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The Almighty: Norse by Galactic-Travailler The Almighty: Norse by Galactic-Travailler
Well, it is about time, wouldn't you agree? Tektek as finally started to work for me and I have begun creating again I have a lot of catch up to do. So I decided first and foremost I would finish my The Almighty: Norse series as I have been promising it for ages. So here it is in all it's Germanic glory. Enjoy, and please comment if you favorite I love to hear any feedback you might have, or possible ideas for me? Please I ask you reframe from posting, "Why didn't you add?" or "You left out "Blank'?" I cannot add ever single god, deity or divinity to the series.

I have staged it so the three major Norse gods are first, Odin, Thor and his adoptive brother, the trickster Loki. Odin, the all father. Semi-Blind god of Wisdom. Ruler of Asgard. Homologous with the Anglo-Saxon "Wōden" and the Old High German "Wotan", the name is descended from Proto-Germanic "*Wodanaz" or "*Wōđanaz". Odin is a principal member of the Æsir (the major group of the Norse pantheon) and is associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is Thor. Odin and his brothers, Vili and Ve, are attributed with slaying Ymir, the Ancient Giant, to form Midgard. His consort is Frigg. Gungnir is the spear of the god Odin. Odin had three residences in Asgard. First was Gladsheim, a vast hall where he presided over the twelve Diar or Judges, whom he had appointed to regulate the affairs of Asgard. Second, Valaskjálf, built of solid silver, in which there was an elevated place, Hlidskjalf, from his throne on which he could perceive all that passed throughout the whole earth. Third was Valhalla (the hall of the fallen), where Odin received the souls of the warriors killed in battle, called the Einherjar. The souls of women warriors, and those strong and beautiful women whom Odin favored, became Valkyries, who gather the souls of warriors fallen in battle (the Einherjar), as these would be needed to fight for him in the battle of Ragnarök. They took the souls of the warriors to Valhalla. Valhalla has five hundred and forty gates, and a vast hall of gold, hung around with golden shields, and spears and coats of mail.

The Mighty Thor, and no not from Marvel Comics(was it Marvel? whatever), Thor god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, destruction, fertility, healing, and the protection of mankind. However most widely known as the God of Thunder. Generally described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded. Thor is frequently referred to in place names, the day of the week Thursday ("Thor's day") bears his name, and names stemming from the pagan period containing his own continue to be used today. Thor wields a great weapon, a hammer named Mjölnir, capable of leveling mountains. It would also return to him if thrown.

Loki is a god or jötunn, most often associated with mischief. Loki is the father of Hel, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr. Loki gave birth—in the form of a mare—to the eight-legged horse Sleipnir. Sleipnir is Odin's steed. Loki is a shape shifter and uses this power to both help and hinder the gods. Loki's positive relations with the gods ends with his role in engineering the death of the god Baldr. Loki is eventually bound by the gods with the entrails of one of his sons. A serpent drips venom from above him that his wife Sigyn collects into a bowl. However, Sigyn must empty the bowl when it is full, and the venom that drips in the mean time causes Loki to writhe in pain, thereby causing earthquakes. With the onset of Ragnarök, Loki is foretold to slip free from his bonds and to fight against the gods among the forces of the jötnar, at which time he will encounter the god Heimdallr and the two will slay each other.

Frigg the goddess of motherhood and marriage. She is the wife of Odin, and is the "foremost among the goddesses" and the queen of Asgard. She is described as having the power of prophecy yet she does not reveal what she knows. Frigg is described as the only one other than Odin who is permitted to sit on his high seat Hlidskjalf and look out over the universe. The reason for the clouds in the picture is from the inspiration I drew from seeing "Frigg spinning the clouds", by J C Dollman.

Baldr is the god of Beauty. Baldr is killed by his brother, the blind god Höðr(ften anglicized as Hod, Hoder, or Hodur). According to the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda the goddess Frigg made everything in existence swear never to harm Baldr, except for the mistletoe which she found too young to demand an oath from. The gods amused themselves by trying weapons on Baldr and seeing them fail to do any harm. Loki, upon finding out about Baldr's one weakness, made a missile from mistletoe, and helped Höðr shoot it at Baldr. After this Odin and the giantess Rindr gave birth to Váli who grew to adulthood within a day and slew Höðr. His death is seen as the first in the chain of events which will ultimately lead to the destruction of the gods at Ragnarök. Baldr will be reborn in the new world, according to Völuspá.

