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Walking with Death by humon Walking with Death by humon

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Somewhat surprisingly, in old Danish stories Death is actually pretty nice (when it's not a headless horse). The stories tend to be about a man or woman walking to somewhere when suddenly a stranger shows up. They're friendly and chatty and keep the person company until they encounter something or get to the destination and suddenly the stranger looks like a corpse and the person realize it was Death all along.

One such story is about a man who meets another man and they walk together. They see a group of men on the road so the man turns to the stranger because he's worried and the stranger looks at him with "a death face" and disappears. The group of men turns out to be a gang of robbers and kills the man.

In this case I like to think it's a sad/cute story about the man Tage who has an illness and is kept company by a friendly Death trying to make him less afraid.

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Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, fascinating as usual. Now I've got this bittersweet image in my head of Death-in-disguise keeping some poor guy or gal company at a tavern because it knows when the person heads for home they'll be trampled by a horse cart or fall from a steep road (or something equally tragic in its randomness). :cry:
Lara--Chan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
I really love your posts a lot! Especially because of the information you give! (And of course your great artwork!)
ZANiTY-SENPAi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Could you name any of these stories? I'm interested in reading them.
kittykatrocks21 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thats So Sweet. I see death as a person with eternal greaf. They are always seen crying. The for is always different.
variable1 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's so neat :)
Coty-chan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
I've always thought of Death as a very nice and cheerfull person ouo
EterGrobie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Wow, grampa's name
bbb35 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
CooL!! :iconilavplz: Love your drawing of old Danish, Cletic, or Norse folktales and myths. It really re-inspires my love of these tales and characters :D
fIOMERA Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ive always beleve the death himself wasnt as grim as people beleve. I always saw Death as a nice, caring and humoristicall being.
Taschasan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interestingly, I've read many stories where the "companion" is someone who died but can't move on to the next world or was a friend who wanted to keep a certain promise or protect them.
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