John Bauer’s Godsaga

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Awake Gróa, Awake Mother.

The book is Our Fathers’ Godsaga (1911), tales of the Norse gods by Viktor Rydberg. The illustrations are by Swedish artist John Bauer (1882–1918), and may be seen at a larger size here. Bauer’s drawing of Gróa makes me think of the opening scene of David Rudkin’s television film Artemis 81, a drama that involves attempts to wake a more potentially destructive Earth Mother.

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Fenrir and Tyr.

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Freyja and Svipdag.

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Idunn and Loki.

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Loki finds Gullveig’s Heart.

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Odin and Sleipnir.

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Svipdag speaks with Thokk.

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Svipdag transformed.

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One thought on “John Bauer’s Godsaga”

  1. Bauer’s drawing of Gróa makes me think of the opening scene of David Rudkin’s television film

    I’m seeing the influence of Kupka’s “Black Idol”.

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