Hel, is a both a being and a place. In the Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Heimskringla, Hel is referred to as a daughter of Loki, and to "go to Hel" is to die. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Hel is described as having been appointed by the god Odin as ruler of a realm of the same name, located in Niflheim. In the same source, her appearance is described as half-black and half-flesh colored, and as further having a gloomy, down-cast appearance. The Prose Edda details that Hel rules over vast mansions, her servants in her underworld realm, and as playing a key role in the attempted resurrection of the god Baldr. High details that in this realm Hel has "great Mansions" with extremely high walls and immense gates, a hall called Éljúðnir, a dish called "Hunger," a knife called "Famine," the servant Ganglati (Old Norse "lazy walker"), the serving-maid Ganglöt (also "lazy walker"), the entrance threshold "Stumbling-block," the bed "Sick-bed," and the curtains "Gleaming-bale. Hel rules over the dishonored dead, those who died of sickness or old age. Niflheim or Helheim would be the equivalent of Hell or other damnable underworld opposite of Valhalla which would be like heaven or paradise.

Freyja is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr(or Seid, an Old Norse term for a type of sorcery or witchcraft), war, and death. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot driven by two cats, owns the boar Hildisvíni, possesses a cloak of falcon feathers, and, by her husband Óðr, is the mother of two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi. Along with her brother Freyr (Old Norse the "Lord"), her father Njörðr, and her mother (Njörðr's sister, unnamed in sources), she is a member of the Vanir. Freyja and her afterlife field Fólkvangr, where she receives half of the slain, has been theorized as connected to the Valkyries.

Freyr is one of the most important gods of Norse paganism. Freyr was highly associated with farming, weather and, as a phallic fertility god, Freyr "bestows peace and pleasure on mortals". In the Icelandic books the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Freyr is presented as one of the Vanir, the son of the sea god Njörðr, brother of the goddess Freyja. The gods gave him Álfheimr, the realm of the Elves, as a teething present. He rides the shining dwarf-made boar Gullinbursti and possesses the ship Skíðblaðnir which always has a favorable breeze and can be folded together and carried in a pouch when it is not being used. He has the servants Skírnir, Byggvir, and Beyla. The most extensive surviving Freyr myth relates Freyr's falling in love with the female jötunn Gerðr. Eventually, she becomes his wife but first Freyr has to give away his magic sword which fights on its own "if wise be he who wields it". Although deprived of this weapon, Freyr defeats the jötunn Beli with an antler. However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jötunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarök.

Njörðr is a god among the Vanir. Njörðr is father of the deities Freyr and Freyja by his unnamed Van sister. He had an ill-fated marriage with the goddess Skaði. He lives in Nóatún and is associated with sea, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth, and crop fertility.

Skaði is a jötunn or giant and goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains. Skaði so feared by the gods, they atonned for their killing of her father Þjazi that Skaði married the god Njörðr. She could only chose a husband by the seeing the soles of their feet, hoping for Baldr but instead get's Njörðr. Loki was giving the task of making the giantess laugh, which was thought impossible. Odin took Þjazi's eyes, lunged them into the sky, and from the eyes made two stars. In Heimskringla, Skaði is described as having split up with Njörðr and as later having married the god Odin, and that the two produced many children together. In both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Skaði is responsible for placing the serpent that drips venom onto the bound Loki

Tyr is the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory, portrayed as a one-handed man. According to the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, at one stage the gods decided to shackle the Fenris wolf (Fenrir), but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarves make them a magical ribbon called Gleipnir. It appeared to be only a silken ribbon but was made of six wondrous ingredients: the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, bear's sinews (meaning nerves, sensibility), fish's breath and bird's spittle. The creation of Gleipnir is said to be the reason why none of the above exist. Fenrir sensed the gods' deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolf's mouth. Tyr, known for his great wisdom and courage, agreed, and the other gods bound the wolf. After Fenrir had been bound by the gods, he struggled to try and break the rope. When the gods saw that Fenrir was bound they all rejoiced, except Tyr, who had his right hand bitten off by the wolf. Fenrir will remain bound until the day of Ragnarök. As a result of this deed, Tyr is called the "Leavings of the Wolf"; which is to be understood as a poetic kenning for glory. According to the Prose version of Ragnarok, Tyr is destined to kill and be killed by Garm, the guard dog of Hel. However, in the two poetic versions of Ragnarok, he goes unmentioned; unless one believes that he is the "Mighty One".

