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Odin, disguised as an old man, travels to the hall of the wisest giant, Vafthrudner, to engage him in a battle of wits. This scene depicts the moment just before the giants realize their guest is in fact the All-father.
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RichardMcSundy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Student Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous. It's so refreshing to see a proper depiction of Norse religion that doesn't stick to the modern tropes of ridicolous horned helms of full plate armours. 
I love the detail of putting the Giants naked, it's so much more realistic and it also recalls Ancient Greek art.
Please do more works on the Edda. Keep up the good work.
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Henke76 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
You alone know that, what long ago
You said in the ears of your son.
I doomed myself when I dared to tell
What fate will befall the gods,
And staked my wit against the wit of Odin,
Ever the wisest of all.

Vafþrúðnismál 55
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:iconramonzao:
Ramonzao Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
Very beautiful and powerful
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:icongrazatt:
grazatt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Why are the giants naked?
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:iconalexis667:
alexis667 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
The real question is why aren't we naked?
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:iconcogswheel:
Cogswheel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
Can you imagine how much fabric it would take to fully clothe a giant, as well as leather or iron? Plus, being larger, their body heat would be enough to protect them from the elements, and their skin would be tough enough to protect them from rough terrain. In short, they really don't need clothing. They mostly wear jewellery, bracers and cloaks as a sign of their place in the society.
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:icondoctorbrown:
DoctorBrown Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Godlike !
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:iconcullyferg2010:
cullyferg2010 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Surprised the giants are not wearing a loincloth of some kind.  And isn't Odin's train a little too long?
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:iconwh5:
WH5 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
Sua arte é sempre bem elaborada.
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:icondelmne:
Delmne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
I would definitely buy a print of this.
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:iconrhineville:
Rhineville Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well it's for sale as a print on my inprnt page; www.inprnt.com/gallery/jasonra…

If you feel like one down the line it'd really help :)
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:icondelmne:
Delmne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Thanks, I am bookmarking your link.
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:iconsaargrin:
saargrin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
i wish there was a SFW version of this ....
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:icondarthdingus:
DarthDingus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
And the giants are naked why?
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:icononlytheghosts:
OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
Hard to find clothes in the right size maybe.
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:iconvolomon:
Volomon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Because they don't care about your body shame.
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:icondarthdingus:
DarthDingus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Psh, whatever.
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:iconanakhacolossus:
AnakhaColossus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Splendid work.
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:iconjlblacksmith:
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Now, those are GIANTS for sure! :)
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:iconyo-yoyoyo:
Yo-yoyoyo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
This is amazing. I love the ravines coming out of the cape and the expressions of the giants. Really fantastic.
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:iconstudentofrhythm:
studentofrhythm Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good work with the figures and the anatomy.  It's always nice to see someone painting different body types.
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:iconnovus41:
novus41 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic work:)
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:icondavbor45:
Davbor45 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Very lovely. The giants and giantesses very classic and modern looking. Very good 
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive work, never expected giants to be naked though..Well if what I've read holds, it's goes poorly for Vafthruder at least once,and then he looses his head..
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YellowRavenInk Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing.
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:iconhoplitenomad:
hoplitenomad Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Impressive
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:iconogrebear:
ogrebear Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
So Glorious!
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:iconnicolastrent:
nicolastrent Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely fantastic.
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:iconbwalla210:
bwalla210 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
This is absolutely amazing. There isn't a single detail i do not appreciate, as well as the story (which few people know about)
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:iconinclementsovereign:
InclementSovereign Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
maginificent work
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:iconsirinkman:
SirInkman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional
Great piece - concept and rendition. Scale is nice. :)
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:iconethanredotter:
EthanRedOtter Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Writer
I'm a mythology nut, lovely piece.
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:iconars189zre:
ars189zre Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Very nice
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AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Writer

Very nice. You have a way with bodies.
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:iconsorentalon:
SorenTalon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist
That is a very deep painting.....as a fan of Norse culture and mythology, this is a masterpiece.
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:icontink29:
Tink29 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   General Artist
Wow !
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:iconthunderthorpower:
Thunderthorpower Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
amazing......
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:iconmaxa-art:
Maxa-art Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Artist
That picture is amazing. The background is beautiful, the poses are great (well, maybe a little too "classical painting" for my taste, but that's nitpicking... and dat crowned giant), and Odin's cloak is really the cherry on the cake. Putting a mature tag on this even appears off. Seeing the original resolution, I would have love to examine this piece in further detail in HD.

Short version : this rocks !
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work with the ambient/reflected light on those bodies.
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:iconlurklen:
Lurklen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Every figure in the picture feels so real. Something about them really makes them seem vital and alive as well as mythic and powerful. I'm really impressed with this one.
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:iconeuxiom:
Euxiom Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Oh man, I LOVE his cape. This whole piece is fantastic.
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:iconericaleev:
EricaLeeV Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hot dang, amazing!
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:iconrhineville:
Rhineville Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks Erica
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Crikey! 
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:iconamandaramsey:
AmandaRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
holy crap this is awesome!
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:iconcaliblue:
CaliBluE Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
absolutely awesome!  LOVE it!!
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:icondwarfolo:
Dwarfolo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Amazing.
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:iconrhysbriers:
RhysBriers Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
this is just stunning!
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:icontrocadero:
Trocadero Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
This is surprisingly accurate from what I can remember
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:iconrhineville:
Rhineville Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you were there?
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