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Using modern research Sam delves into the background and lore around the ancient Viking God, Ullr. Formerly thought to be a good of winter, hunting, and snow skis; it is discovered that Ullr was more likely a Viking Sun God. All of which is explored through Sam’s new painting “Ullr the Oath Holder.” Width: … Read more
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Using modern research Sam delves into the background and lore around the ancient Viking God, Ullr. Formerly thought to be a good of winter, hunting, and snow skis; it is discovered that Ullr was more likely a Viking Sun God. All of which is explored through Sam’s new painting “Ullr the Oath Holder.”
Height: 20 inches
Medium: Oil Paint
Surface: Strathmore 500 Series Archival Paper, mounted on Canvas Board
A Poem for Ullr
by Sam Flegal
Have you ever made a promise that you wanted to keep?
Words that you would bind yourself to?
An oath so strong that the weight of it was beyond your own ability to hold?
The hands of our ancestors reach back to a time when such oaths were held by a shining figure,
his promise in the sky,
a glorious one who stands on the edge of memory,
just outside of time and understanding.
We yearn to see his face,
But as we stare into the sun,
our mortal vision fails us.
He was a hunter and a king.
As such he bears the Crown of Winter.
Ullr the oath holder,
we call to thee.
Who now will hold these oaths?
The words we speak in earnest.
An honest time,
for honest people.
Ullr we call to thee.
Sam Flegal has been an illustrator since 2009, with clients that include the History Channel’s “True Monsters” and “The Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” from Paramount pictures. His work has been featured on Every Day Original and he has been a guest at numerous conventions including Dragon Con.
In his personal work, Sam focuses on “Fateful Signs,” a series of fantasy drawings and paintings that delve deep into the ancient lore of the Norse, bringing to light the insights of our ancestors in a way that connects to the emotional experience of modern people, all under the guise of epic fantasy glory. If Joseph Campbell guzzled a gallon of Heavy Metal, Fateful Signs is what you’d get.
Recently Sam has had great success with "The Illustrated Hávamál," and “The Illustrated Völuspá” both of which contain over a 1000 year old Viking poetry in a hardcover cloth bound manual with over 100 pages that explore the meaning behind this ancient collection of Norse wisdom and prophecy through a series of around one hundred meditative ink drawings. Funded through Kickstarter with great success, Sam has sold over 1000 copies of each book.