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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: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

Made in Photoshop, took about 2 hours to make.

Edit: Made it a bit more HD with thinner lines.
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pandagirl1465 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool I feel like it could pop out of the screen and drown me
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I-am-a-true-Chibi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Writer
This reminds me a bit of Dames Blanches (Which is part of French Mythology.)

Though not technically a monster, the Dames Blanches, or White Ladies, weren't the friendliest women on the bridge. Literally. They are beautiful women in white who meet young, strapping gentlemen who attempt to cross bridges. If one crosses her bridge, she will ask her to dance with him. If the gentleman accepts, she lets him pass with a smile and the courtesy of never seeing her bad side.


If he refuses, she may throw him off the bridge or get goblins, owls, cats and the like to torture him for a good while.

I suppose it's more like the Huldra,but the Nøkken is like the Huldra's male counterpart as I'm told,no?

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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Interesting.

No, Nøkken is not Huldras male counterpart. The male counterpart to Huldra is the Huldrekall, which is literally exactly the same thing as the Huldra only male.
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I-am-a-true-Chibi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Writer
Ah,I'm sorry. My knowledge on Nordic folklore isn't that keen. I suppose my French folklore is better. I'm going to search up the Huldrekall though,it sounds like an interesting folktale.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
No worries. Scandinavian folklore is quite obscure in the rest of the world compared to stuff like Greek mythology, British folklore and German folklore.
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I-am-a-true-Chibi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Writer
Okay. Onion Boy 6 
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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:
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Thank you, Im glad you like it.
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Ponyitalia12 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely do. :meow:
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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.
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