This blog will focus on historical accuracy and reconstructionism but also on the contemporary religion and sometimes wander into other heathenry, like Anglo - Saxon faith, Odinism, Theodism and so on.
There will however never be any bigotry, homophobia, anti Semitism or stupid ideas of a "pure" Germanic race.
The engraving shows two men with shields and weapons. Their clothes are more or less identical but they have different ornaments on their helmets.
In the lower left part there is the signature of Gunnar Forssell, the xylographer. In the lower right corner there is the signature of Axel Kulle, the original artist.
The image list on page 468 in the book describes this image as Vidar och Vale.
Original illustration created in 1892. Engraving published in 1893.
The image is found on page 111 of Fredrik Sander’s 1893 edition of the Poetic Edda; Edda Sämund den vises : skaldeverk af fornnordiska myt- och hjältesånger om de götiska eller germaniska folkens gamla gudatro, sagominnen och vandringar / öfversättning från isländskan af Fredrik Sander ; med bilder af nordiska konstnärer. Stockholm, Norstedt. I (Haukur Þorgeirsson) took a picture of that page with a handheld camera. One of my original uploads is an unmodified version of that picture and shows not only the image described but also its context. My other upload is cropped to the engraving itself and has been processed with GIMP.
Sander’s Edda was published in 1893, placing it in the public domain in the United States. More than 70 years have passed since the deaths of both the original artist (Kulle) and the xylographer (Forsell), securing public domain status in Sweden and much of the rest of the world. My photographic reproduction of the page may be ineligible for copyright but in case it is not I place it into the public domain.
“The Swedish warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. Now on display in the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, the stern is painted in what are believed to have been the original colours.”