The Forging of Grichælu

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Rick Mothershed

"For three days and nights she labored, pounding the unrelenting metal into a spear blade... it is said of  Grichælu, that as  Bjæwn forged it, she wept for her brother, Ecgtheow, and in her tears was bound up her hatred of the witch, and so the spear itself hungered for her blood above all else"         - The Legend of Bjæwn na Reonamæ   Picture of Bjæwn na Reonamæ, the national hero of Kyrzhik, a fictional eastern European nation from my various writings. According to the legend, Bjæwn and her brother were of the waelcyrgen, immortal beings who were forged from iron in heaven itself, and sent to earth as protectors of the righteous. There was a witch living in the area that  Bjæwn and Ecgtheow defended. The witch knew that she could not kill them herself, and all of her evil beasts fell to them. So to rid herself of this blight of good on her evil land, she laid a spell on  Bjæwn, and fooled her into killing her own brother. As soon as  Bjæwn had killed him, she realized what she had done, and who had caused her to do this heinous deed, but she didn't know where to find the witch. After hundreds of years of searching, she found the witch and fought her. But her spear broke in the battle, and the witch escaped. Now she is forging a new spear that will help her to hunt the witch, and is imbued with such hatred that nothing can stop it from completing its task.Saw some picture with the subject backlit, wanted to try my hand at it, in a rather stylistic way.   I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.I'm very new to drawing any kind of shading, so don't go overboard on the critisism, please. The picture is small and crappy, I know, but since I'm in Iraq, I don't really have a scanner, so I had to take a picture with my camera. I promise it looks better in real life.   Done with ballpoint pens and mechanical pencils. 


Published More than a year ago

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