dIck mARTin Creative Artist
dIck mARTin Creative Artist
Ceramic Sculpture Nordic Mythology
The ancient Greek Gods were of the warm south, but in the north of Europe the Norse Gods reigned in equally ancient lands of ice and fire. The Norse deities and heroes seem to me to be carved from the landscape, craggy, more primitive and megalithic than the sun-bathed, elegant Greeks. While my initial inspiration comes from my love of Wagner’s take on aspects of the Nordic myths in his Ring Cycle - gods, goddesses and those magnificent Valkyries - further research illuminates an entire worldview of sagas from Iceland and Scaninavia, a true inspiration for sculpture.
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Frigg 1
Helwige and Siegrune are three of Wagner’s Valkyries in his Ring Cycle. The Valkyries were Odin’s daughters by the Earth Goddess Erda. They rode horses through the sky and chose which heroes would die in battle and be taken to Valhalla, Odin’s hall.
Freyja 1
Odin 1
Benandonner, the most powerful giant in Scotland, challenged the Irish Giant Finn McCool to a fight. Benandonner, tricked into thinking Finn McCool was much bigger than him, destroyed the Giant’s Causeway to stop Finn McCool from coming to Scotland.
Welsh Giant Rhitta Gawr held court on Snowdonia. He fought and defeated many giants and the twenty-six kings of Britain and their armies.He cut off the kings' beards and made them into a great cape to protect himself from the cold.
Finn McCool 1
Helmwige 48cm £285
Siegrune 50cm £285
Benandonner 44cm £285
Rhitta Gawr 47cm £285
Finn McCool 2
Gogmagog 1
Odin 2 47cm £295
Frigg 2 46cm £295
Freyja 2 48cm £295
Three of the most important of the Norse Deities, Odin (Wotan in Wagner’s Ring Cycle) is the chief god, the Allfather, who sacrificed an eye to gain wisdom. His wife is Frigg (Fricka), goddess of marriage, and her sister Freyja (Freia) is the goddess of love and beauty.
Gogmagog was a legendary English and Welsh giant. He lived around Cornwall and had such great strength that with one shake he could pull up an oak tree. He battled Corineus, who fought giants, at "Tottenesse."
Gogmagog 2 48cm £295