Bragi is the skaldic god of poetry. Yeah that is about it, there is several myths with him in it but nothing really stands out that I could find :(

Heimdallr is a god who possesses the resounding horn Gjallarhorn, owns the golden-maned horse Gulltoppr, has gold teeth, and is the son of Nine Mothers. Heimdallr is attested as possessing foreknowledge, keen eyesight and hearing, is described as "the whitest of the gods", and keeps watch for the onset of Ragnarök while drinking fine mead in his dwelling Himinbjörg, located where the burning rainbow bridge Bifröst meets heaven. Heimdallr is said to be the originator of social classes among mankind, once regained Freyja's treasured possession Brísingamen while doing battle in the shape of a seal with Loki, and Heimdallr and Loki are foretold to kill one another during the events of Ragnarök.

Mímir, renowned for his knowledge and wisdom who is beheaded during the Æsir-Vanir War. Afterward, the god Odin carries around Mímir's head and it recites secret knowledge and counsel to him. I liked the idea of Mímir a beheaded god. So my representation is a headless body carrying a head.

Forseti is an Æsir god of justice and reconciliation. He is generally identified with Fosite, a god of the Frisians. According to Snorri Sturluson in the Prose Edda, Forseti is the son of Baldr and Nanna. His home is Glitnir, its name, meaning "shining," referring to its silver ceiling and golden pillars, which radiated light that could be seen from a great distance. His is the best of courts; all those who come before him leave reconciled. This suggests skill in mediation and is in contrast to his fellow god Týr, who "is not called a reconciler of men." However, as de Vries points out, the only basis for associating Forseti with justice seems to have been his name; there is no corroborating evidence in Norse mythology. 'Puts to sleep all suits' or 'stills all strifes' may have been a late addition to the strophe Snorri cites, from which he derives the information.

Sól or Sunna is the Sun personified in Germanic mythology. In both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda she is described as the sister of the personified moon, Máni, is the daughter of Mundilfari, is at times referred to as Álfröðull, and is foretold to be killed by a monstrous wolf during the events of Ragnarök, though beforehand she will have given birth to a daughter who continues her mother's course through the heavens. As a proper noun, Sól appears throughout Old Norse literature. Scholars have produced theories about the development of the goddess from potential Nordic Bronze Age and Proto-Indo-European roots.

Máni is the moon personified. Brother of the personified sun, Sól, and the son of Mundilfari, while the Prose Edda adds that he is followed by the children Hjúki and Bil through the heavens. As a proper noun, Máni appears throughout Old Norse literature. Scholarly theories have been proposed about Máni's potential connection to the Northern European notion of the Man in the Moon, and a potentially otherwise unattested story regarding Máni through skaldic kennings.

