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Idun by meluseena Idun by meluseena
So, this is Idun from Norse Mythology.
(Ahem.. fullview please)

According to legend, she guarded the golden apples of eternity in her golden box and used them to preserve the gods immortality... till one day Loki tricked her at a giant king's behest and the giant stole her away in the guise of an eagle to his own homelands.. and the gods grew weak and began to lose their immortality...

Read more about this myth here [link] I had been wanting to create this image for quite some time and found a great opportunity to do so and enter :icondianae: 's contest, with a god and mythology theme.

I wanted to make Idun look quietly disapproving.. as I see her as a non-confrontational figure, she's probably thinking 'let me go, THIS MINUTE'. She can't have been too wiley I mean she let Loki lead her out of safety because he wanted to show her some 'nice apples' or something.. Loki, the great trickster himself! She should have known better....

Technique: I used own feather texture, referenced the eagle from [link] images and referenced the girl's arms from this photo [link]
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sergis25 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Hello Lisa

My name is Sergi Justribó. I am teacher of Barcelona. I am a blog about myths and legends. I put your amazing work in my blog

I hope you agree. I put your deviantart address.

Thanks

sergismite.blogspot.com/2014/0…
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FrancesHIMfected Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Sooo inspiring!!
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wanderingmage Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
I love what I would term a children's illsutration sort of style to this image. :) It reminds me of the books I grew up with, and that's very much a compliment. :) And the expression on Idunna's face is amazing. :)
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Sajra71 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
That's my favorite myth... ever, i love it, and god she looks so pissed it's just perfect.
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Monyok Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
wow! this is awesome! :aww: I just entered *Dianaes contest too :)
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love this piece, the expression in her face is priceless. And to tell the truth all the gods were quite naive and fall one and again in Loki's traps.

Oh! your nick is my cat's name :)
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Captain-K Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Great work with the eagle! This reminds me at first sight of the Ganymedes abduction. But after looking a bit longer more like the native american "Lord of the thunderbirds" who stole away his wife in disguise of an eagle. Well both are after all varitations of the old archetype for a child more or less reluctantly having to leave his or her father house to make a living elsewhere. Is it your original characters?
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meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
No hehe.. in the description *points up* I explain who she is, this is Idun from Norse Mythology, she and her box of golden apples are stolen away by the giant king in the guise of an eagle.

It is similar , as an event, to the story of ganymede but the theme is quite different - this abduction is of a goddess and her abductor is duly punished, and she returned to the land of the Aesir. Her abduction threatened the lives of every god as she tended the gardens of the apples of eternity.
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meluseena Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
No problem ;)
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Captain-K Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Okay, sorry for late reply. I know like nothing of Norse myths, I only recognized the name Idun from the Watersedge tales, where he is the prime advisor of the ruthless nuclear tychon Galhid.
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MyZephyr Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
"loki" is that se same as in the swedish/norths myths, "Loke" the giant who really was a trickster and were sent away to lie on sharp rocks with a poisoness (sorry for my english) snake, dripping the poison on him and so on and so on. Norse mythologi, is that like norwegian perhaps? :)
Great work with the eagle and the girl's expression!
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AryaStark99 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Norse mythology is the old mythology of the vikings (Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark)I'm Icelandic so I know a lot about Norse Mythology. =)
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MyZephyr Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Hi! Can't remember my comment, sorry for that. But I got a chance to see your picture once again and I think it's good work :) And for the record, I'm Swedish so I'm quite familliar with norse mythology as well ;)

Happe new years to you AryaStark99
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meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
yes it is the very same :)
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lenoki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
haha.. this is the goddess i was originally going to enter :D lucky i switched last minute..
awesome work- i love her plaits.. and the expression is just fantastic :heart:
i especially love the colours.. :love:
best of luck!
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meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
I wouldn't have minded if there was another Idun. :)
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lenoki Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
oh no.. but i think it's always nice to do something no-one else has done, you know? :heart:
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:iconmeluseena:
meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
I don't think I'm the first person to draw Idun hehe!!!


:)
:rose:
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:iconlenoki:
lenoki Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
haha, i meant in terms of this contest :giggle:
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:iconmeluseena:
meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
oh! :D haha doh :)

:rpse:
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lenoki Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
:D :heart:
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Asterisks Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That eagle came out beautiful!
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PookieTookieJewelry Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
so amazing :D
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mixdown Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008   Photographer
featured this work in my journal. :)
[link]
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:iconzasu:
zasu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
beautiful work and illustrates an old story many of us have never heard (though i know about loki at least) :)
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:iconmeluseena:
meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
I hadn't heard of Idun either before recently reading about her in my mythology compendium :)

:rose:
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zasu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
i used to be so into folktales and mythology from around the world, and i'm continuously surprised by new ones.

have you ever read some japanese ones? they can be really creepy - i always remember one i read when i was a little girl, where a young boy escaped being eaten by a witch when he chewed up some rice and spit them around his mouth to look like maggots infesting a corpse... envisioning the entire scene always made my skin crawl. :o
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meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
YUCK!! That's such a bizzarre fairytale
I really like it, hehe. The grimmer the better :)
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:iconzasu:
zasu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
early horror movies ;)
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weareminion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
:w00t: :w00t: :w00t::w00t:

CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE BEEN FEATURED HERE:

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BY:
:iconweareminion:

We think this piece shows an excellent example of your work and who you are as an artist. We want you to have every opportunity for the world to see this piece, even if it is in another artists journal.

We hope that this feature brings your work more attention and the promise of more positive energies in the future.

We hope you visit the featured work journal [link] and view the other pieces that have been selected as well. We would like to know your views on the other artists we have chosen.

You will hear from us again in the future because your work is being watch by not only =weareminion but all the supporters who watch us.

Thank you for being true to your art and posting these pieces.

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~Until then
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meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow gee, thanks for the promotion :D

:rose:
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weareminion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
:glomp:

Your work is really a great twist on what we dream.

~Until then
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hippyofdoom Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Beautiful illustrative style and technical skill :)
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This should be a book illustration, outstanding work!
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:iconzasu:
zasu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
i can just see it as a book illustration too :)
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely!! :nod:
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:iconmixdown:
mixdown Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful work as always. The detail is outstanding :)
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edchan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Love this! Really well illustrated
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alloria-sjg Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
You have such an amazing style!
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Dianae Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
This is gorgeous!!!! Thank you very much for entering the contest, I wish you the best of luck! :hug:
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meluseena Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
:rose:
I entered for fun, I am eager to see the other pieces! :D
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teopa Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful:)
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disco-ball Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008   Photographer
wow, thats amazing! :heart:
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