Illustration loosely based on an Icelandic tale called "Sagan af Mjaðveigu Mánadóttur" (with some huuuuge northern gannets).
is the daughter of the king Máni. As the king just looses his wife, he
sends messengers to find a new queen. His men travel a long time.
Oneday, they hear some bewitching melody, played by a beautiful lady and
her own daughter.
They bring them back to the kingdom, and the lady marries the king.
But as you may imagine, the new queen and her daughter won't be so well-intentioned towards Mjaðveig...
I admit I can't say when exactly I painted that (quite big, for me) acrylic piece on canvas (50*70cm).
I only remember I think I read HalldórLaxness "Iceland's Bell" between 2012 and 2013.
This depicts two of the main characters of the story, Arnas Arnaeus and Snæfríður Íslandssól whose following quote - “And we'll ride throughout the land on white horses", which in fact never happened - inspired me that painting.
The scene takes place in the area around Þingvellir, Iceland.
The Tours de Merle (English, Towers of Merle) are the ruins of a castle in the commune of Saint-Geniez-ô-Merle, in the Corrèze département of France. A feudal fortress from the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, which was subject of a classification as a historic monument since July 30, 1927.
In the fourteenth century, Merle included seven castles, two chapels and village, owned by seven noblemen from Merles.
During the Hundred Years' War, the English took one of the towers and a castle in 1371.
In 1574 the Calvinists took the citadel, where they established a garrison, they were driven out two years later by the co-lords. But the fortress was abandoned by those who preferred to live in places that were more pleasant and certainly more accessible.
(from Wikipedia - I admit I was too lazy to write my own comment here)