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Cu Chulainn by Tsabo6 Cu Chulainn by Tsabo6
ROUND #181:: Cú Chulainn

(c)Inca - Artofinca -
Alexander Nanitchkov

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progress soon in my sketchbook [link]

Cú Chulainn is an Irish hero from Celtic/Gaelic culture. He also appears in Scottish and Manx storytelling. He was a knight of the 1st century and often compared to Achilles in Greek Mythology. When enraged he would become a ‘bezerker’ as in Viking culture. He was slain in a fight and like El Cid in later history, was propped up in an heroic pose, spear in hand to strike fear into his enemies even after death, and it was only when a raven landed on his shoulder that his demise was revealed.

He was seen as an Irish hero, riding a chariot, and defending Ulster against usurpers including Queen Medb of Connaught and even appeared to Saint Patrick as a ghost.

Cú Chulainn‘s appearance is open to interpretation, but he is described as clean shaven, young ( he died at 27 ), and some tales tell he had seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot. And seven pupils in each eye. There is much description of him on his Wikipedia page, as there is of his life. There should be plenty of inspiration there in his adventures for an interesting version of this mythological hero.

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Tomaolykos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I know that, having fifty percent of Portugese blood in my veins, I would normally feel attracted to Welsh Mythology (since both Portuguese and Welsh descend from the Celtiberians), but I found out Welsh Mythology is just dumb, especially the bit about Bran the Blessed. Really, I read the summary of the tale, and I couldn't find any association to his raven namesake (unless if you consider his link with the ravens of the Tower of London), and what is this tale about? A giant king gives permission for an Irish king to wed his sister, then the giant king's half-brother maims the Irish king's horses, and the giant king gives his brother-in-law a cauldron that could revive the dead. But after the newly married couple return to Ireland the giant's half-brother's actions continue to insult the Irish king (EVEN AFTER HIS HORSES WERE SUPPOSEDLY RESTORED TO LIFE), to the point he banishes his wife to the kitchen. She manages to sent a message to her brother, and there is a battle. In the middle of the battle the giant King's half-brother manages to save the day by sacrificing himself to destroy the cauldron. THE ONE WHO CAUSED THIS MESS END UP AS A HERO! Look, if any Welsh or anyone with Welsh ancestry reads this I mean no offence, I am just telling what I think.

Now, Irish a mythology is a lot richer. It has cycles (Mythological, Ulster, Feanna and Historical), and gods and demigods, not just dumb giants quarreling for stupid reasons. And of its characters, my favorite is Cú Chulainn, who has a dog motiff to himself (A CLEAR ONE, NOT A PURE ETYMOLOGICAL ONE LIKE WITH BRAN THR BLESSED). His story is charming, and he is comparable to virtually uinvincible Greek heroes like Achilles and Hercules. But what attracted me to this character is really his dog motiff, since I identify myself with dogs in terms of personality.
lewisgunner1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
It would be cool if he had Chainmail sleeves
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah this owrk is so old
lewisgunner1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
thats cool:)
jezebellydancer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Ooh, I like it! I'm working on a novel which features Finn McCool (Fionn MacCumhaill). So many people only know the name because there is a chain of bar/restaurants blaspheming his name. I'd love to see your take on him.

I haven't done much reading about Cu Chulainn. I know know he spent some time on the Isle of Women and the Story of Cu Chulainn and Emer.
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, its an old work
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I liked genzoman's drawing better. Cu Chulainn looked like Conan in that picture. Your drawing makes him look more like Thor. And I kind of picture Cu Chulainn more as Conan than as Thor. In fact, I'm convinced that Cu Chulainn was Robert E. Howard's inspìration for Conan.
Tsabo6 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thats so old i should move it to scraps
MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good art!
FallenAngel918 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Well done artwork, but wasn't Cu Chulainn actually somewhat famous for NOT having a beard?
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