I just finished reading “The Meadhall” by Stephen Pollington, and it is a wonderfully academic book. While not a Norse Mythology book in the traditional sense, the book is Norse Mythology adjacent. Specifically focusing on Anglo Saxon England from the pagan period to the conversion and slightly beyond. His examination of the mead hall and the central roll it played in the lives of our ancestors is a fascinating read!Read More
I didn’t include “Days in Midgard” in my original post on Norse Mythology Books because the book does something most other Norse Mythology books doesn’t do… It tells modern stories that features the gods influencing the world right here, right now. It is a genuine attempt to advance the storytelling timeline of Norse Mythology. Just as the title suggests… “A Thousand Years On.”Read More
I recently had an animated gif made of my Viking Art painting, “The Masked One,” and thought this would be a good reason to talk about the painting again!Read More
I’m sure it will surprise no one to learn that one of the influences on my Hoedkin series of “House Spirits” is the book “Gnomes” written by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet. Although to be completely accurate it was actually the Nickelodeon TV show “The World of David the Gnome” from when I was a kid that is the strong influence.Read More
At Ragnarok, the wolf Sköll will finally catch the sun goddess, Sól, and devour her…Read More
Once you have a foundation from reading the Eddas and Sagas, a number of wonderful books are waiting for you to delve deeper into Norse Mythology. More research continues to be done and more books a papers published every year. Truly it is a wonderful time to be alive!
I myself am an avid reader and find regular inspiration for Fateful Signs in the books and lore of past and modern scholars alike. Here is a list of 10 books I recommend for any who seek the wisdom of the Vikings.Read More
All the prints for the Limited Edition Silk Screen of "Runes Shalt You Find" are in, and they look great. Each one has been signed and numbered!Read More
“The Illustrated Havamal” is a real book! I can hold it in my hands, and all the pre-order copies have been mailed out! I’ve made the book available in my store.
WHAT IS THE HAVAMAL?
“The Hávamál” is a collection of ancient Norse wisdom, thought to have been written down in about 1270 CE. The title, Hávamál, translates as “Sayings of Har.” Har is the High One, another name for Odin, hence the ancient text means “Sayings of the High One.” These sayings are a collection of poetry, offering insights and wisdom to help one lead an honorable life.
With the Christianization of the North, scholars took it upon themselves to preserve their ancient culture by writing down these verses. The greatest collection of preserved poetry is “The Poetic Edda,” one section of which is “The Hávamál.”Read More
About a week ago, I got in all the drinking horns from my Norse Mythology book Kickstarter campaign. Each one was hand carved by Brian Marshall from Where the Gods Live. I’ve looked over each of them, taken some photographs and they look absolutely beautiful. I’m so happy with how they turned out! Brian did some amazing work!!!Read More
“Freya’s Due,” is the largest Viking Art oil painting I have ever done. It measures 48" x 29". It was incredibly challenging, but I feel that I have learned so much in its creation for my Norse Mythology series Fateful Signs. I've wanted to do a Freyja painting for awhile. She is the goddess I get asked the most about.Read More
Sometimes things just click with a painting, and "Bragi's Tongue" was one of those. As I worked on my new Viking Art painting for my Norse Mythology series Fateful Signs, things felt effortless. I seemed to know exactly where to put each color and everything just flowed. I finished this Viking art painting in about half the time it usually takes me. Everything just felt right. It was a real joy to work on.Read More
My new Viking Art painting for my Norse Mythology series Fateful Signs, "Vidar, God of Vengeance" was a complicated painting to finish. As you can see from the initial drawing to the final painting I made a lot of changes. I'm very happy with the results, but this painting reminded me of the importance of getting things planned out on the front end of a painting. Making massive changes in oil paint, is not the easy way to go!Read More
My latest Viking Art painting for my Norse Mythology series Fateful Signs, "The King's New Crown" took a lot of twists and turns. It started as one thing and became something else as I worked on it. It's usually best to follow the trail inspiration leads you down, but it can be a windy path.Read More
In English speaking countries we get most of our days of the week from Norse Mythology. This is because English traces back to Old English, and ultimately Old Norse. This is the reason English is a “Germanic” language.Read More