Naglfar, the nordic ship of the dead - the story to it is quite interesting and you can find a lot about it on the internet.
This was part of my intermediate examintation in March, 2014 and was done in Photoshop (A2).
In the norse mythology the ship is supposed to be made entirely out of finger- and toenails of the deceased. That is why there was the old custom of cutting the nails from the dead, so they could not be used to finish the ship and Ragnarok would not come that soon.
The head of the ship is suposed to picture Hræsvelgr, a giant with the figure of an huge eagle. In old norse his name means “Corpse Swallower”. When he uses his wings, he creates the wind that blows over the lands. I kind of imagined his body to be the ship (the swallowed and trapped corpses trying to free themselfs) and his wings to be the sails.
Although corpses, bones and kind of root-snake-things are displayed, I still imagine it being made of toenails. I think about it a bit like a makabre skulpture.—One funny fact about this picture: One of the friendly undead in this ship just always makes me think of The Cat from Kiss. I mean, this is a serious ship of the dead that is part of Ragnarök, and all I see is funny painted men with whiskers.
Notable locations in Greek mythology
We are The Muses. Goddesses of the Arts and proclaimers of heroes.
Calliope, Clio, Terpsichore, Melpomene, Thalia
Apollo and Daphne
Jakob Auer (ca. 1645 - 1706)
Vienna, before 1688
In his Metamorphoses, Ovid tells of the nymph Daphne, who eluded the desires of the sun god Apollo by turning herself into a laurel tree (Greek daphne, laurel).
The two-figure group depicts the beginning of this transformation. In travel reports from the Baroque period, this virtuoso piece of carving was already considered a major work of the Viennese imperial treasury.
And since hieroglyphs can be written both left to right or right to left, definitely handy.
(haha, that absolutely doesn’t say “The More You Know”; the best I could manage was “YOU KNOW MANY THINGS”, and I’m sure my grammar is atrocious X’D)
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Ragnarök artwork by evelmiina featuring Fenrisulfr, Hati and Sköll.
'Their mother is evil,' said Urd.
'But their father is worse,' Verdandi said.
'Expect nothing from them but the worst,' said Skuld. 'Expect them to harm and endanger you. They will be in after the kill.'
And so the gods agreed that Loki’s children must be captured. At Odin’s behest, a group of gods crossed into Jotunheim by night; they burst into Angrboda’s hall and gagged and bound her before she had even rubbed her eyes; they kidnapped her children and carried them back to Asgard.
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