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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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FrostieFilly 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 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 Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid work sir :)
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mlpeters Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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magnusalpha 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 Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep - - Gandalf was based on both Odin and a Finnish god/wizard,  Väinämöinen.
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magnusalpha Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes.
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Suttungr Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Großartig!
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Awesome piece this is one of the best visual representations of odinn i have seen very well done! And thats for putting all the references in the image of our allfather, I think the hanging mans torso ya can see would of been a little more with the addition of the blood eagle. but maby that would of been over the top. Awesome work!
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mlpeters Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
Wasn't aiming for shocking gore (the Blood Eagle would have distracted from pretty much everything else)... more moody death imagery having to do with Odin being known as "the gallows god", both for how he hanged himself(though not necessarily by the neck - - accounts vary) in sacrifice to himself, from the world tree Yggdrasil, in his quest for knowledge and power... and how hanging was a method of sacrifice to Odin, like in the sacrifice of King Vikar.  The bodies and heads are enough - - they sort of blend in with the bone-like birches, dead leaves, the standing rune-stones and Odin, with his ravens and mounted on Sleipnir. 
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