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Huldra by mjorf Huldra by mjorf
Inspired by Scandinavian folklore, Huldra or Skogsrå is a beautiful but dangerous troll woman. She's the guardian of the forests and can grant boons to hunters who she favors although if you get on her bad side you just might dissapear for ever. She was also a highly sexual creature, stories are told about hunters or coalers who had affairs with her during their long periods in the woods. There is even to be found old legal documents about men being sentenced for having affairs with the Huldra.
She is always told to look as a very beautiful woman but she always has something that tells that she is a troll and not a human. In some parts of Scandinavia she has the tail of a cow, in others it's the bushy tail of a fox and sometimes the ears to. Where I grew up she was supposed to have a hollow back, like an old injured tree trunk.

Gouache and ink
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Given 2014-03-08
The suggester said: The distinct, eye-catching style really stands out to me. Every element simply clicks into place so well. Huldra by mjorf ( Suggested by DanielleIvanova and Featured by Astralseed )
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ep7 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lägger den här på min högra underarm nästa månad.
det blir passande nog roten till historien om mitt liv.
skrivet i bläck och blod.

skulle du kunna styra upp en extremt högupplöst version av den, tror du?
vill skriva ut och ha den på väggen.


alla undrar vad fan det är med armbågen :happybounce:



så typ.. seriöst. vad fan är det med armbågen?
lite väl mycket skrotum över den :)
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MingariaSky Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Beautiful work! Its very original and unique too! 
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inkynebula Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
incoming feedback!

I tattooed this on a friend, we both love your work! :thumb454691953:
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inkynebula Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
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mjorf Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is just amazing! It's the most flattering work I've ever seen! <3
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inkynebula Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you, keep it up! :ahoy:
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b13visuals Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wicked!
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tiffanYuhan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is lovely! i really like the style
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OminousEcho Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. I love all the elements and detail in this, coupled with the design, its really fun to look at. (:
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Yale-A-Bowman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very unique, I love the folklore behind this. Thank you for sharing this background information as well.
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/03/d…
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feature! <3
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swimmingotter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!  She is haunting and beautiful at the same time.  Thank you for the folklore info.
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ANARKYOFADOWN Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Woah! Very cool!
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jcmills Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Very cool, I love ancient mythology... always inspiring!
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Lilys-Workshop Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing.
Just, wow.
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indigo-98 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa this is really cool :D Keep up the good work
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andyrak Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Stunning style, totally love it!!!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Artist
Gorgeous work!
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting. I love the coloring, it's so clean looking it looked digital from the thumbnail. I love the exaggerated anatomy too.
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RenaisAngel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
it makes my stomach a bit (not a bad thing) WHen i see the hole, i imagine what it would be like to stick your hand into that and then- ga!!!
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the feeling. I've Always wondered if that hole is supposed to be just like dry wood, or rotten or something. Maybe you could house an owl or a family or squirrels in there though... nicer thought ^^
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RenaisAngel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
yes that is :)
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tenchibaka Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
i thought it was supposed to be rotten meat inside or at least that is what i've been told
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never heard that version. Most sources say it's supposed to be a like a hollowed tree trunk :/
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tenchibaka Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
really?
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD - amazing work!
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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GabrielGuyer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Amazing - the mythology is as intriguing as the piece and really increases the impact of the work :D :thumbsup:
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Mythology is always a superb source of inspiration
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RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
wow wow wow!!!
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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ERASERHEAD0 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Alter long time in the mines, i would tap that too. ")
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! :D
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Skargrubdamek Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Damn nice work, you can find such creatures in the Swedish RPG game Dragons & Demons. Meeting them is a dangerous affair, those who are
unlucky may fall under a trance and become their servant until death. Even if one doesn't fall under their spell, they often have powerful guardians
which keeps the Skogsrå safe. A past friend of mine had one of his characters raped by a Skogsrå, that character had fallen under its spell.
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I had no idea there was a Swedish version of D&D. Shame on me I work at the SF-bookstore Ashamed 
if you are interested there is a really nice book about sexual relations with Skogsrå and other creatures out from Malötrt förlag.
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Skargrubdamek Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
No harm done, I don't expect all to know that such a thing exists. That book does sound interesting, mostly due
to me having a strong interest in mythology and folklore.
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Skargrubdamek Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
At first I didn't think much about it, but I feel that I have to mention it. Dragons & Demons isn't a Swedish D&D, but it's
own RPG game entirely. It is a mix of High/Low fantasy with heavy influences from Norse mythology and the works
of John Bauer. I have to say that I really love that RPG, mostly because it's allot freer than D&D when it comes
to classes.

That you didn't know about Dragons & Demons is understandable, it has to my memory never had an official English
translation (being only released in Sweden). I began to translate the main rulebook, mostly to have something to busy
myself with. 
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LycanosArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very intersting work !
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Great style! I love this composition! Really great!
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Nollit Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Congrats on the DD! :love:
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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RedMoonTsukiyomi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student
Love her and the legend! <3
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ilmyart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
creepy but amazing ^^
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy is good ^^
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Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible. I love the concept too.. I dunno how I never heard of them o o
Congrats on your DD <3
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mjorf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's probably because it's a Scandinavian creatur. Sadly Scandi mythology hasn't been as popular as celtic or greek but it's getting more noticed the past couple of years ^^
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Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope more so- it sounds really interesting :) I must go look for more!
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