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Egil Recites The Poem- WIP by PlaidTidings Egil Recites The Poem- WIP by PlaidTidings
Is there a category for historical work? Feels odd placing the Saga pieces in 'People'...

Anywho...


Egil Skallagrimson is considered to have been a living embodiment of the Viking Ideal. He was a berserker, he pillaged and plundered, fought wars, practiced sorcery, and was an accomplished poet and healer. Egil's Saga, the history of Egil's life (and the lives of anyone that might have happened to be in an area at any given time before, during or after Egil passed through), holds a place as one of the better examples of literature of the time. A frightening thought considering just how tediously difficult a read the danged thing is.

Early on in his life he had the misfortune of running afoul of the king and queen of Norway. On one of his first forays out as a freebooter he and his company were given hospitality by a man who was a favorite of the queen's. They were given a minor slight by the man and, in a drunken fury, Egil slay him. His father had to go in person to the court of the king and basically bribe him to spare the life of Egil, his son. In return the king banished Egil from the country (no hardship as he lived in Iceland anyways). Many years later he came up again against the queen's resentment when his wife's father died, and he was denied her inheritance, even after a proper legal proceeding resulted in the conclusion that he had a right to his father-in-law's properties. Some time after Egil decided to make a peace offering, and was allowed before the king and queen that he might recite an epic poem, extolling the greatness of the king, the king's exploits, his reign, and the glory of Norway. The king took very kindly to the flattery and pardoned Egil, but the queen remained bitterly resentful towards Egil, and is said to have used her dark magics to curse him.


UPDATE: Not happy with the final shading, but there just wasn't time for anything better. -sigh-
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Bard-the-Seer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
The "minor slight" would that be the incident where Egil rewards his host, who lied to him, by vomiting in his face?
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I don't honestly recall the specific details. Reading the saga was so painfully tedious I wound up pulling my scenes from a summary instead.
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packstrap Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I'm in the middle of reading Egil's Saga, so this is pretty cool :)
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Woo! Someone who understands this scene's coolness factor! :D

...though I still feel bad for you, since it's a frighteningly obtuse read no matter which way you cut it
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packstrap Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:D

Ha ha, I know. But I love sagas!
Have you read Grettir's Saga?
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nooo... one ancient saga was FAR more than enough!
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packstrap Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
xD I can understand that. Did you have to read it for school or something?
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Last year of university we had to illustrate an historical person's life, and I wanted to do a viking.
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Aeonicentity Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Good design, well made!

On a historical re-enactor note, the clothes are more like that of the 1400's and 1500's, not the barbaric viking ages of the 800's-1100's. check out how these guys dress.
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I'm just a history nerd, so, don't mind me!
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
geez, where was that site when I needed it??

One question that I have though is what would the difference be between what everyday people wore and what a king would wear? I found a number of nice reference images of soldiers and the like, but went with a later era for the costumes because I couldn't discern a difference between a poor man's clothes and that of royalty.
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Aeonicentity Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Acessories. A king would use some kind of really fine cloth, he'd have little glass or gold beads or some kind of decoration sews into it. Embroidery, and patterns were expensive, and would often be found in rich men's clothing. Some people would literally take gold, pound it into a tiny wire, and have it sewn into their clothing. A set of clothing at that time could cost you the equivalent of $1000 for moderately well made clothing. Cheeper clothing may cost like $300.

So, little fascets, buttons, doodads, fringes, and embroidery are the best ways to show wealth.

I need to stop doing historical re-enactment >.<
More links for you:
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Store that sells medieval clothing
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Samples of embroidery
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General clothing archive
All good resources.
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp: You're awesome!
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Aeonicentity Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
this, I know =P
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TerrierGal Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Oh I like this one too! :D
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
looks great.....
im loving your work
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
welcome:):)
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