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Hana Běťáková

This is Karhu, North Polar Bear from Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien. He's such a funny and honest character, that I had to make a picture of him. As usual with me, I started the painting, left it somewhere and finished it after months... so then I realised, that the pattern on the carpet doesn't match with the perspective :-(   Fortunately, it's made by tempera, so eventually I can change it one day. I'm too lazy for that at the moment. I have learned recently, that his name means "bear" in Finnish. And that names of his nephews Paksu and Valkotukka really mean what Tolkien claims them to mean. Don't you think "bear" is such a basic word in most of European languages? It was the first word I have learned in Latvian - Latvian as a langugage, from which I know almost no words. (And, by the way, when I choose those things in picture theme -  is Karhu normal animal or something else? He's able to speak, walk on hind legs, is very strong and, as I remember, he's also invulnerable or immortal.)

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