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Noekken with his fiddle by Niobesnuppa Noekken with his fiddle by Niobesnuppa
Happy Halloween, guys!

To anyone who hasn't played the Nøkken Maker and doesn't know what Nøkken is: Nøkken is a sinister male freshwater spirit from Norwegian and Swedish folklore, but the one in this picture is based on the Norwegian version rather than the Swedish version. In most fairytales or songs about him Nøkken lives in a dark and creepy pond with lots of waterlilies, and he's very protective of the waterlilies because they're his garden, and picking a waterlily from his garden is just asking for trouble. He's known to play a violin very beautifully (said to be the best violinist in the world) and can put people in a trance with his music and lure them into the water where they drown. Nøkken is also often said to be a sad and lonely figure who laments his fate as an evil water spirit. Nøkken also knows when a tragedy will happen, like if someone is going to die at sea or kill themselves, and before the tragedy strikes he will let out nasty screams and sad moans in the night.

This was a very spontanious artwork I suddenly decided to do. I had originally just planned to upload the Nøkken Maker for Halloween and then that would be it, but for some reason I suddenly felt like making a Photoshop drawing of Nøkken as well, imitating to some degree the classical Kittelsen painting of him. He is a cool-looking fairytale monster, that's for sure.

Here's the classical painting this was inspired by:…

Made in Photoshop, took about 2 hours to make.

Edit: Made it a bit more HD with thinner lines.
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OmgOmgOmg. I'm Swedish and Näcken was always my favorite creature in local folklore (along with trolls and 'Skogsrået', which is a creature similar to the Huldra). You're the best! :D
HumanoidBeing Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this o: you have such wonderful pictures <3
Such beauty. Very dark. Much awesome. Wow.
chisa3 Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
omg I love this it's so beautiful and dark
That is SO beautiful and perfect for Halloween. I really love it <3
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
This is so gorgeous, great atmosphere you got there!
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