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    E.O.W. Round 156: Temple at Uppsala

    E.O.W. Round 156: Temple at Uppsala

    E.O.W. Round 156: Temple at Uppsala

    Round 156:
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    Temple at Uppsala

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    The Temple at Uppsala was a religious center in Norse paganism once located at what is now Gamla Uppsala. Sweden attested in Adam of Bremen's 11th century work Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum and in Heimskringla, written by Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century. Theories have been proposed about the implications of the descriptions of the temple and the findings (or lack thereof) of the archaeological excavations in the area.

    In Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum, Adam of Bremen provides a description of the temple. Adam records that a "very famous temple called Ubsola" exists in a town close to Sigtuna. Adam details that the temple is "adorned with gold" and that the people there worship statues of three specific gods that sit on a triple throne. Adam describes that near the temple stands a massive tree with far-spreading branches, which is evergreen both in summer and winter. At the tree is also a spring where sacrifices are also held. According to Adam, a custom exists where a man, alive, is thrown into the spring, and if he fails to return to the surface, "the wish of the people will be fulfilled."

    The existence of the temple disputed, and there's no historically factual details of what it looked like. There are just two written records - none of the writers ever saw the temple and there are few archaeological records. You can choose to follow the wikipedia briefing or just have at it loosely.

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    very inspiring, hopefully ill get something cool outa this

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    I gotta give this a try, since living in sweden and all.
    May take a field trip to some similar location around my parts..
    Now of to bed and think..

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    Awesome topic, I read about it a while back and it seems cool.

    This will be my first E.O.W!

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    great topic, here is my try, want to go with a nordic kind of architecture, but does not look like a temple right now, will try to fix that

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    Red face EOW 156 - Temple at Uppsala

    The subject matter is really dark and eerie, so i wanted to try and paint the setting at day time but still give the uneasy feeling that people portrayed in the writings. Subtle dead bodies in the trees people casually sitting at the waters edge, a decayed arm floats to the top...

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    Nice pics.

    i am just doodleing while watching tv and i don't really know where this is going. But having fun.

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    Damn, I hate knowing somewhat how the country around uppsala looks Think I´ll drop the realism and go with a totaly fantasy scen.. maby the gods where there.. ??
    maby better get some sleep insted.

    great work so far..

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    looking good guys! here is my wip, very quick and still a looong way to go

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    emerging
    Great I like the light. Are you going to have some figures there?
    Sean McClain
    Nice I like the dramatic landscape. Perhaps you can use the colour and value to separate the mountains in the background from the foreground.
    Benza
    Looking forward to see what you comes up with.
    Mitze
    Coming good. I like the temple design. Looking forward to see you render out the temple and let it blend in to the landscape.
    Jaunay
    Beautiful scene. Gives a impression of a holy place. Perhaps brake up the symmetry a bit more.
    android411
    I like the mood and the Nordic feeling. Perhaps work out the reflections in the water a bit more.
    Why not have some more decorations on the temple

    Some inspiration links.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midvinterblot
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borgund_Stave_Church

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    Great stuff so far, nice to see all these different approaches. This is my sketch, still alot to do obviously. Is this also the place where you post your final work or will there be a finalthread like with the Chow?
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    ThomD - You can post your finals in here.

    Nice work everyone this is coming along!!

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    That could be interesting for someone.
    Midvinterblot by Carl Larsson

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