Olaf Trygvasson had Seidmen Tied Up and Thrown on a Skerry at Ebb

Seidmen. Derived from an illustration by Halfdan Egedius for the Olaf Trygvasson saga by SnorreSeidmen

A volva is a seer in Norse mythology, and is usually a female although that is not always the case. A volva knows seidr, magic concerned with knowing and changing fate. Among the gods, Freyja was most skilled in seidr. She was not only a goddess of love but also of war, causing division and anguish and death. Seidr has connotations of unmanliness, but the god Odin consulted a volva and Loki learned the practice. Volur practiced seidr in the world of humans. During the Christianization of Norway, King Olaf Trygvasson had male practitioners, seidmen, tied up and thrown on a skerry at ebb.

The image is a concept I drafted for a graphic novella about Norse mythology and seidr. The image is based on an illustration by Halfdan Egedius for the Olaf Trygvasson saga by Snorre. In my work, seidr is associated with literacy, the rise of Christianity, and the downfall of the Norse gods. The handwriting in the image is a technique I am developing for line work. The content of the text comes from the translation of the saga by Finnur Jónsson.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Völva
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sejdmen.jpg

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