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Black Surt by Relotixke Black Surt by Relotixke

This piece won a judge's choice award at the Arisia 2008 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention's art show last weekend!!


This painting is pretty large, 2 and a half feet by one and a half feet, so it took some time to get all of it into photoshop to edit. I have to say that I'm pretty damn pleased with this painting, I've been working on it off and on for the last month and a half or so, and there were times when I wondered if it was really good enough to bother finishing.

Anyway, this is Surt, the Norse Badass Fire Giant of PAIN. When ragnarok rolls around, he takes that huge flaming sword and he totally pwns Frey. Don't feel too bad, though, it's Frey's own fault. He had an awesome magic sword of his own that could even fight by itself, but he gave it away to a giant so he could marry the giant's daughter. Odin was pretty pissed, because he'd foreseen that if Frey didn't have that sword, the forces of good would loose Ragnarok. So when that apocalypse finally gets here, you can just blame Frey and his obsession with Jotun chicks.

When he's not terrorizing the god of the harvest, Surt hangs out down in Muspelheim, which is either under the earth, or very far to the south, where everything is made of fire. He has like a whole kingdom of trolls and other flaming giants and stuff down there, apparently. Now, norse mythology does not tell us weather or not there are oceans of lava infested with serpents in Muspelheim, nor does it tell us if Surt sails these seas in a huge black ship. We must therefore assume that there are, and he does.

Surt has no connection to Loki, as far as I know. I'm not terribly surprised, though, because I've read in a few places that Loki was not originally associated with fire at all.

(the ship is NOT the ship of nails, as one commenter suggested. I wouldn't DARE paint him arriving on that ship, I might inadvertently summon him, thus causing the beginning of Ragnarok!!)
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J-Humphries Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Bad ass.
Hastur66 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Wow, I love this! And, thank you for explaining the lack of nails in this picture- I wholly support your desicion. Actually, I love your description in general so figgin hard. Ouch.

Btw, I think I've read a place that it was Loki that should sail Neglfare, and so I suppose there must be some sort of connection/misunderstanding between him and Surt... Never read of the two in the same story elsewhere, though.

Heh! This depiction of Surt reminds me awefully of Victarion Greyjoy! :D
Marcwulf Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
As a huge fan of Norse mythology and someone who has the nickname of Surt among some of my friends, I love that description.
gunneson88 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
wow this is awesome. great drawing of Surt (spelled either way.)
king of Muspellheim
brianjones539 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Love Norse Mythos Surt looks very cool here. Can't wait till Ragnarok!
SkaldicArts Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This looks really awesome!
Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Very intense!
Thorskegga Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
iliana-sama Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Surt is my stage name on a medieval group, and I see myself on your painting. ;)

Very good work !
Relotixke Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome stage name!

(and thanks!)
cxmb Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
this is amazing!
Icemaya Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work :D

Also, it wasn't Surt who had the ship made of nails, that was Hel, the goddess of the underworld. Just so you know :)
Relotixke Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist

I never intended it to be the ship made of nails. Someone commented thinking it was, so I wrote that line about it to correct that misinterpretation.
Icemaya Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, sometimes people confuse things, and I love the norse mythology so I do know most of it (not all of it though) and being Norwegian I sort of have to know the basics anyway as we learn quite a bit about it in school in addition to a lot of other religions.
Relotixke Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, no problem. I certainly do not mind getting extra info ^_^.
Demiton Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I adore the piece, and it is even more impressive and cool that you biased it on the ragnarok, and north mythos
shicmap Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow you did this traditionally??? WOW! (and how?)
Bellmoore Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Menacing and fiery, great work.
Sereththira Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
This is a really powerful piece - I can feel the force of the fire! Good job!
gothika248 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing picture, and your colour choices are superb. I love the frame effect, and how the picture seems to be emerging from it. Your description was absolutely delightful and is a great accompaniment to the picture itself.
bokading Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Very cool, nice color palette selection. He looks rather menacing. I enjoy the story behind the painting in your description as well.
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