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Asa-Thor by Meredyth Asa-Thor by Meredyth
The lightning flashed as he hefted the hammer and thunder struck, as so many times before. The thunder rolled across the plain and broke against the far mountainside, followed by the cheer of the Einherjar, who stood lined against the horizon, an army of immortals in numbers beyond counting – and yet not many enough.
So often had he smiled whenever he had lifted Mjolnir, the warden of Asgard, but this time he felt nothing of elation, nothing of triumph. As he turned to the wind and faced the plain of Vigrid, he knew that this time would be the last one he carried Mjolnir into the battle. The last contest, the last hero’s deed, the last fight. The enemy had come in legions, the spawn of Hel and Utgard, the forces of Chaos. They had come to destroy the world he loved.
He blinked away a tear as he thought of Sif and his sons and all he was about to lose – but he did not waver for a moment. He had lived a life of millennia, the life of a God, and he had no regrets. He had fought, feasted, loved, and defended those who had been given into his care. He might die today – no, would die certainly, her corrected himself – but his death would be the fulfillment of a warrior’s life, a story never forgotten, as long as a single soul would live to remember it. He wished for his world and his loved ones to prevail, alas all beyond the power of his arms and his battle-craft was Wyrd, was the doing of the Norns, and no God, not even Odin, could hope to change that. So let it be! If it must end, it ends. Ragnarok!
He raised the hammer high above his head, and as the Einherjar cheered again, he finally smiled his crooked, defiant smile. With a steady stride, his brothers by his side, he led the armies of Valhalla against the enemy. He wore no amour, no fancy warrior’s adornments, his muscular frame alone would be sufficient emblazonment for his last fight.
So come, warriors, he thought, and finally joined in the battle cry.
Live for nothing, or die for something!

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A lot of words, but this more or less was the scene or mood I had in mind when I worked on that picture. This now is my entry for Ferun-Namids Thor-Contest (ferun-namid.deviantart.com/jou…). Lots of thanx for that - here and now it was the motivation for sitting down and finishing the rough sketch I had begun some three weeks ago. I'm not sure anymore if the picture qualifies for the contest... I started by the rules and begun with a design of Thor that came to my mind - well, and then I got carried away. So no Viking armour and kit as I originally intended, just the man and his weapon and an overall feeling of judgment day! No colour in it, so I can pretend he has red hair! :)
Somehow in the process the Einherjar appeared in the left corner, but they are pretty restrained not to invade the picture ;)
Contest fitting or not, it's secondary now as I'm nearly content with the outcome for now. Time pressure was tight, but otherwise it would have taken months to finish...

Thor was drawn in b pencils and digitally altered using Photoimpact x3 (don't know while I still use it...). The background sky and all was almost exclusively done on my old Aiptek HP tablet with Photoshop. I did about two hours sketching and another five hours for executing the picture.

Musical inspiration was provided by bands DoomSword, Rebellion, Darkest Era, Atlantean Kodex, and of course Manowar!

