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Gwyn ap Nudd by Taurina Gwyn ap Nudd by Taurina
Lord of The Faeries and Ruler of Annwn (the Underworld ).


EDIT: i had to change the file because i worked more on this and i think it looks better than before. Reason, i made the mistake of using a texture from a stock account that does not allow commercial use. Thank the Gods because i like it more now.


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Another Version of Cernunnos or Oberon, or Pan or Hades, Osiris or Thanatos, Yama or Ah Puch, Dionysos or Baccus, Veles or Sucellus, Porewit or Triglav, Mors or Pluto, Moloch or whatever you like to call him :giggle:


It's been a while since i made a manip so this was kind of refreshing.
Horns: :iconredheadstock:
Texture: :iconarmathor-stock:

Man: my little brother Axl. Great model :)


Hystory of Underworld Gods, wich is interesting to notice that they have in common: Sleep, Death, spirituality, rest, Fairies, Twins, Sun, Youth, Fertility, Goats, Horns, trees and minerals and shared a dark mystery about them all:


Gwyn ap Nydd: In Welsh mythology, Gwyn or Gwynn ap Nydd was the ruler of Annwn (the Underworld). He escorted the souls of the dead there, and led a pack of supernatural hounds.
Gwyn: "white" but with the connotations of "fair," and "blessed" or "holy."
Son of the war god (Nudd/Lludd). King of the Fairies, Lord of the Otherworld (identified with Avalon/Glastonbury) or Underworld (identified with Annwfn/Uffern), leader of the Wild Hunt. Aslo called Gwyn ap Nuad, Winter God, Gwyn ap Nuad is a God of war, death and the hunt and the patron God of fallen warriors. His name means "white son of Darkness" since he is the son of the sun/death God Llud. Gwyn ap Nuad appears in a flowing gray cloak and rides upon a pale wild white horse following the hounds during the midwinter Wild Hunts. In some of the tales, his hounds are pictured as three in number - with one hound red, one black and one white. being the three hounds the three months of winter.


Cernunnos: is a Celtic god whose representations were widespread in the ancient Celtic world. As a horned god, Cernunnos is associated with horned male animals, especially stags and the ram-headed snake; this and other attributes associate him with produce and fertility. Related with the sun, the Green Man and the Wild Hunt.


Oberon: Oberon is the king of the fairies in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream who is feuding with his wife Titania, the queen of the fairies. They are fighting over a baby that Oberon wants to raise as his henchman. Titania wants to keep the baby because he is the child of Titania's mortal friend who died, and Titania wants to raise the child for her friend. Because Oberon and Titania are powerful fairies, their arguments affect the weather. He represents the most primal and darkest side of nature, the secrets, the mysteries, the night, hidden treasures, trickery, intelligence, cold. while Titania represents the joy, the light, kindness and pureness of the soul, vanity, laughter, warmth, honesty, young life and wisdom.

Pan: is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music: paein means to pasture. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. Pan inspired sudden fear in lonely places, was later known for his music, capable of arousing inspiration, sexuality, or panic, depending on his intentions.

Hades: the god of the underworld, was a son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea. Despite modern connotations of death as "evil", Hades was actually more altruistically inclined in mythology. Hades was often portrayed as passive rather than evil; his role was often maintaining relative balance.
Hades ruled the dead, assisted by others over whom he had complete authority. Hades, god of the dead, was a fearsome figure to those still living; in no hurry to meet him, they were reticent to swear oaths in his name. To many, simply to say the word "Hades" was frightening.

Osiris: is the Egyptian god of life, death, and fertility. He was widely worshiped until the forcible suppression of paganism in the Christian era. Osiris was not only the redeemer and merciful judge of the dead in the afterlife, but also the underworld agency that granted all life, including sprouting vegetation and the fertile flooding of the Nile River

Thanatos: In Greek mythology, Thanatos (in Ancient Greek, θάνατος – "Death") was the Daimon personification of Death and Mortality. Usually portrayed as a winged young man, twin brother of Hypnos, god of sleep, ( Morpheus is his chief minister and prevents noises from waking him). In Sparta, the image of Hypnos was always put near that of death.: "And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven. And the former of them roams peacefully over the earth and the sea's broad back and is kindly to men; but the other has a heart of iron, and his spirit within him is pitiless as bronze: whomsoever of men he has once seized he holds fast: and he is hateful even to the deathless gods.

