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Cu Chulainn by GENZOMAN Cu Chulainn by GENZOMAN
Hey guys! Happy Saint Patrick day! hope you have a guiness in your hand :D. Here goes an Irish story for this day. This is an old pic, hope you like it :)

graphire/PSCS/6hours/music: Therion - Cu Chulainn
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Cú Chulainn ([kuːˈxʊlɪnʲ] ( listen), Irish for "Culann's Hound"), also spelled Cúchulainn, Cúchulain, Cú Ċulainn, Cúchullain or Cú Chulaind, is an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish and Manx[citation needed] folklore. The son of the god Lug and Deichtine (sister of Conchobar mac Nessa), he was originally named Sétanta.

He gained his better-known name as a child after he killed Culann's fierce guard-dog in self-defence, and offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared. At the age of seventeen he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connacht in the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge ("Cattle Raid of Cooley"). It was prophesied that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame, but that his life would be a short one. This is the reason why he is compared to the Greek hero Achilles. He is known for his terrifying battle frenzy or ríastrad (similar to a berserker's frenzy, though sometimes called a "warp spasm" because of the physical changes that take place in the warrior), in which he becomes an unrecognisable monster who knows neither friend nor foe. He fights from his chariot, driven by his loyal charioteer Láeg, and drawn by his horses, Liath Macha and Dub Sainglend. In more modern times, Cú Chulainn is often referred to as the "Hound of Ulster".
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MaroonGoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Love it; very good work!
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
One of the earliest examples of the "Superpowered Evil Side"?

Such things always turn out to be so much older than anyone thinks. 
I see you went for a pretty 'wild' look here. Looks awesome.
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Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am very proud to have the blood of the Irish in me. Cuchulain is one of the perfect example of how proud I am to be Irish.
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Zyndarius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The character looks pretty cool.
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Wolfrage76 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
The sword he has could it be the legendary Claim Solais?
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ranchboy1 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I don't think Cu Chulainn ever wielded the sword of promised victory. He was a mage of sorts and was always associated with a spear mostly due to his spell the Gae Bolg
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Wolfrage76 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Hey, I hear than the Gae Bolg was a very mysterious spear than it was thrown with the feet and than it blew up an opponent's muscles.
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ranchboy1 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
It was actually more of a ritualized spell involving a spear than anything else to be honest. It was a branch cut from a certain type of tree prepared in a stream and then thrown with the feet. When it made contact with the enemy anywhere on the body the "Spear" would branch out literally growing branches that would pierce the entire body from the inside meaning any wound from the spear was fatal.
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Wolfrage76 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Talking about killing from within.
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ranchboy1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
I know right!? Sadistically creative!! :) Probably one of the more interesting spells/weapons from mythology.
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Hiti67 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Where's Gea Bolg? T^T
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Great portrait, especially the bright colors. Would like to see him battling Balor One Eye, Lord of the Formorians.
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girl24s Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
f♥ yes a free chat under www.gimo.de ♥
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soovigon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
love myths!!!!!!!
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dravnofficial Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
The Ulster Cycle is such an underrated myth...so very glad you chose to feature one of its characters.
Marvelous work, by the way!
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drRONIN-93 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Reminds me a bit of Slaine.

KICK-ASS!
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thedude009 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
i thought that he had a spear?
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YukoHoon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
He also had a sword, Fragarach, that was known for jumping to the hand of the owner before he could even try to unseath it.
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CarbonWOLF7 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, is his shield only attached to his elbow...kind of looks like a roman shield, but that long war sword in his hands has the iconic hilt and pommel of the Celtic soldier. Anyways, amazing work man.
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visualspice Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is so awesome. I love your style. Such an epic drawing. :)
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caynansantos Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
very nice !!!
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lycan3420 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
amazing this is best version of cu Chulainn i have ever seen
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Mipesuves Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
"in which he becomes an unrecognisable monster who knows neither friend nor foe"
reminds me a bit of Lycans.
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Fenix-Zloi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Amazing!!
In Fate\Stay night he was using spear though....
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DBagdonas0211 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Actually, I was going to bring up that point, too. He was known in his legend for using the Gáe Bulg.
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ThatFaceGuy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my favorite epic heroes ever :D (First time I've seen him without a reference to the spear though. Not that I mind =3 )
Amazing art as usual
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EncrE610 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Waoh... this is astonishing... Cu Chulainn is not well known but you managed to give him all the honours... I mean ... the details to the tribal tats, the kilt, the Celtic style armour... this is a master piece.
Congrats.
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NagasawaRaijin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww man, this is so incredible. . . not to mention you have my favorite mythological hero depicted almost exactly as I envisioned him. . .

This is amazing! Especially the details.
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CrimsonOblivionKing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Awesome Work!
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EmiyaForjadeHierro Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Uno de mis héreos mitologicos preferidos, en aparencia te quedo perfecto, la ropa, los tatuajes, el cabello salvaje pelirrojo, solo que esperaba que llevara su legendaria lanza maldita Gae Bolg.
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countytyronelass34 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh! Amazing! Sort of makes me think of the theme to Boondock Saints (Cu Chulainn's last battle)
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Gibralter42 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
That is so freaking awesome!
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HibernaLupus Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
In all honesty, he needs a spear. After all, the Hound IS most famous for being the wielder of Gae Bolg.

Still, marvelous piece of work.
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ReDAnGeL2345 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Odd. I thought Cu Chulainn wielded the Gae Bolg...nonetheless, glad I found this piece.
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012   General Artist
Where you get inspiration for the tattoos?
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Awsome!
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I linked to your piece here -> [link]
#dALinkSystem
Have a nice day! :wave:
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LordFalco1ca Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Oh that guy puts William Wallace to SHAME!, And thou i'm part Scottish, that's saying something. Awesome Job.
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Happy Saint Pstrick's Day!

Aaah, nothing says "Saint Patrick's Day" like a badass Irish barbarian! :)

Cheers, Genzoman!
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
"Between the fall of Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Deichtine, there was an age undreamt of.

And unto this age, hither came Cu Chulainn, destined to wear the crown of Britannia upon a troubled brow.

It is I, Genzoman, who alone can tell you of his travels.

Let me tell you about the age of high adventure..."

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HighmoonMedia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I would LOVE to see you do a version of Cu Chulainn in the middle of the Riastradh, the warp spasm. That would be wicked.
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suresh1234 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
great
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Deezer509 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You clearly did your homework, why fit him with a sword and not a spear?
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Lord-Gale-119 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
He was also known for his sword which (though it trailed rainbows after every swing) was known for SLAYING GODS. He once missed on a swing- the entire mountain range behind his foe lost its peaks.
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HibernaLupus Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Sure you're not confusing it with the sword Caladbolg, wielded by Fergus mac Róich?
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Lord-Gale-119 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't think so. I read this on a wiki, but I'm pretty sure it said it was Cu.
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HibernaLupus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Well, your description of "trailing rainbows" and "slicing off the peaks of a mountain range" fits the description of Fergus' Caladbolg from the wiki.
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Lord-Gale-119 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student General Artist
It may very well be. It WAS a wiki, and so naturally someone could have fucked with who got what legend.
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NineOrchids Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I love seeing your interpretations of Legendary figures.
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Harry026Husky Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool ^^
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