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Ymir the Frost Giant by AnimeMan90 Ymir the Frost Giant by AnimeMan90
Did a quick painting of the frost giant Ymir from the creation myth in Norse mythology as part of an animation for my Motion Graphics class.

Ymir was created when the venom flames from Muspellheim collided with the icy rivers that flowed from Niflheim. From him were created all the other frost giants, the first humans, and even the god Odin and his brothers.
When Odin rebelled against the giants, Ymir was killed, and his body became the earth, while his skull became the dome of the sky, trapping in it the fires that escaped from Muspellheim to become the sun, moon, and stars.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this interpretation of Ymir! Great painting. :D
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AnimeMan90 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I originally wanted to make him semi-transparent and ice-like, but I think I like the skin coloration and texture more.
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks properly grim! From what I've read, Odin killed Ymir because he killed the aurochs Audhumla, which brought forth Buri. Please do not think I am trying to steal any of your thunder, my friend. Just trying to share knowledge. :)
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AnimeMan90 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
c: very interesting! I didn't see an explanation as to why Odin rebelled when I was looking up the creation myth. Maybe I just skimmed past it..
I just figured it was a power struggle like Zeus and his father in Greek mythology.
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the myths were pretty badly corrupted when the Christians did their hostile takeover. For example, it was Hodr who slew the dragon Fafnir, not Sigurdr.
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