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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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Ponyitalia12 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love this. The atmosphere is so dark and also kind of... dirty. I like it.
I also like these creatures and their stories.
It's so interesting!
I learned a lot more about these Northern Legends because of you and your games.
Thank you for that! ♥
Have a nice day! :aww:
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Thank you, Im glad you like it.
Ponyitalia12 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely do. :meow:
EtiHeline Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I love old world folklore. It makes you think and wonder and this work certainly does that.
ProudOfEverything Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
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
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you.
HumanoidBeing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this o: you have such wonderful pictures <3
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Thank you.
Moonlight-Shiba94 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Such beauty. Very dark. Much awesome. Wow.
chisa3 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
omg I love this it's so beautiful and dark
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