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Descriptions taken in parts from Wikipedia
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markuskus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great!
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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TallisKeeton Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
You missed Idunn and Sif two great godessess.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's impossible for me to get every single deity down, but if I ever do decide to do a squeal for this I shall remember to add them :)
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ha I've seen that before. Still makes me laugh. I still like the other one I have seen. It said "Jesus promised to rid the world of all wicked people, Odin promised to rid the world of frost giants....I don't see any frost giants do you?" 
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GodsofWarAndRock Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
okay
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TheAlechemist Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Excellent use of colors. Very bright, and the design is imaginative. I love Norse Mythology.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Why thank you. This was never gets as much love as the Greek or Egyptian but Norse mythology should be equally as important as the other two 
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svesamikreteni Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heimdallr is just so... WEEEEE :3 Cutest picture of my favourite god
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ya he came out a little...fem I suppose, it's hard to make a god who guards a rainbow bridge masculine. Aside from the Thor movie...but that doesn't count. A Black actor playing a Norse god? There is equality, then there is insanity. It would be like having an Asian looking Zeus. 
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svesamikreteni Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally someone who agrees about the "quality" of that cinematic abomination. I'm not even going to watch the film just because Ye Olde Thorre doesn't have red hair. I know most people imagine Vikings like blonde Aryan strongmen, but Thor is a redhead, it's in the sagas, dammit! Oh, great... I started sounding like a Christian... Allfather forgive me (oh yes, he's also badass)
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Begone with your christian zealotry xp, Well I tried to research via many different tales about how to best portray the gods, but also putting my own artistic flare on it. I can say with conviction, that in all my mythological research, I never use comic books as a source material. Not that there is anything wrong with comics, it's just, already someone's take on how something should look.  I look through historical and other artist depiction try and settle on something of a template to work from and then add, remove and embellish the rest. Occasionally there is little source material on something so I simply wing it so to speak. Like with Mimir.  
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svesamikreteni Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mimir's really good, since in most myths he is just Odin's pet head. Honestly, I will only draw a Norseman with a horned helmet if it's not supposed to be realistic, or when I'm drawing gods. After all, gods should look more badass than ordinary mortals. Btw, the rest of the Almighty series are really good.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes I tried to show him as a separate god then just an all knowing head. And thank you, I put a lot of effort into all my gods and mythologically avatars. Mythology is one of my greatest passions. 
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svesamikreteni Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must ask you, is there any possibility of a bit larger pictures, I can't see all of the details?
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Unfortunately not, the program I used to create these only has them that size, if I we're to enlarge them myself it would further distort and remove any detail from them. Also the program I used changed it's interface around and I lost all the saves of all my avatars. Which is....likely a few thousand. So I haven't felt the need to go back and redo them largely because amassing the collection that I had, plus several in production effective destroyed any desire to go back to do more.  
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Minorinjury Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Tyr should be left handed his right got bitten of by the Fenrir wolf
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Then consider it, pre-bitten Tyr :p
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Lokifoxx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
loki looks boss (gj I almost never say'boss')
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
haha thank you for the rare experience then ;p
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nobody remembers Skadi. THANK YOU! :D
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Who could forget Skadi? She is amazing
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
She's my favorite.
Although, I like Loki a lot too. He often seems like some kind of divine village idiot. XD
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Curious I have often thought Loki alot more devious then "divine village idiot" But i suppose I can understand the place where that might come from
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Although Loki has always been a trickster, he really seems to have only turned malevolent at the myth of Baldr's death (probably hijacking by Christianity). He's very Chaotic Neutral. In some of the earlier myths, he seems quite silly. Particularly in Skadi's introduction... XD
Although, he certainly does seem quite capable of being serious. He sometimes seems to look at the other gods from an outsider's point of view, which makes sense given his origins. Especially when he calls out the gods on the stupid things they've done when they're all feasting together (I think in Aegir's hall?).
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
God I think I'm in love...
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well that's probably Freyja's fault, not Loki's. XD
(She's epic though. Goddess of love and war and bloodlust, who gets a hall for half the warriors who would normally go to Valhalla? Yes please! She reminds me of Ishtar and possibly Morrighan because of the dual war/fertility aspects.)
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yup definitely in love;p  I blame all the gods, aphordite, eros, hathor, baron la croix, mami wata their all at fault ;p
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MoonBikerGoddess Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Love it!
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you

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MaruKan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I have a problem, Thor and Loki where never brothers
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes so everyone else is bemoaning. I changed it to adoptive if that makes you feel better.
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hikaruko Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
They aren't brothers as in, Norse!Loki is Norse!Thor's blood uncle. Loki and Odin took a blood oath and become brothers :'D Marvel!Loki being Marvel!Thor's adoptive brother. 
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AxelDemKakashi Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Love these they are so detailed but i have 1 minor issue. Loki is a red head. Other than that I think these are fantastically fantastic!!!!!
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
curious I have never seen any incarnation of Loki as a redhead, can you tell what source that is?
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AxelDemKakashi Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
(after 30 minutes of re-sifting lol) sorry my mistake, i was listening to this [link] really late at night so i misheard the description of Loki, not to mention that there is LOTS of mythology art that shows him with red hair. My bad, thats what you get for being half asleep when listening to stuff.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
odd I don't think I have seen Loki with red hair. I suppose it is out there somewhere. But mythology is in part a little up in the air. Everyone has a differentish interpretation
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AxelDemKakashi Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
There are a handful on DA - here's one [link] oh I've read the Prose Edda, some of the stories are soooo brief im now looking for the Poetic Edda in order to fill out the detail.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
From the link one key bit of information pops out "my own personal interpretation". I am not saying he doesn't have red hair, I just have never seen it in any traditional media of Loki
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AxelDemKakashi Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
the wikipedia page has an icelandic interpretation where theres a slight red tinge. Anyway it doesn't matter - as i said I was listening to it WAY too late and misheard. It was my mistake.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is no problem at all ^-^
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UinenFirestar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, almost more than the Almighty: Egyptian series.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great praise, I thank you most humbly :)
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eroneko1manga Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
love it
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you ^^
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DestroPrime82 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
referring to the story of Baldr, how did Nordic people of ancient times know what a missle is? unless this is a recent story.
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Missile has meant projectile long before the rocket propelled variety we are accustom too now.
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Arschkrampenbruder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Oh, i like to see the charakters with all the little details :3!
Sól and Frigg are so beautiful, good work <3
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Galactic-Travailler Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why thank you
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