The shieldmaidens - skjoldmøer

Hervor dying after the battle with the Huns.
A painting by Peter Nicolai Arbo (1831-1892)

A shieldmaiden was a woman who had chosen to fight as a
warrior in Scandinavian folklore and mythology. The mythical
Valkyries may have been based on the shieldmaidens. According
to Saxo Grammaticus, 300 shieldmaidens fought on the Danish side
at the Battle of Bråvalla, in the year 750. Saxo also records an account
of Lathgertha who fought in battle for Ragnar Lodbrok and saved
him from defeat through personally leading a flanking attack

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Robert Engels (1866-1920):
The hero Helgi Hundingsbane holds a
sword and looks to his lover, the valkyrie Sigrún,
who holds a spear and a shield

From Urnes Stave Church,
in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway.
The church was built around 1130 or shortly
thereafter, and still stands in its original location;
it is believed to be the oldest of its kind.


It's time for a holiday...

It is time for me to take a summer holiday.
See you in a week. I hope you'll enjoy your
summer till I see you again...and take care!!

On the back of a dolphin...

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528):
Arion, the Poet riding a Dolphin, ca. 1514

'Cupid riding on a Dolphin'
by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

'Arion Riding on a Dolphin'

Francesco Bianchi (active 1481-1510)
'Arion Riding on a Dolphin'

Handmade clay dolphin necklace

This is a beautiful handmade stylized dolphin
pendant. The design of this dolphin is in the ancient style
often seen on early nautical maps

White Cliff, Etsy

The wise bird...

The modern West generally associates owls with wisdom.
This link goes back at least as far as Ancient Greece, where
Athens, noted for art and scholarship, and Athena, Athens' patron
goddess and the goddess of wisdom, had the owl as a symbol

Wise Owl on Books, clip art

Todo Brennan: 'The Book Owl'
Purchase a print here


Wise Owl clip art


A sweet book cover...

'Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche.
Ein Volksbuch für Jung und Alt', 1881
Purchase the book here

Red and grey...

Necklace made of gray rainbow shell
and a red scarlet red ceramic bead
Dreams Factory, Etsy

ReD rectangular earrings
aforfebre, Etsy

Arpad Schmidhammer (1857-1921)

The book cover and two illustrations
from 'Der verlorene Pfennig', 1941 ed.
Purchase it here

book illustration, 1930 ed.

Die Gartenlaube, 1897

'Guck hinein!' Children's book, 1911

Einar Nerman (1888-1983)


Fairy Tales, 1946


'Nixis Erlebnisse im Waldsee'

'Nixis Erlebnisse im Waldsee'
by Annelies Umlauf-Lamatsch
illustrated by Hans Lang
Deutscher Verlag für Jugend und Volk, 1943

Purchase the book here

'The Mermaid'

Leo Putz: 'The Mermaid', ca. 1900

Embroidered falling stars pocket journal

A pocket-sized journal (moleskine) to record all your
musings on life, to do lists, or plots for world domination. And
most definitely pretty enough to give to a friend

My Hideaway, Etsy

Shooting stars

Felix Maurice Charpentier (1858-1924)
'Shooting Star'. Bronze

Jean-François Millet: 'The Shooting Stars', 1847


by Sulamith Wülfing (1901-89)


Valravn - raven of the slain

Christian Skredsvig (1854-1924)
Study for 'Ola Velland', 1896


In Danish folklore, a valravn (raven of the slain) is a supernatural
raven. The ravens appear in traditional Danish folksongs, where they
are described as originating from ravens who consume the bodies of the
dead on the battlefield, as capable of turning into the form of a knight after
consuming the heart of a child, and, alternately, as half-wolf and half-raven
creatures. According to Danish folklore recorded in the late 1800s, when a
king or chieftain was killed in battle and not found and buried, ravens
came and ate him. The ravens became valravne. The valravne that
ate the king's heart gained human knowledge and could perform
great malicious acts, could lead people astray, had superhuman
powers, and were 'terrible animals'. In another account, a
valravn is described as a peaceless soul in search of
redemption that flies by night (but never day)
and can only free itself from its animal
countenance by consuming the
blood of a child

by Edward Okuń (1872–1945)

John Bauer (1882–1918)

An old Mountain Troll, 1904