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celtic knotwork - Yggdrasil by vesner celtic knotwork - Yggdrasil by vesner

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Poetry to design.

A piece commissioned by WanderingPariah.
The tattoo is based on on Grímnismál - one of the poems from Poetic Edda, which together with Prose Edda are the most important sources of our knowledge about Norse mythology and Germanic legends.

If you have any problems with identifying the symbols:
  • Yggdrasil - "noblest of trees" - a immense holy ash tree that connects all the nine worlds of the Norse mythology.
  • Huginn and Muninn - in old norse "thought" and "memory". Two ravens flying around the world and bringing news to their master Odin.
  • Dáinn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr and Duraþrór - four stags (or harts) living in the treetop of Yggdrasil and gnawing on its branches. Their symbolic meaning is still unknown due to trouble with translating the original source but it's said they might be connected with the four elements, the four seasons or the phases of the moon.
  • Eagle and hawk Veðrfölnir - in the poem, the hawk is sitting between the eyes of the eagle. The two are an inseparable pair where hawk represents the power and eagle the wisdom.
  • Ratatosk - a squirrel messenger that runs up and down Yggdrasil to tell slanderous gossip and envious words, provoking the eagle and Nidhogg.
  • Hati and Sköll - sons of Fenrir Hróðvitnir. The two chase respectively chariots containing the sun and the moon. At Ragnarök, both Sköll and Hati will succeed in their quests catching and devouring them.
  • Fenrir - a monstrous wolf, one of the children of the giant Loki, foretold to kill the god Odin during the Ragnarök. Till then he's bound with a mythical rope Gleipnir on a an island Lyngvi (a place overgrown with heather).
  • Gleipnir - a rope or a chain created by dwarves for the very purpose of capturing Fenrir. It was made of the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, the sinews of a bear, the breath of a fish and the spittle of a bird.
  • Níðhöggr - a serpent, wyrm, dragon that lives under the Yggdrasil and gnaws on its roots.
  • Mjǫlnir - in this tattoo hidden in the general shape of the design - hammer of the thunder god Thor. The most powerful weapon in the world capable of leveling mountains.


Hope you like it!:meow:

The center of the design based on Exileden's lines in Ragnarok I

Back stock photo by 3dTomas
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Given 2011-06-16
celtic knotwork - Yggdrasil by =tanathe. The suggester says, "This is beyond incredible. The amount of detail and meaning put this design on a level of its own. The shape and placing on the back stock is wonderful and really helps you realize the enormity of skill that went into this. The eye never gets bored looking at this and each time sees something new. A rare gem and absolutely fantastic!" ( Suggested by RekaCryistall and Featured by BurgerBunny )
zedrick1313 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
been trying to buy this for over 3 years. whats the deal?
Fenriryshka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Здравствуйте! How much would cost this picture? How can I buy it? Your link doesn't work.
SuccubusLust Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
thats an amazing but of work
ramon1965 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I love that tattoo you can send me mail I like a lot for a tattoo thanks
RuggerBoi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
WOW! I've been contemplating something like this, but haven't found anything that I really liked until I stumbled across this... 
Virllanda Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
 Oh my god... Absolutely stunning *-*
A-Loveless-Midnight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist
This is terrific. I wonder what you could do with other poems?
Phillip64 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful, so much detail and creativity. The lines are so crisp and your eyes are immediately drawn into the path of the knots. Very well done, thank you for sharing your work here. Simply amazing.
midnight-nightengale Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
best depiction of yggdrasil ever I loves you. 
MissMunin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Ermeth Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
In ancient times...
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people... the Druids

No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock... Of Stonehenge

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man's a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan


Stonehenge! 'Tis a magic place
Where the moon doth rise with a dragon's face
Stonehenge! Where the virgins lie
And the prayers of devils fill the midnight sky

And you my love, won't you take my hand?
We'll go back in time to that mystic land
Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow
I will take you there, I will show you how


And oh how they danced
The little children of Stonehenge
Beneath the haunted moon
For fear that daybreak might come too soon 

And where are they now?
The little children of Stonehenge 
And what would they say to us?
If we were here... tonight
DPAK0N-CAH Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Wow! Now I understand what I will do as soon put the Poser 8! This tatushku on a fresh carcase!
Justice76 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Jeg er Norsk. Jeg elsker det.
Very nice work . I need to get my back done. I'd love to have that or one as nice made for me :) Let me know if that's possible ?
pixiequeen28 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Getting that tattoo must have taken WEEKS. And been painful as all get out!