Yama: He is the son of Surya (Sun), also known as Yamarāja in India, Yanluowang or simply Yan in China, and Enma Dai-Ō in Japan, is the lord of death, first recorded in the Vedas. Yama belongs to an early stratum of Vedic mythology. In Vedic tradition Yama was considered to have been the first mortal who died and espied the way to the celestial abodes, and in virtue of precedence he became the ruler of the departed. Yama's name can be interpreted to mean "twin", and in some myths he is paired with a twin sister Yamī.

Ah Puch: In Maya mythology, Ah Puch was the God of death and King of Metnal, the underworld. He was depicted as a skeleton or corpse adorned with bells, sometimes the head of an owl; even today, some Mexicans and Central Americans believe that an owl's screeches signify imminent death, as the following saying, indicates:

(When the great owl sings, the Indian dies)

Dionysus: the Greek god of wine, known as Bacchus to Romans, presided over communication between the living and the dead. Dionysus is strongly associated with the satyrs, centaurs, and the sileni.


Veles: Ancient Slavs viewed their world as a huge tree, with the treetop and branches representing the heavenly abode of gods and the world of mortals, whilst the roots represented the underworld. And while Perun, seen as a hawk or eagle sitting on a tallest branch of tree, was believed to be ruler of heaven and living world, Veles, seen as a huge serpent coiling around the roots, was ruling the world of dead.

Sucellus: or Sucellos was the god of agriculture, forests and alcoholic drinks of the Gauls, being the alcoholic toxicity related with sleep and sleep with death.


Porewit: (also spelled Borevit, Borewit or Prove) was the god of the woods in the Slavic mythology. He is akin to the Greek Pan and the Roman Faunus and Silvanus.
He was represented as a bearded man or in the form of a he-goat, usually provided with deer horns and big genitalia, symbols of fertility and nature. He took care of the voyagers who went lost in the woods and punished the ones who destroyed trees or maltreated animals. Borevit was capable of modify his height to adapt it to the surrounding landscape: he was short next to a mushroom, high and imposing next to a tree.


Triglav: is depicted as a three-headed man sometimes with bands of (gold) blindfolds over his eyes, or a man with three goat heads. Several temples dedicated to Triglav existed near Szczecin, Poland. During the period of Christianization, these temples and statues of Triglav were completely destroyed. Triglav's heads represent sky, earth and the Underworld. Some priests said that Triglav has three heads because he rules all three kingdoms (sky, earth and hell) and has a binding over his eyes so he could not see people's sins. His eyes are said to possess great power (that's why all eyes on his statues are covered).

Mors: In Roman mythology, Mors is the personification of death and equivalent to the Greek Thanatos. He is the son of the goddess of night, Nox, and is the brother of the personification of sleep, Somnus.


Pluto: Roman God, was originally not the god of the underworld. Pluto is cognate with the Greek word "Ploutos" (wealth, cf. plutocracy), and, under the original name Plutus, was considered by the Romans as the giver of gold, silver, and other subterranean substances. Because these "gifts" were mined, Pluto became recognized as the god of the physical underworld, which in turn helped him become recognized as the god of the spiritual underworld and thus death.

