Norse Gods, Monsters, and Heroes - Gabriela Rodriguez Garcia

A theme gallery of Norse Gods and their stories from beyond myths and legends. These are the main Gods, and how they are all connected to one another.

In this lovely artwork, the story behind it is that Freya, Goddess of Love and Fertility, had her piece of jewelry stolen from Loki, the trickster God of Norse Mythology. The piece of Jewelry is called the Brisingamen, and Heimdall, Guardian of the Bifrost, fights Loki, winning, and returning the Brisingamen to Freya. The artwork has a very three-dimensional space to it, making it realistic despite the artwork being of Gods and Goddesses. The lines are also vertical, Freya and her servants upright, along with Heimdall standing next to Freya. There is also a contrast between the two Gods and two servants, a light shining over the two Gods, while the servants are in the darkness. The spotlight on the two Gods also represents a sense of Emphasis/Focus, because they are the two main characters of this artwork.
There are two characters in this piece of artwork: Idun, Goddess of Spring, and Brage, God of Poetry. Idun has a small crate of apples with her, and her lines are vertical as she stands next to Brage. She and Brage’s arms are diagonal as they reach to their respective props. The Emphasis/Focus are the two Gods, showing a sort of harmony between them. Barge seems to be playing a harp, next to his wife Idun. This artwork also has a three dimensional feel to it, making the Gods realistic. The contrast is also a light in front of the Gods and a darkness behind them where the humans would be as the sun is setting.
The artwork of this design by Thomas Gray was to depict a part of a series called “The Descent of Odin” meaning the fall of the God of all Gods, Odin. This page in particular shows Jormungand, the giant serpent that encircles Midgard, also known as Earth. The artwork’s poem also mentions a Dog, which could be referring to Jormungand’s brother, Fenrir, the Giant Wolf Dog. The lines for this artwork are all curved, catching the shape of the serpent. The only vertical and horizontal elements to it are the lines for the box where the poem is written. The Emphasis/Focus may be the serpent in the back, but without the poem, he is just a simple sea snake.
This statue of Loki, the trickster God, makes him seem more mischievous than most other artworks of him. It also depicts him as him about to play a trick on someone, or a God, and wants the view to participate, making him have a “hush-hush” appearance to him. His lines vertical for his body and curved for his arms, legs, and what appear to be wings on his back. His shape is a bit dynamic, his foot forward like he is going to move towards you to tell you a secret.
Speaking of artwork of Thor battles other Gods, this artwork depicts Thor fighting a race of Giants. Compared to the previous artwork with Thor resting with his Hammer, Thor in this image is fighting with his weapon Mjöllnir on his chariot. Thor also is summoning lightning to fight against the Giants as well. The artwork has a three-dimensional feel, making it seem more realistic, Thor seeming more a human with powers rather than a God. The lines are mostly all vertical, even Thor’s line of vision is going down onto the Giants.
This particular artwork does not have much of a description, and is hard to tell what is going on just at first glance. While also part of “The Descent of Odin” series, it seems that this piece could involve one of Loki’s other children: Hel, ruler of Helheim, the underworld where the dead go when they pass. There is also a knight on a horse that is fighting with Hel, trying to get her back into the underworld while the knight tries to ride away. The Emphasis/Focus is more on the knight, as the flames of the underworld surround her feet. The lines are vertical and curved, and there is color at the bottom of the black and white page.
Thor has a very lazy appearance in this particular artwork. He looks like he is resting after a long day of being the God of Thunder. In this statue, the lines are all there, including vertical for his sitting, curved for his arms and sitting position being slouched, and horizontal for his arm. The statue makes Thor seem more human than a God, considering almost all other artwork of him is of him causing destruction or fighting another God of sorts.
There is not much of a description for this stone tablet piece of artwork. However, based on visuals alone, this artwork depicts that Thor, the God holding the hammer Mjöllnir, attacking Fenrir and Jormungand. Fenrir is the Giant Wolf creature and also the son of Loki and Angrboða, who is a giantess. Jormungand is a large snake that encircles the Earth, also known as Midgard in the Norse Mythology. There are other men depicted in this artwork, in which they seem like warriors of Thor, riding together with him into battle against Fenrir and Jormungand. The movement of this piece is horizontal, along with the lines being horizontal as well. Thor’s army is moving towards the right, and the two Giants Fenrir and Jormungand are moving towards the left.
The knight that was fighting off Hel is escaping from a monster that is trying to attack her and her horse. The monster seems to be a beast of Fenrir; maybe a lesser monster as it is nowhere near as being a Giant like Fenrir. The lines are diagonal and the Emphasis/Focus is the knight on the horse and the monster on the left chasing them. There is more color compared to the very first image of this series, suggesting the knight is in a cave, possibly escaping from Hel, and the underworld.
There is a serene nature to this piece of artwork. It shows an known God or Hero along the shores of a sea and taking time to either bathe themselves or relax and enjoy the sun rising. His nude body suggests a sense of freedom, and without war and chaos, it is the ultimate time to rest ones body. The lines are more horizontal and curved, the horizon and water all horizontal while the man’s body is curved. The Emphasis/Focus is of the man, despite the color behind him. As for movement, it does not exist. This artwork was captured like a photo, still but serene.
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