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Walking with Death by humon Walking with Death by humon

My site humoncomics.com/

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:
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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!)
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ZANiTY-SENPAi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Could you name any of these stories? I'm interested in reading them.
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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.
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variable1 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's so neat :)
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Coty-chan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
I've always thought of Death as a very nice and cheerfull person ouo
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EterGrobie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Wow, grampa's name
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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
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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.
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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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StarTrekQPLZ Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
XD Hehe!
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Lupen666 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really interesting to read about Lore like this when there's normally so much focus on the bombastic exploits of warrior gods and the like, and the visuals make it all the more awesome! :3
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jamaicancrocodile Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Writer
that's so creepy yet not at the same time...
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Duo1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
aww poor guy :)
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Entraya Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so dahm sweet in a fairly weird way, which is after all your specialty
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Dude, seriously, if you kill me, I'm gonna be pissed!"
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ShmoryGilmore Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, sweet and a bit sad, but really sweet! *_*
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GoblinDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Aww! That's actually very sweet. :heart:
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tiljix Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Sounds kind of like the Discworld's Death. Pretty friendly guy, if he takes an interest.
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Shaed-Knightwing Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is really super cute.
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AvaDestria Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is too cute. 
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SmileandMoveOn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How adorable!
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IgnateFlare Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I'm normally bothered by the way death is depicted, I've always though death was certain, but not necessarily evil or cruel. I love the way you illustrated it and this is another reason I like Danish tales!
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Incognito-77 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
aww i never heard of this version b4 but i really like it since ive never thought of death as a bad guy/chick this gives me an idea 4 a random charecter i'm glad you posted this and the pic really does match the story
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countevil123 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014   Digital Artist
i like this its cute and sweet, but i always imagine this conversation happening at some point.
Boy(Tage): Why are you following me!

(creepy look)
death: You'll find out soon enough...
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LDboy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is how I feel about Death when I write about him. But my version is always melancholy since he rarely finds any lasting friends so he always has a sad look upon his face, even when he's happy.
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NdrN Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
:clap:
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phozy76 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
MMhhh...and what happens after DEATH..???
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
:)
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shadowphoenix131 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
that sounds like the show 'dead like me'
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
:clap::clap::clap:
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Damn-It-Sammit Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was wondering why this was on the front page, but then I saw the artist....:iconnotimpressedplz:
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Kinda sad, but I like this. 
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EbonyKain Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Very cute.  Makes me think of Emily Dickinson's poem "Because I could not stop for Death".  Are you familiar with it?
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weird-anime-girl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I've never heard this version of Death before. I think it's really sweet. Kinda' refreshing after all the horror stories of Death that seem to be everywhere else =)
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NinjaGirlKikio Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is very nice

having some sort of company before dying
cause usually many are afraid to die alone

but still i thought the second story was kind of sad since death and that man were walking and death just left him with a sign that this is where and how his life would end <:/
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artsytarts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
It's a very interesting and nice story ^^ Looking at death this way is wonderful.
And I love the illustration you've done. Looks like something straight out of a children's book. :aww:
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sad-roses Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, that reminds me of Death and the Duck, a German animation I saw which is based on a children's book. Very pretty!
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KinaSenpai Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Photographer
cute XD
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Adcro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
One thing I love about you, Humon, is that aside from fabulous art, I actually learn things about folklore and various other things from you :)
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ToriEnglish Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thatīs a cute story ;) 
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Yoseiisindahouse Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(HOLY SHIT, why haven't I've realized it before this D8
I could have made like the best stories ever, omgimsototallygoingtousethis)

I remember a story by H. C. Andersen, I think it's called "A story of a Mother". It's about a mother (of course) that has a child, but the child is very weak, and it seems like it grows weaker every day. One winter night, a stranger in black asks if he can stay for a little at her house, which she allows him to. When he then leaves, she realizes that the child has stopped breathing and that the stranger was Death.

The story doesn't end there, it's pretty long, actually. And very sad. And a reminder why H. C. Andersen is one of the greatest authors Denmark ever had. TT7TT
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Siunra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That would make an AMAZING novel. If you write it, I’ll buy a bunch of copies for my friends and myself :D
Also, Danish national costumes are pretty. OuO
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Kerry-A-Wolfe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Awww. At least he has a friendly face meeting him before her leaves this world
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Andi-the-Duke Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's both creepy and sweet
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AutumnCzun Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those are cute stories. :3 Very positive, I like it.
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
good!
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guardian-fox Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I feel like this illustration works perfectly for a children's storybook. You could probably write it so that it wouldn't be obvious to a child that the second person is Death - but then they realise it when they get older.
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TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's neat to know something like this, since I have some Danish ancestry.  ^_^
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