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Gods on the run by humon Gods on the run by humon
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Random Ęsir god, Vanir goddess, and Jotun. They're not supposed to look like any specific people from the Eddas.

This is not meant to be an illustration of how they are usually portrayed, but simply how they look in my mind after having read about the old Norse religion and the many speculations surrounding it.

The Ęsir represent culture, tamed nature, order, and the male sex. They were at the very top of the godly hierarchy, so I put him in blue which was the color of the rich because it was very expensive to make.

We know very little about the Vanir, but because the only Vanir with any significant roles in the Eddas are fertility gods, they are considered to be connected with fertility. This is why I have started drawing them more or less plump because classic fertility statues are often depicted so.
It used to be a common belief that they represented an older religion, but that has since been dismissed by most experts. Still the idea lingered with me, so I tend to portray them more shamanic looking.

Finally a Jotun. Even though they were the oldest and wisest of the races, they were the lowest in the hierarchy, which is why I have given him clothes with the lightest colors. In Viking culture you could tell a person's place in the social hierarchy by how dark their clothes were, from the rich blue, to the slaves' white.
Jotuns represented chaos, wild nature, magic, and the female sex. Their roles as chaos and femininity gods can be seen by how male Jotuns were able to give birth. The first jotun Ymir gave birth in his sleep, Loki birthed quite a few children (most as a woman, but also as a man), and Odin who was king of the Ęsir but originally a Jotun himself, also birthed children in the form of a woman.
Men who could shapeshift into women was a special Jotun ability.

The rainbow in the background is of course Bifrost, the bridge that connected the worlds.
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Nekoshen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like your designs, especially the jotun one. im reading the edda, too and your designs are perfect for this mystic people
RoseSerpenthelm Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Nyan gods
RebelFrost Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   General Artist
I thought for a moment that the woman in the middle was the Norse goddess, Skades. XD Any chance you could draw her at some point?
Primalis-VII Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there some place I can find all this information about them & the other creatures like the trolls I've been looking at your stuff for awhile & wanna start a story with 'em in my own way?
MoonlightTyger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is really cute :) I really like your art style and how you have depicted everything, all of the symbolism that went into this picture :)

Also some really interesting stuff, especially about the Jotun! I had surmised that shapeshifting and sex-changing were unique to the Jotun (Loki being the most famous, of course), however, I had thought that the giants were also all hermaphrodites; I didn't realize that only the males were able to both sire and give birth. (Is there a book or something you might recommend where I could find these little facts? Google isn't always the most reliable source and Norse mythology is fascinating!)

Anyway, again, awesome picture. The Bifrost in the background was a nice touch, too! :)
Just4Fun02 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Artist
I love your style and I love the time you take in explaining the individuals/creatures that you create. i have always been fascinated by the mythology...I'm a nut :dummy: Kudos ma'am!
Hojimak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Love it!
yokogreyword Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I do so enjoy your style.
lionluver2005 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The middle one looks like you x3
Mysteriumhex Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
*laughs* The Jotun hardly had any connection to femininity. I also think people misinterpret "order" and "chaos" when in truth men are the embodiment of chaos.
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