It is beautiful!
nilsodinson Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite amazing
PelcR9 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
What do I have to do to get permission to have this as a tattoo? Anyone know where I can find more awesome Norse Mythology artwork?
Sunset-Flame Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On here there is a lot. I found this by typing in Yggdrasil.
For tattoos specifically? I'm not sure. I have found a few really cool ones on here but I'm sure a simple Google search for Norse Tattoo Art would get you what you are looking for.
Bjonnir Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is by far one of the most amazing pieces of artwork i've ever seen.
Wolvengra Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sensational and VERY beautiful.
rumblehelen Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
wow. speachless. awesome... as a viking re-enactor....says everything so profoundly and so simply.
Grarryone Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
This is by far the most spiritual tattoo I have EVER seen. And this ia also by far my favourite. AMAZING JOB!
ViPer2D Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Holy cow! That's the greatest celtic (viking) tattoo I've ever seen!
Wergeld Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
the best tattoo I've seen on deviant art!
FenixPortoPontes Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Please could you release just the image in some time in the future ?
babbayanna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I would get this, and I usually hate tattoos.
It's fabulous.
as a canvas I like how its fitted to him instead of just using him as a canvas and its just lovely and incredibly graceful.
TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The world tree is the spine of the universe.

Funny that you should mix Celtic knotwork with Scandinavian myth.
ShadaePrajschet Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
thats the most amazing tattoo i've ever seen.
if its okay with you, i would like your permission to have it tattooed on my back, of course i would also tattoo the copyright beneath it.
pretty please.^^
L-S-P Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Damm That is one cool tattoo.
ClockworkFoxGadgets Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is absolutely amazing.
fierylioness Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh this is incredible. There are no words for how much I love this... :faint:
Whydowedream Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That, is absolutely sick. i want that on badly. the only thing that would make this more fucking insane is if you had a valknut hidden in there somewhere. like behind the deer or fenris
katsmaru Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist
I want this...
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
blackdragonflower Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
What a beautiful tattoo! Your taste and the artist's skill is fantastic. I hope you enjoy your tattoo for many many years to come!
Viqueen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so awesome
DrottningFrey Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would die for a tattoo like this! Perfect!
c-c-c-combo-breaker Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
....Oh my god. This is the most stunning, representing and beautiful piece of body art that I have ever laid my eyes upon.. So meaningful and beautiful. I could just look at it for hours.
deepthINKR Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
wonderful design!
opustheduck Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
is it possible you could send me just the image without the text? I'm seriously considering having this done on my back.
RayneWolfspeaker Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah, I would love having something like this on my body, but it would take forever and hurt WAY too much. My skin hurts just thinking about it......
opustheduck Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is beautiful.
kletianfrannanburg Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow impressive!!!
ThunderKunst Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
wow this is beautiful
Axel1900 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
this so amazing.
Tanith87 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Frobenius Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is truly an amazing tattoo! And lets face it, a bit more original than just looking through the standards in the catalogue. :) Fantastic!
Schulzii Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Of anyone has a sketch design or a good image of hel could you possibly send it to me finding it hard to depict how she would look. appreciate it
SortenUld Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is said, that she has a very beautiful face.
Half skeleton, half "living".
Some say she is split vertical, one side living tissue, the other, skeleton.
Others that it's from the pelvis and down she is all bones.
Schulzii Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Pitty you couldnt illustrate 'hel' in this design would be complete then.
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