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celtic knotwork - Yggdrasil by vesner celtic knotwork - Yggdrasil by vesner

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Poetry to design.

A piece commissioned by WanderingPariah.
The tattoo is based on on Grímnismál - one of the poems from Poetic Edda, which together with Prose Edda are the most important sources of our knowledge about Norse mythology and Germanic legends.

If you have any problems with identifying the symbols:
  • Yggdrasil - "noblest of trees" - a immense holy ash tree that connects all the nine worlds of the Norse mythology.
  • Huginn and Muninn - in old norse "thought" and "memory". Two ravens flying around the world and bringing news to their master Odin.
  • Dáinn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr and Duraþrór - four stags (or harts) living in the treetop of Yggdrasil and gnawing on its branches. Their symbolic meaning is still unknown due to trouble with translating the original source but it's said they might be connected with the four elements, the four seasons or the phases of the moon.
  • Eagle and hawk Veðrfölnir - in the poem, the hawk is sitting between the eyes of the eagle. The two are an inseparable pair where hawk represents the power and eagle the wisdom.
  • Ratatosk - a squirrel messenger that runs up and down Yggdrasil to tell slanderous gossip and envious words, provoking the eagle and Nidhogg.
  • Hati and Sköll - sons of Fenrir Hróðvitnir. The two chase respectively chariots containing the sun and the moon. At Ragnarök, both Sköll and Hati will succeed in their quests catching and devouring them.
  • Fenrir - a monstrous wolf, one of the children of the giant Loki, foretold to kill the god Odin during the Ragnarök. Till then he's bound with a mythical rope Gleipnir on a an island Lyngvi (a place overgrown with heather).
  • Gleipnir - a rope or a chain created by dwarves for the very purpose of capturing Fenrir. It was made of the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, the sinews of a bear, the breath of a fish and the spittle of a bird.
  • Níðhöggr - a serpent, wyrm, dragon that lives under the Yggdrasil and gnaws on its roots.
  • Mjǫlnir - in this tattoo hidden in the general shape of the design - hammer of the thunder god Thor. The most powerful weapon in the world capable of leveling mountains.


Hope you like it!:meow:

The center of the design based on Exileden's lines in Ragnarok I

Back stock photo by 3dTomas
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Given 2011-06-16
celtic knotwork - Yggdrasil by =tanathe. The suggester says, "This is beyond incredible. The amount of detail and meaning put this design on a level of its own. The shape and placing on the back stock is wonderful and really helps you realize the enormity of skill that went into this. The eye never gets bored looking at this and each time sees something new. A rare gem and absolutely fantastic!" ( Suggested by RekaCryistall and Featured by BurgerBunny )
SuccubusLust Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
thats an amazing but of work
ramon1965 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I love that tattoo you can send me mail I like a lot for a tattoo thanks
RuggerBoi Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
WOW! I've been contemplating something like this, but haven't found anything that I really liked until I stumbled across this... 
Virllanda Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
 Oh my god... Absolutely stunning *-*
A-Loveless-Midnight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist
This is terrific. I wonder what you could do with other poems?
Phillip64 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Beautiful, so much detail and creativity. The lines are so crisp and your eyes are immediately drawn into the path of the knots. Very well done, thank you for sharing your work here. Simply amazing.
midnight-nightengale Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
best depiction of yggdrasil ever I loves you. 
MissMunin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Ermeth Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
In ancient times...
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people... the Druids

No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock... Of Stonehenge

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man's a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan


Stonehenge! 'Tis a magic place
Where the moon doth rise with a dragon's face
Stonehenge! Where the virgins lie
And the prayers of devils fill the midnight sky

And you my love, won't you take my hand?
We'll go back in time to that mystic land
Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow
I will take you there, I will show you how


And oh how they danced
The little children of Stonehenge
Beneath the haunted moon
For fear that daybreak might come too soon 

And where are they now?
The little children of Stonehenge 
And what would they say to us?
If we were here... tonight
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