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Skogsrået (Forest Spirit) is known in Swedish folklore as an often beautiful womanlike forest creature, who like a Siren will lure men into the forest, were they will get lost and may never find their way home again. Those who get involved with her will never be the same again and she will always have the power over their soul.

Made with ink and graphite pencils.

Available as Fine Art Print in my Society6 shop: society6.com/product/skogsret_…

www.sandrahultsved.com

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skycladarts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
excellent work and thanks for the info on the Forest Spirits :)
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!:D
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skycladarts Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
no problem! :)
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Melancholita Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016   Traditional Artist
You have a gorgeous and beautiful style, keep up the great work!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!:D
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Diendiadre Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2016
It's a lot more to the Skogsra, then just being a simple Siren. She rules the forest, that's what her name means. This is why she is different from the Huldra(Shewhohides). Although they do look the same. The skogsra is actually very powerful, not something everyone knows. She's very strong and in the forest impossible fast. Her magic can make an arrow miss or summon all the wolves and bears of the forest. Well, she can summon all the creatures of a forest, she rules it. Her children will have unnatural strength like Miko Morsk, who had a mother that probably was a skogsra. She is often quite harsh and cruel towards humans, but don't have to be. She can also be nice and really helpful. Getting food to a hungry hunter is an easy task for her, however she might demand a price. She is also known to be a friend of Näcken and he isn't the nicest of people...
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I know, that's why I like her so much!
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful. :)
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!:aww::rose:
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I thank you deeply!:thanks:
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome :hug:
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful work :la:
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much:aww:
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :hug:
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:icongrendelkin:
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear me. I thought it was a Huldra. ^_^
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
They are kinda similar, but depending on which country, they have a bit different stories and names.:)
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Grendelkin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I recall Huldra could live with humans without making them disappear. ^^;
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Diendiadre Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Well, so could the skogsra, it depends on the story. There are stories were the skogsra doesn't take your human soul. There are stories were humans do evil things to almost every creature in the forests or otherwise for as little reason as they do cruel things to us. Stories are very different indeed, because they are often aimed at particular targets. Many of them are political or religious. Some, are just good stories. It's often hard to tell which one had the "right" intentions. If indeed there's something called right.
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Grendelkin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy so long as no one gets eaten alive, enslaved, tortured and/or soul-jacked. ^_^
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
aha! I didn't know that!
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:icongrendelkin:
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ Every day should bring us some fresh knowledge.
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely!:D
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KiraAmiel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   Traditional Artist
I love the atmosphere :heart:
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so vey much, I'm very flattered you like it!:aww:
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KiraAmiel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   Traditional Artist
:blowkiss:
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StefaniaRusso Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
She looks so wonderful :heart:
This reminds me the song of Koorplikaani "Mettänpeiton Valtiaalle", that speack about a man who lost into forest and in searching of road, he singing. I image maybe he will meet her, or "thinking to meet her", because the spirit :heart:
I love this work :huggle:
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure he will... and then she would haunt him in his dreams forever! hehe
Thank you so much!:rose:
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JPMNeg Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015

Phenomenal work!

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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! That means a lot!:rose:
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LJSLarsson Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Cool picture. :-)

I like how it permeates of almost alien mystique.
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh really!:] I think that fits very well with the feeling I wanted t convey!:)
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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! I like how the tree or trees makes a cavelike cavity. Reminds me of a tree I know that has a little cave in it that you can actually walk into. The floor in it is much like the floor your Skogsraet is sitting on too!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That sounds like a really cool tree! You know in some traditions she has a cavity like that at her back. But I wanted to go with the version where I come from, where she is seen having a tail.
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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmmm, interesting. I like the tail!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too^^, actually it should be a fox tail but I like it better like this^^, and in some shapes she is said to look more like a troll anyway.
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Morbid-Maggie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful as always!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much!
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ascenciok Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It really did turn out remarkable Sandra! I love it even more knowing what you based her off of. The denseness of the forest really shows how deep into the forest she lures her victims. The small touches are great. I just noticed the little rats at the bottom :D This is definitely one of my favorites out of all your artwork, especially the background. 
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Gosh, that really means a lot!:hug:
Because I went through a lot of phases with this one, so it didn't really turn out the way I first thought it would, but now I think it was for the better after all. But I kinda wanted to have at least a deer in the background like on my first sketch...
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ascenciok Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Always great to hear my comments are appreciated :hug: I usually start out with a basic idea of what I want to do and change my mind with better ideas as I go along. I'm glad you decided to go with the little fairies around her. It's one of my favorite parts :D
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
...And I almost forgot to add them in the end, what a disaster! but then I remembered because I had them in my sketch!^^, It's the little details that makes all the difference I think!
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RohelineBear Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015   General Artist
Details and light creates a spiritual atmosphere. Great work.
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, that was just what I was after!
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