Ull, Norse God of Winter, Archery, Hunting, Skiers & Snowshoes

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Agnes Olson

Ull ('Glorious') was famous for his marksmanship, and well for known for being astonishingly quick on snowshoes, and skis. His weapon was a longbow made out of Yew, a mighty shield that he could transform at will into a vessel to cross the seas, and rune engraved bones that he could use to cross waters (skates?). He also had a magic finger ring the mortals used to swear on. He lived in his castle at Ydal (Yew Dales), a place of pleasant dales where the yew trees grew. Ull is the son of the golden-haired Sif and the stepson of the god Thor. It is unsure who his father is. Some say it’s Orvandil the Archer. Ull was husband to Skadi; whom he spent the winters hunting with her, and the summers in Helheim with Hel. According to one myth, Ull had reigned as head of the Aesir for a period of ten years while Odin was banished by the other gods for disguising himself as an older woman to trick Rind to giving birth to Balder’s avenger. On Odin's return, Ull went and learned the art of magic and became a powerful sorcerer. After I drew this, I outlined it in Illustrator and did everything else in Photoshop.

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