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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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topiel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
What a splendid job! Theodor  Kittelsen's 'Nøkken' is my all time favourite piece of visual art.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Thank you.
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pandagirl1465 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  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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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
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you.
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HumanoidBeing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this o: you have such wonderful pictures <3
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:iconniobesnuppa:
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Thank you.
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Moonlight-Shiba94 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Such beauty. Very dark. Much awesome. Wow.
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chisa3 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Artist
omg I love this it's so beautiful and dark
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:iconniobesnuppa:
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Thank you.
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KittyMarspian Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
That is SO beautiful and perfect for Halloween. I really love it <3
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
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Pearlsdiner Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
This is so gorgeous, great atmosphere you got there!
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Thank you.
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Dorsel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So. Awesome. I...I can't tell something more  .___. Sorry, but I really delighted with it. And I bad at English... 
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
No worries. I'm glad you like it.
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

This is so scenic and so beautiful captured.

Wonderful job.

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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thank you.
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome.  Matter of fact, I am playing your Dress up game now. :)
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GaleHollows Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome, I love the Nøkke
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thanks.
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HPCRA-Z Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I FLIPPIN' LOVE THIS!!!w00t! #1 Worship +favlove 
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Thanks!
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beau7171 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
gulp, this is scary
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:iconniobesnuppa:
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
It's supposed to be.
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Princess-Of-Zombies Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
nice!!!! love his fiddle!!!
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:iconniobesnuppa:
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Thanks.
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Princess-Of-Zombies Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome :3
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SailorSun1998 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
Well, now I know what I'm afraid of. Ancient norse creatures that (hopefully and probably) don't even exist. 
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Yep. Nøkken's a pretty scary dude.
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SailorSun1998 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Writer
That he is. And my cousin (who happens to be both Swedish AND Norwegian and lives in that area) told me a little about them. Not all of them are evil, some are just lonely and want company. But other than that, your description is spot on.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
They must've gotten him a bit mixed up, then, 'cause the main difference between Nøkken and a similar creature called Fossegrimen (Strömkarlen in Swedish) is that Nøkken is cruel and bloodthirsty while Fossegrimen is harmless.
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SailorSun1998 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Writer
Ah, I see. I'll text him about it. Thanks for the assist!
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AlyOh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:sing: Deep in the mist you can hear him softly playing his strings in order to snatch your soul far away. Deep in the mist you reveal him, a naked shape of peace as he plays you a song to lure you to stay.

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Tecnicsur Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you compare the Nokkens to Ikuto (from Shugo Chara) they are very similar...
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
I don't even know what that is, I don't watch Japanese cartoons. Also, it's "Nøkken", not "Nokkens".
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Tecnicsur Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes more sense if you get into the show...Also I'm sorry about the spelling error, I had no idea how to type that out with the proper 2nd character.
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Tecnicsur Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SO beautiful by the way! I can see you going far with talent like this.:adore: 
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fazzygrl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, Scandinavian folklore is so cool! There's always so many fascinating creatures.. I love your artwork. Very surreal and a little sinister..
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Thank you, I'm glad you think so. :)
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fazzygrl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome! :D
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