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The Ancient Race by humon The Ancient Race by humon
A rather quick drawing I did this morning of a troll and a jötunn.

Jötunns are usually translated to “giants” in English, but that wouldn’t be completely true. They were often huge, but could also be the same size as humans or smaller.
They were a race even older than the gods, and possessed great wisdom and knowledge. So much in fact, that the gods often went to them to learn new magic.

But they were also the “bad guys” of the old religion, though not to be compared with devils. A few of them helped the gods, and the trickster god Loki was a Jötunn himself (or at least part Jötunn).

But most of the time they symbolised chaos, darkness, death and the uncontrollable nature, and they had a reputation for eating humans.

When the Nordic countries were Christianised, the old gods and jötunns had to go. With the jötunns out of the way, the trolls took their place, which is especially evident in Norway where trolls are still huge man-eaters. Troll were around in the old religion, but they mainly served as hunting prey for the thunder god, Thor.

They were however said to be of the Jötunn family, so here a troll is meeting one from the “ancient race”.
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acne27 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Awsome, I'd kinda like to see a full body drawing of the Jötunn [clothing, limbs, a tail if any and so on].
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SolitaireMarauder Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
"They had to go"? really? outside scandinavia, many people speaks how some danish, norwegian and swedden still follow, or has returned to, the old gods....is this more myth than reality?
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xXViviChanXx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I have a question - most people in my class talk about Jötunn as 'only frost giants' but as much as I remember, when I was little and read some norse stories, Loki was related with fire and was born when his mother Laufey (Am I right that Laufey was female? I think that new Marvel-Movie messed up my head xD) was hit by a lightning. And he has two daughters and one is...I don't know an ash-giantess? ...Okay well, before I drift away...the main question is - the Jötunns weren't only frost giants, or were they D: ? and sorry for my bad english.
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MorphoAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I imagine the Jotunn saying "Hehehe, hey, hey guys, come check out this tiny troll they tried to replace us with!"
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Love-begits-love Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Your Trolls always look so cute, I'm obsessed with them now.
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
And also, Everyone!

A big rock, just off the coast of sweden can be seen, that once were a great troll on his way home with his boat, he just didnt get home before the sunlight stroke.
(If i remember right, its to the west coast of sweden)
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Once upon a time, When Odin was still young, he met a Jotunn named Loke, they became good friends, and one day loke told him that they should be blood brothers, and then bound forever, what happend afterwards is not entirely clear (as i cant remember xD)

But that bond is the ONLY reason Loke can enter Asgård.

What i am more wondering about, is that Loke is the father of Hel, the "Godess" of the underworld.

And to Clarify.
Hel is the name of Both! the godess of the underworld, and the underworld itself,
through the underworld is known as "Hel" or "Helheim". (pratically the same name for the place)

Gosh i love Nordic Myth <3
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nadgamgee Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
He was a smart guy, knew what connections to make :)
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Technically, the good old Asgard (yeah fuck that stupid Asguardian name shit the movie "Thor" came up with)
aka. the good old god, Odin, the first Asgard, he was Technically a Jötunn, and when the sacred cow (cant remember her name) began to give birth to "other creatures" (aka, the Jötunns) he killed the cow, so no more "Evil spawn" would come of it.

You can "kind of" say that, the Asgards are more or less, Jötunn's who are so hard to kill (for real) so theya re more ro less like gods, but they are also devoted to no unfairness, and no evil. (yeah a man having a personal reason to kill another is not really considered evil, mostly depends on whos the victor ^^)
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nadgamgee Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Dunno how she sounds in original, in my l-ge the cow is pronounced Audumla

I also thought that since Buri Odin's grandpa appeared from the piece of ice in Niflheim, and Bestla was also a Jotunn, then Aesir are technically Jotnar too

