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The Grey God, Odin by mlpeters The Grey God, Odin by mlpeters
First off -- not Gandalf, even if the hat is kinda similar. It's just a wide brimmed, pointed, medieval hat -- in this case, worn by the Norse god Odin and it's brim pulled down, on one side, to hide his missing eye.

This picture is a little gruesome, but I don't think it quite dips into the "mature content" category, containing nothing you wouldn't find described in a thorough book of Norse myths. Sacrifices were made to Odin by hanging the victims to symbolize Odin hanging himself (but not necessarily by the neck) from the great World Tree Yggdrasil for nine nights to acquire knowledge of the runes (note the rune-carved stones). The heads at the bottom of the picture symbolize those killed in battle, whose spirits go to Valhalla and will eventually fight for Odin during the final battle of Ragnarok.

Odin is atop his eight legged horse, Sleipnir, and carries his spear, Gungnir. His ravens Hugin and Munin alight on his shoulders to tell him what they have seen on their flight.
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hxlxz2o Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  New member
awesome! How did u make that? Paint?
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mlpeters Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Professional General Artist
I drew it in pen&ink (dip pen and brush), made a full-size (11 x 17) photocopy on card stock, stretched the copy (tape it to a board, wet it, let it dry - - stretching the paper fibers, so it doesn't warp too much when painting), then paint with acrylic paints, used thin, like water-color and built up in layers.
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CristalGreen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Wow this is amazing, one of the best artworks of Odin I've seen, really well done! And love the drawing style.
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FrostieFilly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Besides being a great work of art, I love your attention to historical, archaeological, and mythological detail.
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mlpeters Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you - - I wanted to make it a complex and moody picture, with a lot of visual info, all centered on Odin.  Odin lends himself to that sort of picture, unlike Thor who is a lot more straight forward of a god.
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid work sir :)
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mlpeters Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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magnusalpha Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"not Gandalf, even if the hat is kinda similar. It's just a wide brimmed, pointed, medieval hat"

I think what you're saying here is "It's not Gandalf, they both just have the same medieval-type hat that was common," but actually Gandalf is *based* on Odin.
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mlpeters Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep - - Gandalf was based on both Odin and a Finnish god/wizard,  Väinämöinen.
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magnusalpha Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes.
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