. And for some reason, all of these creations had a sinister spirit and as such were melted down.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018   Digital Artist
This is very plausible, because Ilmarinen is often compared to Goblin blacksmiths, and in many poem versions he built his first forge in Hiitola :D It's almost like he is a goblin blacksmith himself :)
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kami1997 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
This might come from how Blacksmiths were seen in there communities at the time. Even tho they were respected for their skills at forging they were also feared because of there appearance. I mean they spend most of there days inside without much of sunlight. And their skins must have a look miserable with burn marks, cuts from tools. This might be the reason why Ilmarinen did not have the best luck in getting ladies. But at least he's better than Väinämöinen. 

This might also be why the Hephaestus the literal smith god was a ugly and crippled from birth.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018   Digital Artist
Yea that's it! :D And also that they could control two powerful forces: iron and fire, which were considered supernatural and magical :)
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kami1997 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018
And dangerous at the same time with some even losing their lives, and those that survive were a forced to live there lives as crippled and ugly.

Pretty ironic is it not in order to gain the skills to turn a simple and ugly piece of mineral into a beautiful piece of tool a person needs to sacrifice his own bodies weel beauty and well being. 

 The law of equivalent exchange.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018   Digital Artist
Yea, it's true!
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kami1997 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018
I wonder if the stories about peoples coming across Hiisi only came to exist because some people saw blacksmiths or two wondering or searching a material for there craft like in the mountain and peoples getting scared by there appearance.

Or at the same time, some 
blacksmiths were a literal bandit who uses the iron weapon that they had crafted and their appearance to rob and terrorize the travelers. 
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018   Digital Artist
That's an interesting theory! Who knows, maybe this is how it came about :)
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Miriel3 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
I love face expression on this one :D Kinda stubborn, like "I wouldn't make the biggest iron horse? Hold my beer!" (mead? What are finnish goblins even drinking?)
Great details, like always. Especially on arms <3
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018   Digital Artist
EVIL Laughter! That's exactly it! Beer for sure!! :D Ahooooy Matey! Thank you for your great feedback! :D
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Floating-Particle Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Awesome! :)
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :D
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Floating-Particle Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
Most welcome! :D
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018   General Artist
FREE FOR USE by IME54-ART  
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018   Digital Artist
Glad you like it, thank you so much!! :D :D
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018   General Artist
A938e6f2-7ad8-41ad-86e7-67aad7d3cb90 by IME54-ART  
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drawing4mylife Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really good! Love the lighting and pose! Some time ago I tried to draw something similar, it's such a nice feeling to see it achieved here <3 (mine was supposed to be an illustration on Crime and Punishment)
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018   Digital Artist
So happy to hear you like it! Thank you very much for nice comment :) Maybe you will finish yours one day on Crime and Punishment! :)
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drawing4mylife Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're more than welcome! Your work is really inspiring so I really enjoy seeing your new pieces!

It would be really nice finally drawing that one... if I do, I'll share it around here!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: Looking forward to your picture(s)!! :D
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BrunoPrata Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Student General Artist
Wow man! 
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D :D
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aaawhyme Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work!!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D Boing! Boing! 
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SHADE-LJ Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
Amazing work ! :D
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellentwork by wiwaldi24  
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure by wiwaldi24  
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GBLXVIII Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
Fantastic!!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you, happy to hear you like it! :D
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GBLXVIII Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
Indeed.
Welcome!!!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018   Digital Artist
Hug 
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Khov97 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work my friend~
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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JPMNeg Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018

This would be a perfect cover on an Iron Maiden CD.

Awesome!

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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018   Digital Artist
That was the best compliment ever :D Thank you so much!!! :D Hi! :squee: 
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ClassyBoogeyman Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, this looks amazing :D
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D Sun 
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YOKOKY Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
so beautiful!! Hug 4 by YOKOKY   Fot Free Use Welcome By Yokoky-dc6ezw7 by YOKOKY  
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for you kind words! Huggle! Rose 
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YOKOKY Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
You are most Welcome by JassysART-Stocks   
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AstArte23 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
amazing artwork
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D Love 
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