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Yule by Sarmati Yule by Sarmati
Odin and Yule goat travelling to Midgard for Midvinter celebration. 

I've painted this for a contest on Norse Mythology blog…

Unfortunatelly at some point Photoshop crashed and had overwritten a resized small copy, and that's a bummer. <_<

As to the story behind the image. It's Odin traveling with the Yule goat to Midgard. I captured a moment of rest in the wilderness. The god takes shelter huddled next to the big furry fellow and smokes his pipe. The big log in the fire is not a coincidence. It's also a midwinter tradition. It used to be a log with runes carved into it, now it's a cake or a big piece of ham. I imagined that Odin weaves magic over the log. 
As the two main heroes rest the fire lured in some dwarves or Icelanding stone fellows (Huldufolk) to see what is the leader of Aesir up to, and maybe steal some food or a little trinket

I thought of including also the myth of Krampus, but in the end I decided it would be a little bit too much.

Well have a nice Midwinter folks. 
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rajasegar Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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Sarmati Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oh, thank you : )
Gorgeous !! :)
Little-Red-Boots Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful.
Minda-Mouse Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool :D Thanks for the little story about Yule too, I don't know anything about it but it seems so cool, you definitely captured the feeling here, it's so nice :D

kenyart Dec 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats are well in order for this piece Kamil. Well done. A series of Midvinter cards for next year should be the plan. Merry Christmas and again well one. Ken
Sarmati Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot : ) this sounds like a plan.
Saw this on the Norse Myth blog and absolutely loved it right away.
Great job, and congrats for winning the contest! You certainly deserve it.
Sarmati Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks : )
oh I adore this, I wish it was available in a card size in the shop. ^_^ I'm always on the look out for next year's Yule cards.
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