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Onward by Kurt Heller

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Loki The Fox, 2015. 

There are some memories that bring tears to my eyes. I remember the connection I made with Loki, a beautiful wild arctic fox on the southern coast of Iceland. For some reason, he trusted me as if I was one of his one. I spent nearly two hours in these mossy hills playing with Loki as he batted his front paws up into the sky, hiding around the rocks waiting for me to find him, and putting his cold nose onto my cheek.

Even when writing about this experience and sharing this story, it seems way too surreal to actually have happened. Loki is a constant reminder and inspiration to live each beautiful day alive and with love.

"I'm sick of Nordic mythology"

I know the Hollywood dream machine has been chewing up Nordic mythology, folklore and culture and spat it out at you all for a while now in the form of Lord of The Rings, Frozen, Marvel Thor, and so on, but I feel like people forget not everybody on the Internet are “Americans riding the hype train” or whatever.

I get more and more people commenting and tagging my drawings with things like “I’m sick of Norse folklore tbh” and “how about some other mythologies for a change” and I don’t think these people realize that Thor, trolls and elves are part of a large group of people’s culture.

Our weekdays, towns, streets, plants and landmarks are named after our old gods and folklore creatures, they’re still mentioned in proverbs, the tune we play at weddings comes from an old play about trolls and elves, and our mythology and folklore are still a big part of our childhood in the form of stories, cartoons, games and movies. I don’t think there’s any Scandinavian kid who hasn’t been told by an adult during a thunderstorm “That’s just Thor riding his wagon across the sky”. It’s all so ingrained in us most people don’t even realize it’s there.

So I can understand if people are tired of (Americanized) Nordic culture and I don’t expect you to like it. Just please show a little respect and don’t make comments like that on Nordic people’s works.