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Goddess Hel by Savu0211 Goddess Hel by Savu0211
Hel looks in my new Comic-project (I will curse it by drawing of all the flying bandages she wears (and maybe because of her hairdo) here sooner or later) Also in that story Hel is neither good nor evil, but as the goddess of death and resurrection she knows destiny of all and can read minds.

Her look here is different than from my other comics. Hel is described as a woman whose half of her body is as beauty as ugly than her other half. But it is never clearly said that if it is meant to be the right and the left half of her body or the upper and lower half. Some says she was a goodess with a beautiful face but with rotted legs and abdomen (personal I like that version more than the right and left faced Hel because that has a different meaning.) The beauty and the ugly in  the same face traditional stays for good and bad/evil - sides of a person - But Hel (as a neutrum) is beside good and evil. (In the Edda she became more evil because of the christianization and the connection with the idea of the christian hell (and the devil by being an offspring off Loki, who also be a victim of christianization and became the devil itself too etc)

I decided for that comic, she has a normal face of a woman and also a normal upper body, beside the fact that she is very pale (I mean she lives at a place far away of sun and light) but her abdomen and legs are rotten, what you hardly can see because of all her bandages. The idea of symbolic behind is  that in first case she is a woman or rather a female. But she is a goodess who isn`t able to give birth, because she is the death. She doesn`t need to have offsprings by being eternal and immortal. Biological reproduction only makes sense if you are mortal. The urge to transmit genes for the next generations only makes sense if your generation will die anytime. If you are not able to die, your genes also can`t die. For what sharing then?
Also a woman and her womb is often a symbol for (new) life - the death doesn`t need one, so Hel`s is rotten. 
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horst93walter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
that's awesome, one of my most favourite deities in the germanic mythology :)
i thinks she is one of the most misunderstood...
LokiLaufeyson515 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah :O
Flomaniaque Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
i love it
riverotter7 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank You!! Finally someone who believes in my thesis of Hel being a regular "person". I however, if you will pardon me, rather like the Lady and
Atanapotnia Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Love it!
Eotom Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I like your idea a lot!
xpegasus12 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Dark, creepy, and ethereally beautiful, you have truly captured the essence of the goddess of the Norse Underworld. 
Silverangeldreams Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Beautiful xxx
saintixe56 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
For whatever it's worth: I like this upper/lower half idea and will pursue on it.

Hel lower body is dead, right? Well dead to our eyes. Like when we look at the soil. W only see dead leaves, rotting animals, dirt, stones. Yet science tells us that far from dead, earth is full of life. Mineral life does exist.

Under the bandages of dirt and rot, as you say Hel can be seen as the goddess of resurrection. But resurrection is not given for us mortals to see. The baby in making is hidden by his mother's womb. Thus what comes next after death cannot be revealed.

Only Baldr her consort knows and he wont tell.

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Janaweijers Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Her design is beautiful! I really like your reason for making her lower half rotten. 
vildtiger Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like that idea, mostly the part where you say she´s neither good or evil
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist
That is a lot of really cool indepth thought you've put into it. The visual design is really cool to, I can see where those bandages would get very tiresome to draw though.
KikyouNez-sama Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So stunning... I've always imagined Hel something like that that you describe... neither good nor evil... she is just death
Animax1990 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
AWESOME!!! Great Job! I know you'll do an excellent comic 8D
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February 3, 2014
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