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Trollkin: The legend of the mountain pasture bride

In the mountains of the cold north, in the country of Norway a legend is told of a bride, who shortly before her wedding vanished. Her father was so upset by the disappearance of his daughter, that he vowed not to rest until he had found her.

He sought everywhere without luck until one day in the mountains he heard whimpering and crying behind a cliff wall. He immediately recognized the voice of his daughter and ran home as swiftly as he could to get his rifle. Upon returning to the spot, he fired the rifle into the wall causing it to crumble; and there stood his daughter in her wedding gown surrounded by trolls, for she had been spellbound by the trollkin. The bride-to-be was covered in silver from head to toe.

The trolls, setting eyes upon the rifle, became fearful. They told him to take the bride but please leave the silver behind, however the father denied them their plea and instead took both daughter and silver home.

He hid the silver in the attic of their homestead, but soon after the attic caught on fire and the silver melted, running into the ground. To this day you can still see the streaks of silver lining the ground of the mountain pasture.

The illustration as it appears in the calendar
The illustration as it appears in the calendar

This illustration was a part of a personal project. A 12 piece series of illustrations based around Scandinavian folklore for a self-published calendar named: Trollkin. See the full series here: [CLICK HERE]

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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