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Vironsusi and Vampire by Hukkanaama Vironsusi and Vampire by Hukkanaama
Some stuff for bookmarks I plan on selling in a convention this weekend.

I've been doing a bit of research on the (Finnish) folklore about vampires and werewolves lately, and while wondering what new stuff to do for the upcoming con, I got this neat idea of sharing some of the information I've found about these critters in a form of a bookmark! On one side there will be art and on the other side some (hopefully) interesting info tidbits (the black and white silhouette things will also be on the info side).

The werewolf bookmark is heavily inspired by Finnish folklore on werewolves, in which the most general theme was how a wedding party got turned into wolves by someone who was disappointed by the wedding. It was also believed that if you skinned a werewolf, you might find some human artifacts underneath the hide, like a knife or a piece of clothing.

As for the title of this piece, vironsusi is an old Finnish word for werewolf. It is unclear whether the first part (viron-) refers to Estonia (Viro, in Finnish, viron being the genitive) or if it's a derivative of the latin word vir, man, of which other words such as werewolf and varulf (Swedish) have originated. However, many Finnish werewolf stories take place in Estonia.
Nowadays a more common word for a werewolf is ihmissusi, which translates to "human-wolf".

Since vampires have never really been a part of Finnish folklore (with the exclusion of a belief that a werewolf would turn into a vampire after death, but it was not a very common belief) the vampire bookmark is inspired by East-European vampire folklore, with some artistic freedom here and there. Original vampires were not pale and sexy, but ruddy skinned walking dead who lusted after women (especially their poor widows). Oh, and in case you didn't know this yet: the Wallachian prince Vlad Țepeș - also known as Dracula, son of a dragon - had nothing to do with vampires. Bram Stoker merely borrowed his name for his creation, nothing more. The "real" historical vampire to be mentioned first in written record was Jure Grando.

Bla bla bla, folklore is interesting.
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BlueCerinthe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I like the concept as well as the art. And I enjoy folklore, too. ^__^
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Hukkanaama Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional
Thank you!
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HM-Dragon-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great idea! to bad I can't come to finland to buy this bookmarks ;)
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Hukkanaama Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional
Thank you!
I wish I could sell these online as well to those who'd want them (since I still have plenty left), but international postage are so damn high people would just end up paying more for the shipping than the actual item.
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HM-Dragon-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, that would've been great.
to bad shipping is a bitch :P
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "real" historical vampire to be mentioned first in written record was Jure Grando.

Ooooh. So that's the first vampire character! The earliest I managed to find was only Lord Ruthven, who was one of the first vampires in English literature.

*reads the Jure Grando legend* Yikes. Nasty. Just the way vampires should be. :heart:
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Hukkanaama Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional
The Jure Grando legend is really interesting! I wish I could read more about it, but the English sources about it are quite limited and the book (Die Ehre deß Hertzogthums Crain) that contains the original story has apparently never been translated into any language I'd understand. *sadface*
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Rawyen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Onpa upeita!
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Hukkanaama Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional
Kiitoksia!
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Tessu-chan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, heräsi mielenkiinto! :la: (tykkään tällaisista historia jutuista)
Kumpa saisit nämä myyntiin
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