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Agnes D. Olson

"Heimdall, The Watchman of the Gods" by Agnes D. Olson

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Heimdall was the god of light and the beneficial use of fire. He was also known as the white god because he wore white and shined brightly. He wore a helmet with a set of ram’s horns and because of his shining, golden teeth he was also called Gullintani ('gold tooth'). His hall was Himinbjorg (The Cliffs of Heaven), his white horse was Gulltop (Golden Mane), and his shining sword was called Hofuth (Man’s Head). He was armed with a great horn called Giallarhorn (Clanging Horn) which he had only to make the slightest breath into the horn for it to unleash a sound so deafening that it could wake all Nine Worlds with one blast. Heimdall kept the horn buried deep in the branches of Yggdrasil, above his head. It would one day be used to announce the coming of Ragnarok (the Norse version of Armageddon). His father was Odin and his mothers were the Nine Waves. One day, Odin was walking along the shore. He came across the nine giantesses relaxing on the beach. Their names were Gjalp, Greip, Egia, Augeia, Ulfrun, Aurgiafa, Sindur, Atla and Iarnsaxa. They were the daughters of Aegir and Ran (the giant gods of the sea). Odin was so taken by their beauty that he decided to seduce each one, then and there. The Nine Waves traveled to the ends of the world and combined to bring forth one son, called Heimdall. The nine mothers raised their baby on the strength of the earth, the moisture of the sea, the heat of the sun, and the blood of a boar. As a result of this diet, Heimdall grew to full size in only a few days and soon traveled to Asgard to be reunited with his father. The gods had erected Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge between the heavens and the earth and used it as a highway among the Nine Worlds. It was built from water, air, and its edges were protected by fire. The gods soon feared the giants would try and cross and break into Asgard, so they eventually decided on selecting a guard to stand watch and sound the warning if the giants attempted to invade. It was Heimdall who gladly volunteered to keep vigilant watch over the rainbow bridge and to prevent the giants from forcing their way into Asgard. He was best suited for the job because he required less sleep than a bird, could see a hundred miles around him (by night as well as by day) and his hearing was so accurate that no sound escaped him…he could even hear the grass grow or the wool growing on a sheep's back. As the god Rig ('ruler'), He traveled to Midgard and visited three childless couples, whom he charmed with his manner and words, and by which he fathered three sons. These sons become the heads of the households whose families give rise to the three classes of Norse society: the serfs (by the son Thrall), the peasants (by the son Karl), and the warriors (by the son and Jarl, whom he taught the secret of the runes). At Ragnarok he will kill his age-old enemy, Loki, but will die himself from his wounds. After I drew this, I scanned it and outlined it in Illustrator and did additional effects in Adobe Photoshop and Eye Candy.


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11 May 200345 Anonymous
Oh yeah, and he won't be on the internet much either.
11 May 200345 Anonymous
He means that he liked it,but thought it was freaky. Then he goes on to say that he was just about to "get it on" with his chair. I loved the art!!!
26 May 200345 Marcus Nigeus
Its a great picture, but I had always imagined the bridge to be more of the icy cold-feeling way, but the fire around the bridge is great. I also think that the armor he is wearing looks a little too much sci-fi, maybe you should look into viking-armors a little more and then try to make a version of those that would fit a god.

:-) Agnes D. Olson replies: "Hi Marcus, thanks for your comments! Yes, I'm hoping to take some time and revise this picture as well as the rainbow ... it all comes from reading way too many Thor comic books when I was a kid!"
28 May 2003:-) Amber L. 'Vaya' Hill
Cool. Apparently some one has looked into mythology much more than I have.
12 Oct 200345 TordnKriger
Good job... again the armor could be made better... Please do not take it in a wrong way! I love your artwork! but it looks like he's wearing UnderArmor(r) instead of some sort of Vikinga Vest...

Wassail!
Gonz

3 Agnes D. Olson replies: "Thanks again for your comments! This pic will be going thru an "overhaul" soon ... I will be making him more "norse". LOL, if you read my reply to Nigel, I make the comment that Heimdall looks like he's wearing tights because I read one too many Thor comic books when I was a child! Poor Heimdall!!!"
30 Nov 200445 Anonymous
Wow! Very nice picture I like the rainbow bridge with fire.
I think you could have drawn the armor a little better, but it looks good anyway.
14 Aug 2005:-) Jakob Burrows
Wow... That is a lot of information! My information may be a bit rusty, but I though that Heimdall was sent to Midgård (or Midgaard, or whatever you prefer to call it) as a child to teach them. The gods did this because they saw the stupidity of the humans, and therefore let him drink from Mimurs well every day for a certain period and then sent him off in a boat.

He was adopted by some family and taught the humans all kinds of stuff, had three sons ect. ect. Anyway... I liked the picture -though I prefer hand made ones (like my own pics) to computer made.
3 Nov 200645 Swampy
The Guardian of The Rainbow bridge is often over looked!
oo in case you havent figured it out yet I am Asatru!
3 Apr 200745 Lord Frydae XIII
Wow! I always thought of heimdall as a guy with a horn slung to his back and a pot belly. I like the horn (on the helmet) with the snake-like effect.
29 Jun 200745 Woten
Heimdall was depicted as the only heavy armored personell in Norse mythology from what I understood. Norse, believe in watchman people being armored because solitare watchmen were of the norse people. So, they wore the most armor as well as a horn till back up came....
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'Heimdall, The Watchman of the Gods':
 • Created by: :-) Agnes D. Olson
 • Copyright: ©Agnes D. Olson. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Asgard, Bifrost, Giant, Giantess, Giantesses, Heimdall, Horse, Loki, Mythology, Nine, Norse, Odin, Ragnarok, Rainbow, Ram, Rig, Runes, Waves, White
 • Categories: Man, Men, Warrior, Fighter, Mercenary, Knights, Paladins
 • Techniques: Computer-coloured Picture, Computer Program, Other Computer Paint Program
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 • Resolution: 340x440

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