John Bauer’s Godsaga


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.


Fenrir and Tyr.


Freyja and Svipdag.

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The art of John Bauer, 1882–1918


A Young Prince Went Riding out in the Moonlight.

A Swedish artist whose fairytale illustrations were an influence upon later book illustrators from Arthur Rackham to Brian Froud. More pictures here and yet more at Art Passions.

Bud Plant’s John Bauer page
The John Bauer Museum



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