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nnamleo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Love all your work and writing
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Iglybo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Excellent :D
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Iglybo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
no problem ^^
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Epic, both the picture and the accompanying bit of writing - that's how you'd really imagine this sort of person going into such a battle.
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Herzlichen Dank!
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Rettna Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
One of the best depictions of Thor that I've seen. Especially his face. You do faces particularly well!
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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predatorIOI Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
concentration before battle is very important!
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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MermaidsLegs Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Wow !!
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Lady!
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KuTheBrewer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like the whole drawing, but it was the expression on the face that kept me staring for a long while. It got me asking, why is he so sad? Then I read your story and it gave context to the art, Ragnarok... it must be a great burden to know your own destiny and to wield so much power and still be ruled by the Norns, just like any mortal. It takes a lot of corage to smile and do what you must knowing how it is going to end. I think you manage to capture that sense of nobility in your art! Thanks!
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gratitude for that. You're very welcome :)
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near000 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great!
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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XxBuiltForSynxX Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so awesome.....though mjolnir seems a bit small.....or maybe its me :P either way, love this!
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Having used a lot of hammers myself I feel somewhat uncomfortable with those Marvel-style mega-sized beaters, but I guess it's all a matter of imagination :)
Thank you!
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XxBuiltForSynxX Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely understand that :) you should be proud of your work :) so you're most welcome x
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you again, that's very kind.
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XxBuiltForSynxX Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true :) so you're welcome x
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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asguardviking Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
THis work is awesome and a excellient story to go with it. very well done!
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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SkaldicArts Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This one looks awesome. Reminds me of the style of the black&white Slaine comics.
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you. All the Sláine comics have exceptional artwork.
But you can't refer to the early ones drawn by Mike McMahon, do you?
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SkaldicArts Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats the one. I picked up a volume called "Warriors Dawn" and I really liked it. The art style reminded of the Savage Conan series. Something from my dad's time but doesn't mean its not awesome
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Meredyth Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a great compliment. McMahon drawings nearly look like woodcarvings - his use of contrast is rivaled only by Mike Mignola, in my opinion.
Savage Sword of Conan was drawn by John Buscema, one of my teenage idols :D
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SkaldicArts Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently came up one which includes a story of Conan going to a stronghold in the fringe of Turan, which is supposed to be a haven for marauders and thieves alike. The head of the stronghold has some insanely powerful gem, which is the main part of the story. Does this one sound familiar?
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Meredyth Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a lot of these stories ;)
Haven't read the comics in a long time. I did read Howard's original Conan stories again three years ago, but I have to admit I like his boxing stories and historical adventures more, though they all are unmistakenbly Howard.
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SkaldicArts Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember hearing about some boxing stories. Wasn't the main character some sailor who had matches in different countries in each story or something like that? I also remember a story about a Texan who travels to Afghanistan in the late 19th century and becomes some warlord. Ever read any of those?
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Meredyth Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Steve Costigan the sailor and El Borak. Highly recommended!
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egyptianpagan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thor was red head you know right?
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He is described as red-bearded at least... Marvel screwed it all ;-)
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egyptianpagan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that it did.....
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;-)
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egyptianpagan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh - seems I have been mistaken. The red-bearded thing seems to be a misinterpretation. Look here [link]
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good article, but it gives two sources for blond/gold hair and about ten for red.

I disagree about the youthful side of Thor, I think it is a deliberate disguise to fool his enemies, he is not a child in any of his better known myths. Especially the fishing for the serpent story which survives in so many versions it must have been very important to his worshipers.
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Meredyth Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.

I believe through many stories you can find a change you could interpret as a kind of character development in Thor, changing from irascible to determined. Maybe it's just the "modern" point of view who likes to put emphasis on changes and development, but then you find these traits even more in the stories about Odin/Woden. Then there is the Circle of Ostara who claimed that the parts in Sturluson's Edda, where the Gods are depicted in a comical way (with Thor the main target), are just Christian propaganda to ridicule the Elder Gods.

Whatever, I like to see the Gods as archetypes who are changing slightly through the ages, as mankind is changing, but remain true to their essence. Weird or not, Marvel Comics Thor has been a major influence in the last decades to draw young people to Northern mythology and religion, and there have been very interesting changes and interpretations in the comics despite their mistakes over the last 20 years.
Just don't tell it to the Republicans and the right-wing Christians ;-)
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Mad-Lyn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Schön!
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke :)
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Heterodoxy-Pix Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Wonderfully done!
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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Heterodoxy-Pix Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
you're most welcome!
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svantekorp Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
its freaking awsome
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx :D
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Rainthegreywolf Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
TO ask an ignorant question, I've a hammer myself and im curious as to what the symbol on the hammer itself is? The 3 circles?
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No f***ing idea :)
I'd have to ask one of the archaeologists, but it's most probably just some kind of embellishment whithout special meaning.
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