Folklore | Saxon Storyteller Art Print Series

  • £60.00
  • £90.00
Design

This series includes all 6 of The Saxon Storyteller's A4 sized prints within this set, each representing different elements of folklore across the wheel of the year:

- The 3 Hares:

This print depicts three hares, recognized globally as symbols of fertility. In groups like these, they can be tied to the lunar cycle and holy trinity, and are even associated with the Anglo-Saxon goddess Ēostre.

Printed with a black backdrop for this series.

- The Dorset Ooser:

The Dorset Ooser is a wooden head from Melbury Osmond, Dorset. The head has a hollow face with horns, a beard, and a hinged jaw. It's been said that it represents the devil, a pagan god, or simply a character from Mumming tradition by English folk dancers. Whatever it is, it represents the diversity of folk tales and customs throughout Britain.

- May Morning:

This piece depicts traditional Morris Dancers, complete with their hobby horse character and brightly decorated costume.

Early in Spring mornings, dancers can be found gathering on the hilltops bringing in the new dawn. It is thought that some of the dances contain motifs from ancient fertility rites that have been morphed into what we see today as traditional dance.

Sumer is Icumen In:

A cult classic -"The Wicker Man" is based off an effigy supposedly burned by Druids as sacrifice. The tale was made famous by the 1973 folk horror film, in which the inhabitants have abandoned their Christian faith in favour of Celtic paganism.

Renewal

Within this image, the St. Brigid's cross represents the turning of the seasons, while the fire burns away and releases the past. The hares represent our leap into the futures.

- The Oak King:

As the Holly King retreats, the Oak King begins afresh his reign. With his oaken staff he prods the bulbs in the soil to grow and shakes his oak leaf rattle to awaken the buds on the bough.

Oak trees have been affiliated with ancient Celts through writings of Strabo and Pliny the Elder. But oaks are also heavily linked to Thor and groves of worship among Germanic cults.

Printed with a black backdrop for this series.

 

Material & Make

The artwork you will receive has been created locally and is printed using high quality inks and paper to maintain integrity and quality of colour and image.

Your print will arrive on 250gsm uncoated art board and should be handled with care. It’s preferable to only touch the edges and we recommend mounting these in a frame behind glass.

  

About The Artist

The Saxon Storyteller is an illustrator known for his incredible ability to capture the character and theme of artifacts and historical figures. Reminiscent of Saxon and Viking iconography, his subject matter ranges from members of the lore (such as Ragnar Lothbrok) to those of Tolkien (like Gandalf and other members of the Fellowship). You may also recognize his work as the key illustrator of the Nordic Mythology Podcast, where his images appear unique to each episode and its content.

On Northern Fire, you can find the artwork of Saxon Storyteller on clothing, prints, and pins. 

 

Size & Dimensions

Each print is A4 (210 x 297mm / 8.3 x 11.7 inches)