btw, I believe Jotnar were not birthed by the cow, Ymir came to exist due to the venom that dropped from Élivágar in Ginnungagap
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ThickBlackBlood Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like he's saying: "Hey Frank, look what I have.?"
Heheh... ^^ Awesome draw.!
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Ninarry Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I am so not used to reading about the old religion in English XD It wasn't until you mentioned Loki that I knew that your were talking about Jætter XD
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Everron Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. Realy. How are birth Troll in legend ? The birth like duergard, from worm of body of Ymir ?
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lotus-genie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Trolls/Jotunns sprang from Ymir's toes crevices and armpits as he slept one day. Dwarves evolved from the maggots that had settled on Ymir's body before it got made into the nine worlds. Elves were made by the Gods from fire and light. The three races never got along, not even in the times of myth.
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Everron Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, so their is no diference betwin troll and jotan?
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lotus-genie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Not much. Jotunn are the more ancient forms of troll, though. If you applied science to it, you could call it a form of evolution as the Jotunn came to cope with the gradual change in Scandinavian beliefs and society.
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Everron Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hooooo, oki^^. This is good to know this^^. Yes, after viking part of scandinavian story, jotun evolve in troll with the arriving of christian church...Thanks a lot this holy and precious informations^^
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
And, by the way! Humon!
A little thing you might look up!
Loke (or loki as you know him in english)
Actualy was a jætte (Jôtunn) that is true, but did you remember that he is blood brother with Odin? :P
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Jazy2kool Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i thought loki was either an Ice giant or is Jötunn the same thing? :p
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humon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
They're the same thing. I just hate the english word Ice giant because a lot of them were the same size as humans or smaller. X)
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Jazy2kool Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
lol i see xD thanks :D
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
If you think of the movie "Thor" then it is wrong in quite a lot of places xD
And i still say! it is not "entirely known! but all stories says that thors hair was BLACK! XD"
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student General Artist
I've never read any story saying his hair was black, always 'flaming red'.
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
flaming red?
go read the old scripts (in the original language ^^)
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ulriksen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just saw the moive valhalla a couple of days ago. haven't seen in years since i was a child. but i have to say. that movie rocks. and i just love where thor and the others visit the jötunn.
or "jætter" as we as in danish.
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Fuiron Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Oh, boy! I loved hearing about those things! The Norse myths were VERY interesting!
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SwiftrunnerXXY Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Played a game called Heroscape a while back... one of the figures was a massive humanoid called Jotun. Pretty obvious now where they got the name.
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JillianNC Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Interesting. We have a Cherokee legend here in North Carolina concerning a giant being that left carvings and the imprint of his hand on a large slab of rock. It's called Jutaculla rock. "Jutaculla", "Jotunn"...strangely similar.
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kibahina4ever14523 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Loki got Balder killed and I'm pissed about that.
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Balder never died, thats just the movie "thor" thats all wrong ^^
There is currently only 1 god whos in the realm of the dead, and that is (i think, if i remember right) Tyr.
Tyr.. such a beautiful male! :P (thats what the scripts says xD)
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DarknessRose1993 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010   Artist
:D NORSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE <3
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Nicky-the-dragoness Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jötunns..looooooooooooooong time ago i've heard that race.
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TheDratex Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Jotunns tended often to get wierd children too! Loki/Loke for example; Hel, Fenris, Jormundgand and (the worlds first Mpreg :D)
Sleipnir^^
He had two 'normal' sons too, but one of them turned into a wolf and killed his brother...
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RedHeadQueen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaw, what a cute troll :D I guess "Loki" is the same as "Loke" in Norwegian?
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Loke = his real name in both danish and Norwegian ^^
Loki = english (& maybe swedish, not entirely sure on that one.)
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RedHeadQueen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, okay, thanks~
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BloodyThornes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Now I thought Jotun was for giant but also double for troll or was troll. I thought trolls, or jotuns as I thought, lived on Jotunheim and met witht he Norns.
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Alakki Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Ice giants and trolls and such kind you find, are all Jötunn ^^
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cdmb Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
nice i like this history lesson the most
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BFire92 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
those bad-ass jotuns... And screw Loke! Always playing bouth sides and pretending to be nice! He send poor Balder to Hel! And he killed Heimdal!

Your trolls are so cute!!!
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lisedengrumme Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
The "official" English translation for "jaetter" (sorry, on a German keyboard so no Danish letters) is "ettins" (one ettin, two ettins). At least, that´s the one I keep seeing.
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JadeCatKunoichi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Loki gives Jötunns bad reputations. He ruined a lot of stuff. x(

That aside, I'm secretly fond of Jötunns. :)
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HUAdelis Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Why..........does this somehow remind me of the Alchemyst series? o.o"

Love their faces. (*lemme eat ju head* lol)
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Maragol Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
When i was a kid i allways rooted for the Jötunns (Giants/Jättar whatever you wanna call them) in the old stories.
I allways loved the evil guys in the stories. They where allways out for something that they could not get (like mjölner/Thors hammer).
I i could relate to them i guess XD
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Yobi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome coloring! : D
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waxburden Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Very cool! The troll looks a little unsure about this situation X3

I guess this is where Square-Enix got the idea for the Jotunn Hallkeepers in the FFXI game. There's a big tower full of giants, and at the top there's a different kind which is higher level and blue, called Jotunn Hallkeepers and Gatekeepers. :O It's a different sort of race in the game of course, but still interesting.
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sarani-chan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
so pretty:iconiloveitplz:
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orange-i-wont-wear Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
I love the jötunn in this picture. Don't even know why, I just think it's great.
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MrCameleont Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
That fellow sure has got some scars...

I assume that they came from fights with gods?
Or, seeing how radically different their behavior could be when you compare them, could they have some inner altercations?
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Miniar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
Loki wasn't "bad" he was just an immoral, sociopathic, practical joker.
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