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Odin's Secrets by samflegal Odin's Secrets by samflegal
Odin knows things that other Gods and Men cannot fathom. His two ravens fly across the world each day and report back to him on the goings on of Midgard. One of his greatest resources for knowledge is the magical preserved head of Mimir, Dead God of Knowledge and Wisdom.

“He was clad in a blue cloak and gave his name as Grimnir (Hooded One), and said no more about himself though he was asked.” – Lay of Grimnir

Original Painting done in Oil.

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Please e-mail me at sam@samflegal.com
I have 18 x 24 limited edition prints for $80
and 12 x 16 prints for $30
Please e-mail me and tell me which size you want and I will send a pay pal invoice.
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Odin's Secrets by ~samflegal ( Suggested by Somaritan and Featured by ArtByCher )
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IloveSkrillex97 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow, this is awesome and super detailed *dies of amazement*
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samflegal Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Don't die!!!
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luchoinzunza Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice!!!
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samflegal Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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NOWDOACG Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!!
Hi Samflegal, we are having Monster Drawing Contest. We want to see monsters from YOUR culture, from your mythology! All participants win a Prize! Join us!
Thank you very much!
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Awesome :o
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samflegal Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
You are very welcome ! :)


Very talented work :nod:
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I heard someone put this up on a Pagan shrine. :)
When I get a job, Imma back you and Peter up on Patreon. Keep it up, man.
I tune in on One Fantastic Week. Inspiring. :D
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samflegal Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JohnAshleigh Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014   Writer
Very artistic indeed!
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:iconsamflegal:
samflegal Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Tuiridh Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Holy shit! This is badass!
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:iconsamflegal:
samflegal Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TnSabregirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
One of my favorites, Sam - glad to see it featured here. :-)
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks April!
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EmperorPlumo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
And to Oden's Court they sent Mimir's severed head! 
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice Quote!
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Congratulations, Sam! :clap:
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:iconsamflegal:
samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! and Thank You for featuring my art!
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BrokenEye3 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The expression and pose makes it seem like he's going "I love you, hideous screaming zombie head", which is both terrifying and hilarious
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
he he, thanks!
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
The severed head's a bit gross, but other than that superb work. Pity though that he doesn't have Gungnir or Sleipnir with him in the picture...still cool though.
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
To date I've tried to avoid doing horses. Their anatomy is very complicated, and I want to make sure to do it right. Also adding extra legs never makes anatomy easy. ;)
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Spider-Bat700 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Ah, that explains it. Yeah, horses are a pain to draw. What about Gungnir though?
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that one's simple, he had his hands full!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Nerdy-Viking Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Mimir is an interesting figure. I (from my own interpretations and personal religious views) believe Mimir to be the embodiment of Ymir's thoughts, or at least one of them given shape after his demise (the others I would say could be the Norns and a few of the witches like Gulveig and Angrbroda). Truly do I wish there was some detailed script that spoke of the War between Vanaheim and Asgard as I would love to know why exactly the Vana decapitated Mimir (besides the madness cursed on them).

That aside, I love how you make the head preserved rather than fully fleshed, it gives the sense that Mimir's head is an old artifact that Odin keeps close.

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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is exactly what I was going for! I imagine the head sitting on a shelf in Odin's study collecting dust, until it starts mutter some future doom, or Odin needs to chat with it.
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Nerdy-Viking Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
as I recall after the head was sent to him Odin kept it either in his tower or his personal hall where only he could speak with it
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
True
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HappilyDayzed Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought Odin sacrificed his right eye to Mimir, in exchange for a drink from the Well of Wisdom?
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
He did. Although it other stories it's his left. Later in the myth cycle is the story of Mimir's demise. It's in the Heimskringla by Snorri Sturluson.
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TurtleEmpathy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love Odin's pose!
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AxelofEaldormere Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Your work on the Norse Gods is a fitting tribute to their many awesome stories. Keep up the excellent work.
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love the Gods!
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CrimsonWolf1 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What a great tribute! His wrinkles are perfection!
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Callego Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting how he is listening to the skull, not the mouth-- which seems like it would fit somehow with the logic of learning from a decapitated head (which, after all, has no breath). Neat interpretation!
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is wonderful to see a work of Art with this sort of subject matter, in traditional oils, get a Daily Deviation!

Outstanding work. Well done! 
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love traditional painting too!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional
very nice work
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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karichristensen Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional
Go Sam!! Looks great.
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Kari!
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AquaGalaxy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
congratulations on getting a dd! c: :iconasdfghplz:
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samflegal Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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