“There feeds he full | on the flesh of the dead,
And the home of the gods | he reddens with gore;
Dark grows the sun, | and in summer soon
Come mighty storms: | would you know yet more?”
— Völuspá, Verse 41, Bellows Translation
At Ragnarok, the wolf Sköll will finally catch the sun goddess, Sól, and devour her. Here is a poem I wrote for this painting:
“Some days I am the sun.
Like the goddess Sól, the desires of others,
my obligations, their need;
has ripped me open.
All the light I have left in this world
drains from me, until I grow dark.
“Other days I am the wolf.
Like the hungry Sköll, I desire others.
My thirst, my need;
it overpowers my ability to see her.
And nothing will sate my appetite,
Until I drain all she has to give, and she grows dark.”
— Dark Grows the Sun, by Sam Flegal
If you want to read more about my thought process behind this painting you can do so on the Viking Art page.
Sam Flegal is the creative mind behind Fateful Signs. He has been a freelance Illustrator since 2009. He likes to work in oil paint and with brush and ink, focusing on exaggerated expressions and detail. Sam lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his lovely wife and daughter. He makes art almost everyday and is a very lucky man.