Þrymr (Thrymr, Thrym; "uproar") was king of the jotnar. In one legend, he stole Mjollnir, Thor's hammer, to extort the gods into giving him Freyja as his wife. His kingdom was called Jötunheimr, but according to Hversu Noregr byggdist, it was the Swedish province Värmland, then a part of Norway. Þrymr was foiled in his scheme by the gracefulness of Heimdall, the cunning of Loki, and the sheer violence of Thor. Thor, son of Odin, later killed Thrym, his sister, and all of his jotnar kin, which had been present at the wedding reception. The poem Þrymskviða gives the details of how Thor got his hammer back. Artwork for Gulveig: Fate of the Norns.
Fárbauti (Old Norse: "cruel striker") is the jötunn husband of Laufey or Nál and the father of Loki, and possibly also of Helblindi and Byleistr. Fárbauti's name and character are thought to have been inspired by the observation of the natural phenomena surrounding the appearance of wildfire. Artwork for Gulveig: Fate of the Norns.
In Norse mythology, Bergelmir (Old Norse "Mountain Yeller" or "Bear Yeller") is a frost giant, the son of giant Þrúðgelmir and the grandson of Ymir (who was called Aurgelmir among giants), the first frost giant, according to stanza 29 of the poem Vafthrudnismal from the Poetic Edda: "Uncountable winters before the earth was made, then Bergelmir was born, Thrudgelmir was his father, and Aurgelmir his grandfather." — Larrington trans. According to the Gylfaginning section of the Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, Bergelmir and his wife alone among the giants were the only survivors of the enormous deluge of blood which flowed from Ymir's wounds when he was killed by Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve. They escaped the sanguinary flood by climbing onto an object and subsequently became the progenitors of a new race of frost giants.
Ægir (Old Norse "sea") is a sea giant, god of the ocean and king of the sea creatures in Norse mythology. He is also known for hosting elaborate parties for the gods. Artowork for Gulveig: Fate of the Norns.
"As angry as he was, his father could not help but laugh. “You’re not my son,” he told Bran when they fetched him down, “you’re a squirrel. So be it. If you must climb, then climb, but try not to let your mother see you.” Bran did his best, although he did not think he ever really fooled her. Since his father would not forbid it, she turned to others. Old Nan told him a story about a bad little boy who climbed too high and was struck down by lightning, and how afterward the crows came to peck out his eyes. Bran was not impressed. There were crows’ nests atop the broken tower, where no one ever went but him, and sometimes he filled his pockets with corn before he climbed up there and the crows ate it right out of his hand. None of them had ever shown the slightest bit of interest in pecking out his eyes."
A quick doodle about my favourite character from A song of Ice and Fire. Watercolour and PS.
Baldr, the White god, son of Frigg and Odin. "The second son of Odin is Baldur, and good things are to be said of him. He is best, and all praise him; he is so fair of feature, and so bright, that light shines from him. A certain herb is so white that it is likened to Baldr's brow; of all grasses it is whitest, and by it thou mayest judge his fairness, both in hair and in body. He is the wisest of the Æsir, and the fairest-spoken and most gracious; and that quality attends him, that none may gainsay his judgments. He dwells in the place called Breidablik, which is in heaven; in that place may nothing unclean be." Gylfaginning, Prose Edda.
Norse goddess Nanna, mother of Forseti, god of justice and reconciliation, and wife of Baldr. After Baldr's death she dies of grief, and her body is placed on Baldr's ship with his corpse and the two are set aflame and pushed out to sea.
Thor, Norse god of thunder, son of Odin and Jord. He had a famous weapon, his hammer, named Mjolnir, a belt of strength, named Megingjardir, and a goat-driven chariot that created the noise of the thunder when rolling across the sky
Laufey or Nál is a figure from Norse mythology, the mother of Loki and consort of Farbauti. Eddic poetry refers to Loki by the matronym Loki Laufeyjarson. Nál means "needle"; according to Sörla þáttr, Laufey was also called this because she was "both slender and weak." The meaning of Laufey is less clear but is generally taken to be "full of leaves"; as Fárbauti means "dangerous hitter," there is a possible nature mythological interpretation with lightning hitting the leaves or needles of a tree to give rise to fire.
artwork for Fate of the Norns new game. Watercolour. "Who was Gulveig? This enigmatic goddess was the Vanir's secret weapon in the war with the Aesir gods. Her ability to intensify greed and despair allowed her to single-handedly bring the war to a crippling end. Hey magic drove the Aesir to bicker and fight with one another- to the cusp of civil war. Odin, in his infinite wisdom knew what had to be done. It is said that Odin's spear, the legendary Gungnir normally strikes foes dead on the initial blow... but in Gulveig's case it took three mighty and desperate blows to drive the life out of her body. Even then, fearing her regenerative powers, the Aesir gods created a molten pyre and burned her. Alas the inferno consumed her body, but failed to destroy her heart. And for some inexplicable reason, the trickster god Loki was drawn to it. Rooting through the ashes, he found her black heart and ate it. Loki's most heinous deeds would follow this calamitous event. Archaic fables speak that Gulveg will rise anew when a perfect storm of intense emotion beckons her back from beyond the veil!"
In Norse mythology, Njörðr is one of the principal gods of the Vanir tribe of deities, father of Freyr and Freya. He’s associated with sea, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth, and crop fertility, and his abode is Nóatún.
Let's end this year with a lovely news! (: My story is finally printed! If you're into mythology and folklore you might like it: The "Agana" (also called Anguana) is a mythological creature similar to the roman/greek nymph, that appears often in the oral tradition of alpine folklore. Available on Etsy.
Il 4 gennaio 2014, alle 15.00, sarà inaugurata la mostra dei miei lavori in Piazza Roma a Montereale Valcellina (PN), nello spazio espositivo L'Arco delle Donne (numero civico 6), siete tutti invitati a partecipare! La mostra durerà fino al 1 febbraio e sarà visitabile ogni venerdì mattina (dalle 9.30 alle 11.30) e sabato pomeriggio (dalle16.30 alle 18.30), ed eccezionalmente a richiesta (se mi trovate libera!). _________________________________ January 4th, h 15.00, opening. The exhibition will last from January 4th until February 1st.
I hardly ever share these photos here, on my blog, while I put them on my facebook official page instead, so I thought it would be a good idea to make a post about lovely things in the last few months (: I've been to an awesome festival, called Trezzo Folk and Fantasy, near Milan. Lots of trees, old medieval ruins and friendly people with mead!
My work has been published in a few megazines: The Celtic Connection, a Vancouver based newspaper, and Circle Magazine.
Many people, with great surprise, asked me if they could tattoo on themselves Yoni. One of the most gratifying feelings is seeing that someone loved your art so much and tattooed it on themselves! (Photo by Digitalia Shy on DA). Aaaand I hit 1000 followers of Facebook, you guys are so amazing!