Hermes Rescues Ares Picture


Hermes stole Ares away from the Aloadai giants, who had locked him in a brazen jar.

Homer, Iliad 5. 385 ff (trans. Lattimore) (Greek epic C8th B.C.) :
"Ares had to endure hard pain when strong Ephialtes and Otos, sons of Aloeus, chained him in bonds that were too strong for him, and three months and ten he lay chained in the brazen cauldron; had not Eeriboia, their stepmother, the surpassingly lovely, brought word to Hermes, who stole Ares away out of it, as he was growing faint and the hard bondage was breaking him."

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. 55 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"[The giants Otos and Ephialtes] set Mount Ossa on top of Mount Olympos, and then placed Mount Pelion on top of Ossa, threatening by means of these mountains to climb up to the sky . . . And they also bound up Ares. But Hermes secretly snatched Ares away."

Nonnus, Dionysiaca 1. 145 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"I will shut up the intriguing son of Maia Hermes in a brazen jar, prisoned with galling bonds, that people may say, ‘Hermes freed Ares from prison, and he was put in prison himself!’"

And here we are.
I signed up for a secret santa between a few friends. The recipient I got (RUTH!) likes Gwaine/Merlin from BBC Merlin. To be honest, I really just wanted to draw a Greek helmet and the Ares statue at Hadrian's Villa. Knowing I needed to fit Merlin in somehow I always thought he would make a good Hermes. Heading to google, I discovered there's a myth where Hermes saves Ares from the Aloadai giants.
Let's just ignore the part about Ares being in a brass jar, I wanted a night sky, also ignore the lack of corresponding lighting on the figures and the stars do not follow as known constellation. Besides, it's more fun to show off my rich gradient watercolor skills. /ego
While I did use the actors from BBC Merlin as reference I don't really think of this as a fanart, unless Greek myths count as fanart ... or if you want you can consider this an extreme Merlin AU. We can put this painting in the same verse as Uther as Saturn. Let's just ignore the blending of Roman and Greek names.

Mediums: watercolor and white colored pencil, color correction in photoshop (though the scanner always blows out my lights to whites *sigh*).
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