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February 29, 2008
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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.

FrancesHIMfected Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Sooo inspiring!!
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. :)
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.
Monyok Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
wow! this is awesome! :aww: I just entered *Dianaes contest too :)
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 :)
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?
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.
meluseena Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
No problem ;)
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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