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Queen Hel, with doggie by Relotixke Queen Hel, with doggie by Relotixke
Queen Hel was one of Loki's monstrous children. Her older brothers are Fenrir and Jormungand (The Fenris Wolf and the Midgard Serpent) She is young and beautiful on one side, and old and decayed on the other side.

In one version of her story, unlike her brothers, Hel lived in Asgard for a while, but eventually grew to hate it there, since the Aesir and the other gods and goddesses were sort of mean to her because of her strange appearance. So she petitioned Odin to send her somewhere else. Apparently being a good judge of character, Odin gave Hel the land of the dead, Nifelheim, to rule over. She has a hall with gates of iron, and a huge guard dog named Garm to keep an eye on things for her.
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the colours here. Wonderful eerie!
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wanderingmage Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
I have to say, I just saw the original piece hanging in the home of a friend... and this looks so much more amazing in person. This really is a very stellar, and very gripping piece.
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Relotixke Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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JillHoffman Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well done, and spooky : ) The stylized snakes are a great touch.
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Relotixke Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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HabaHaba89 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful piece of art.
The colours are selected just right and the background fits just perfectly!
And the difference between Hel's two-sided face looks amazing~
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Marius-Creb Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the cold color scheme.
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DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is gorgeous!
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Cornelia-Queen Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it is so amazing
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great choice of colours there, works well!
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is really beautiful. I love both the soft rendering on Hel and the more design-y look of the snakes in the background. :)
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FinisCoronatOpus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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svet-svet Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your wonderful art is featured in my journal [link]
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kerighan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Student General Artist
i really like how you pinted her and garm. even her cloth is half and half :) there are many stories about her, one says she was so ugly and repulsiwe, even with the beutiful half, that odin thought she'll never find a husband so he gave her the land of the dead to rule. well, it said also that her ''worst'' half was not only old, but actually it looked like dead, rotten and staff. one of most interesting stories in north mythology, for me :)
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ravenlilly Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
This is amazing!
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Lawenta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, great title :-) And great depiction, she looks... mighty, strong.
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Thalassae Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Garm is "doggie"? :D
I really like this one, it's noticeable that you know what you're drawing about! With the detail of the snakes in the background... very beautiful work.
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chakrabird Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
This is absolutely gorgeous, I especially like the background with the snakes and the colour tones. Also her face stands out, both her expression and the two unlike sides of her face.
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SylvF Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
This is a beautiful picture. I especially love those stylized snakes behind them (love that coloring) as it helps push the more realistic Hel and Garm in the forefront while still lending an interesting background. Snake coiled in the hair is another cool touch. Awesome job.
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queen1of1dragons1st Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
OMG! thats awesome!! how dose this only have two favs?
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Raedmund Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Very, VERY nice! I'm a sucker for "Hel" art and this just went into my all-time top five favorite depictions of her.
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Relotixke Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! She's one of my favorite characters, so I went to a lot of trouble to paint her properly.
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