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Winter Goddess of the North by IndigoDesigns Winter Goddess of the North by IndigoDesigns
Skadi is the Viking Goddess of winter. Her name is said to mean shadow or shade. She is the Queen of the shades.

She is a huntress, a dark magician, a giantess Goddess, ruling especially over mountains, wilderness, winter, revenge, knowledge, damage, justice, and independence. It is said that she gifted hunters with the bow and the skill to use it. The scythe, wolves and venomous snakes are sacred to her. Also sacred to her are skates, skis and snowshoes. She often did her hunting while on skis. All of Scandinavia is named after the Goddess Skadi, and she is said to dwell in the high snow-covered mountains there.

Skadi is the daughter of the giant Thiazi. In one of her myths, her father Thiazi kidnaped the Goddess of youth, and then was killed by the Aesir who came to rescue the Youth Goddess. Skadi then went after the Aesir to get revenge for the death of her father.

To appease her, the Aesir said that she could choose any god to marry, but no god wanted her. Odin declared that she must choose a god as a husband anyway. There was a catch, though, and Skadi had to choose her husband by looking only at their feet. Bare feet are thought to be the ancient Norse symbol of fertility. Skadi was secretly in love with the most handsome of all Gods, Balder. Thinking that Balder would have the most beautiful feet, she chose the God with the cleanest, fairest feet. Instead of this being Balder, it turned out to be Njord, the homely God of the sea, and she wed him.

After they married there was some debate about whether they would live in his realm or hers. They decided to live nine days in her mountains and then nine days in his sea. After the eighteen days, the couple separated because they did not like each otherís domain.

After their separation, Skadi had several sons with the god Odin. Skadi also has close ties with the trickster god Loki. As part of her agreement with the Aesir, they not only allowed her to choose the god of her choice for a husband, but they also promised to make her laugh, since she had not laughed since her fatherís death. This task was given to Loki. In an effort to make her laugh, Loki tied one end of a rope to the beard of a goat, and the other end of the rope to his own testicles.

In some of the more negative tales of Skadi, she was named Mornir, the troll woman, and was said to have castrated and then collected the penises of heroes. It is said that offerings of menís blood were made to Skadi, symbolizing the blood of Loki that had fertilized her. Priestesses of Skadi were said to have bathed in blood as preparation for their rituals.

Skadi is not an evil Goddess, she symbolizes the many dark times that we all go through. She also symbolizes the primordial womb. Without the dark there is no light.

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darkconjurer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work °°°
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's my patron goddess!
I love how this whole portrait looks!
Thorskegga Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Tetravexitus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
torrents of blighted ice consume all but who are born of it, a revolting virus awaiting to be thawed.
TinaCaper Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOve the mythology, and the picture is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IndigoDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
:iconthankyouscript1::iconthankyouscript2::iconthankyouscript3: :icongrin--plz:
TinaCaper Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow that's an Epic thank you! Your welcome !
ChaosLogic Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
this is awesome. Only constructive criticism I have is maybe dull the colors on the eyes a little bit, its pretty sharp so they seem to not fit with the picture. Then maybe some depth of field to make the figure pop from the background and this image would be amazing! Otherwise awesome work.
IndigoDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011

Thanks for the critique! I actually only brightened the model's eyes with the dodge tool set to 14%, I did go back and edit her eyes down to be less intense.
I have been looking for something to give this image some depth, and I couldn't find anything I was very happy with. I ended up using snow, which kept her from looking like she's standing in front of a forest backdrop but I guess that's not enough to make her pop. I'm happy enough with the end result, but if you have any suggestions for the depth of field I'm open to it.

I'm glad you like it!
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