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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].
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 this more myth than reality?
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.
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!"
Love-begits-love Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Your Trolls always look so cute, I'm obsessed with them now.
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)
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
nadgamgee Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
He was a smart guy, knew what connections to make :)
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 ^^)
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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