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Death of Balder by XsilverleenX Death of Balder by XsilverleenX
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Tyr watched the procession of gods, each coming to touch Balder's body among the funeral trappings. When Odin leaned to speak into Balder's ear, Tyr pressed the stub of his wrist hard against his side. Tears stung his eyes. He wouldn't say their grief was even, but he felt the same pang of loss now as the day he lost his hand.

Odin straightened and waded back to shore, his one eye closed, and was lost in the crowd.

The water was cold when Tyr approached Balder's pyre. Waves lapped against him, rocking the boat to and fro gently as he reached a hand to touch Balder's pale, beautiful face. So young. This was a child's funeral.

"Sometimes I hear them singing at night. I hear it over the land, and I know the world isn't as empty as I thought it was."

He brushed his knuckles against the child-god's white hair. Tyr narrowed his eyes against the sea salt and called silently for them over the waves.

A moment passed, then their great dark humps broke over the waves, bodies undulating through the water like weaving in a tapestry.

Tyr grabbed the edge of the boat and pulled it farther out away from shore. A second pair of burly hands caught the other side. Droplets of water clung in Thor's wiry red beard, his ruddy face a mask of pain, but his grip was sturdy as ever. They walked until the water slapped against their chests, the boat now above eye-level.

"Let go," Thor bellowed over the ocean's roar.

Tyr let go and took a slow step back. They were waiting a few yards out still, close even now to beaching themselves. Thor gathered himself, pulled the boat back along his side, then pitched it forward with all his strength. The boat cut a clean path through the swells. The large forms gathered around it and turned, bearing the boat and its lone passenger out to sea.

Tyr watched as the whales faded into the distance until a wave knocked him over. He floundered, the sea trying to pull him along Balder's path, until Thor's large hands gripped his arms and pulled him up. Tyr sputtered, coughing up sea water while Thor walked him back to shore.

"Y'all right?"

Tyr nodded, wiping water from his face. "I hope he'll hear us at night and remember not to be lonely."


The Death of Balder
City of Asgard
(C) Silverleen
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Fuzzy-Fluffy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a sad picture. The Shining One...:(
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I actually mean to redo it eventually, but yes, tis very sad :(
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daiong Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful <3
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thank you :D
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kruemelm0nster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
why would you do something like that? All of these feelings, I can't handle them!! DD: it's so beautiful!
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I had to to get it out of my system. Thank you! Feelings were what I was going for :)
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Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Great picture! Moreover, the story is excellently told. Do you have more of these stories to read somewhere?
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
It's actually a small scene from a novel I'm writing based on norse myths. I'd like to try and go for real publication before I start randomly posting it on the internets :) But thank you! I'm glad there's interest.
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Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Cool :-). Let us know when the novel comes out!

(And if you like, I can do a bit of promo for it on some groups and lists, and link to it from my site www.odins-gift.com, a collection of Norse-centered poetry & prose. Just holler.)
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work :)
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thank you :)
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SAM---tan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is soooo awesome...love the colouring and the peacefulness of his expression.its like as if he died happy
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
I don't know that he died happy, but it was certainly strange for him!
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SAM---tan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahah...cool..i have never heard of Balder till i saw your amazing artwork...he sure sounds interesting.
i especially love your colouring technique,its so calm and surreal,any tips?
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Learn color theory! And try to dissect the paintings of artists you like. That helps a lot.
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SAM---tan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh alright,i'll give that a try,thanks!
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KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Definitely the most beautiful interpretation of Balder I've ever seen :clap:
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Thank you! I'm actually planning to redo this soon. I think my rendering skills have improved enough for a better go at it. And thanks for the :+fav:!
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KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
No problem ^^
I'd love to see that :)
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LanKaido Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Don't worry, Balder. Hermod will ride to Hel and get you free. The whole world weeps for you.
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
If only things worked out that way :(
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marychain Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
lovely!
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thank you! And thanks for the :+fav:s! :D
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packstrap Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hot damn. I've read quite a few retellings of the Baldur story, but yours is certainly the most emotional.

If you don't mind me asking, what was in the video you linked?
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Thank you :)

Oh, I linked that more for the music. I can imagine that song being his dirge because of the whales.
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packstrap Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Whatever you linked to has been removed. D'ya know the name of the song?
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
"Farewell to Tarwathie" by Judy Collins. It's meant to be listened to while reading the writing part :)
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packstrap Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that is one incredible song.
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
*nodnodnod* Oh hell yeah.
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Noss91 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
How beautiful... the soft colors on his face make a great contrast to the rest.
I really like how you made his eyes too, it's really nice :)
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Thank you! I always see Balder as really fair. Even in death.
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Noss91 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
You're welcome (:
I don't know much about him, rather only that episode about his death and how it happened.
But I'm planning on making a drawing of him, so I'll be reading a bit more about him before starting ^^
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
I'd suggest reading the Edda and a bunch of mythology books. The whole whale thing is kinda my interpretation :)
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Noss91 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
I'd love to! (:
We have some old fairytale books here, really big and beautiful ones, with some viking stories (:
But I didn't get to read those, since there were many other fairytales from all around the world in there... But yeah, I'll have a look at it! Thanks for the suggestion! (:
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shannonott Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
just beautiful
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
:D
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Lady-Az Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
*whimpers*
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
:( *huggles* It'll be okay. He comes back.
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Lady-Az Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Bo: *whimper snuggle kiss*
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Jackdaw: *pets his ears* Don't cry! I get sad when people cry, and it's not good because they're sad too, and being sad isn't any fun.
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Lady-Az Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
bo: *sniffles* a-as long as you're okay... *clings*
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Jackdaw: *scratches his ears* I'm okay. Promise!
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Lady-Az Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
bo: *hugs him tight*
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XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Jackdaw: *feeds him raw bacon*
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