Moloch: Like some other gods and demons found in the Bible, Moloch appears as part of medieval demonology, as a Prince of Hell. This Moloch finds particular pleasure in making mothers weep; for he specialises in stealing their children. According to some 16th century demonologists Moloch's power is stronger in October ( Samhain, or Wild Hunt ). It is likely that the motif of stealing children was inspired by the traditional understanding that babies were sacrificed to Moloch.
It is interesting to see how this attitude where also attributed to elves and goblins and some other forest spirits by the Christians in medieval era.


source: Wikipedia and several texts of many Magic books i own. ( too many to make a list here)
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eilonwe Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just really like this... It drew me in.  Thank you, it's beautiful! 
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robbinbott Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow would you be able to do a book cover? if so I would give you the credit. The title is
The Sister's Three   and it is for my Wattpad works and the user name is the same. IF you would like to read it first the link is www.wattpad.com/42978975-the-s… please let me know and thanks
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Taurina Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I could but i no longer take requests. I´m chronically ill and it takes me time to make art, so you must understand i need compensation for my time and dedication. :)
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Dragonloverxxl12 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is very... attractive!
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Taurina Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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FedersStrich Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My god...that's incedible!:love::heart:
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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FedersStrich Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
really my pleasure,you´re work ist stunning!:heart:
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it-will-always-rain Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your link doesn't work >.>
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CrisCeltic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Amazing!
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IndigoDesigns Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
So beautiful! Very well done!
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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shadowleoparddreams Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Beautifully done!
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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shadowleoparddreams Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
You are most welcome. :D
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philyon Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
this is great and i love all the info on the horned ones
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i did what i could with the info, i know there must be more...
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning and brilliant masterpiece!
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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DmitriSalazar Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
MINE! *steals*
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Taurina Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh no! *runs after them*
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DmitriSalazar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Tee hee. your never get them! :D well you can haz them. I loves someone<3 kthxbai! :D
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Taurina Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ahahaha
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DmitriSalazar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
This is really sexy ^-^ I love the Horned One(s), they in some odd way turn me on. o.o
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
me too, but in this case i can´t because the model i sue is my little brother :D

But yeah i know what you mean.
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DmitriSalazar Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
can i have him? :D
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe? shall i ask him if you can have him? :lol:
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DmitriSalazar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
yes, yes you can :D
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Taurina Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
he said hahahaha :lol:
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DmitriSalazar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
so i can haz yer brother? :3
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Taurina Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you should ask him.... but he is just 17 :D
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NTGreen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!!! Great emotion captured a simple image with a lot of depth ... hard to do! :clap:
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Taurina Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow: :lol:
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Farfalla-Dea Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. Really lovely. He's dark but yet seems to have a softer side.
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Taurina Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: :blowkiss:
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nostalgic-reveur Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Student General Artist
beautiful
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Taurina Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much!
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DragonsHollow Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
if you like slash harry potter stories then check out faith by jezebel_rizing or dragongirl16 on live journal or fan fiction, if you dont like reading that kind thing dont bother looking but if you do, that's a good one to read.
the story also includes Fionn McCummhail (think thats how its spelt,Brenn, Roserta, The Morrigan....loads more.
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Taurina Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thanks
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chutkat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Artist
oh! that's really nice
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Taurina Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks
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DelaneyLaFae Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Beautiful! Looks magical!
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:icontaurina:
Taurina Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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Karaeborg Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
This is absolutely gorgeous, I love the colours and contrast used and how the horns are highlighted. The texture use is lovely, and so is your model's hair. (: I really like his hair.

And thank you for your detailed description, I got to learn a little more about these gods, particularly I learned a little more about Thanatos from the quote you placed at the end. I love learning about the Celtic gods though :D

Thank you!
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Taurina Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too, i will have more time for research later this year, i hope i can learn new things and reinforce what i have learned already. I feel very pationate about culture.

Yes lovely hair, i wish i had it that long once again just like him, but it takes so awfully long :S
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Karaeborg Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
Indeed. My hair used to be long, but it was so awfully heavy I just had to get it cut.

And thank you for taking the time to reply ;) not too many artists do.
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Taurina Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hehehe, well, it happens my hair is very heavy too, specially if i have it in dreadlocks :S
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LunarSymphony Featured By Owner May 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! :dance:
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Taurina Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:dance:
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Cutepichan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
wow GREAT WORK!! XD
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