20 - Post Ragnarok Picture

The twenty-first card in the major arcana is Judgement, no. 20.

Whenever I think of Judgement, I think of "Judgement Day" which is, essentially, Ragnarok in Norse mythology. Thus, I chose to depict one scene from the many in the Ragnarok story.

This is just after Ragnarok has occurred (so the Judgement has already been passed down). After Surt and his brothers of Muspellheim leave and their fiery remains have cooled, Vidar and Vali will reign in Asgard and Madi and Magni will hold their father's hammer. Hodur and Baldur will be resurrected and reconcile.

But I found it interesting that though there is much emphasis throughout the mythos on the Æsir, Vanir, Jotun, and Dwarves, very little focus is on the Alf, Svartalf, or Humans (or those of Muspellheim and Niflheim, but this is somewhat understandable).

I liked, then, that Ragnarok's tales included information about what happened to the humans. It is said:
Lif (the male) and Lifthrasir (the female) will have hidden in the wood of Yggdrasil, and they will consume the morning dew as food, and "from them generations will spring".

So instead of trying to figure out which of the many, many scenes in the Ragnarok tale, I decided to depict these two. It is probably the most scenic of the cards, as the scene is quite important. I actually believe, as the mythos doesn't say what will become of Yggdrasil (just that it will "shudder and groan" and, I believe will be sundered), that when Lif and Lifthrasir emerge, Yggdrasil is but a smaller version of its once great form. c:

The card itself is made of ash wood. The darker ash for the main body of the card is an overlaid stain. The character is painted on parchment. Everything was done in PS. (Check my
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