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Queen Medb by RottenRagamuffin Queen Medb by RottenRagamuffin


Queen Medb (pronounced “Maeve”), was the Queen of Connacht, according to Irish mythology. It was said that no king could reign in Connacht unless married to Medb, who was believed to hold the sovereignty in her person. Of her, it was said that she was “never without one man in the shadow of another”.

During her lifetime, Medb had several husbands, and demanded of them three things—that he be without fear, meanness, or jealousy. The last was particularly important, as she had many lovers. Apparently, it took *ahem* seven men to satisfy her… :nod: One of her favoured methods of selecting a husband was to encourage a potential candidate to duel her present husband, and should the challenger be victorious, his reward... would be the kingship. (For a while, anyway :D )

You may have noticed the stoat peeping over Medb’s shoulder… Well~ it seems that the little fellow was perhaps the Queen’s one true love. Knowing something of her feelings for the creature, Ulster warrior and hero, Cúchulainn, slung a stone at it whilst it was perched upon Medb’s shoulder by her neck, and killed it.

I referred to a number of resources when I was researching this character, and the few things I have mentioned here, really are only the tip of the iceberg. If you’d like to know more about this rather salacious ;P lady, here’s a link ---> [link]

Oh… and by the way… Queen Medb was killed by a flying piece of cheese :cheese: Talk about an ignoble way to go! :wow:

Credits:

Queen Medb:
Model: ~Dove-Stock [link] Torc: ~Hrivalasse-stock [link] Jewel: ~fatimah-al-khaldi [link] Crown: *Grinmir-stock [link] Celtic medallion: ~FelidaesStock [link] Stoat: [link]

Foreground:
Sword: *enwewn [link] Throne: *Grinmir-stock [link] Arms/hands: ~ISOStock [link] and ~vanstock [link]

Background:
Shield: *JinxMim [link] Window/walls: ^Elandria [link] Drapes: ~Karakoukos [link] Landscape: ~SunOwl [link]

Textures: =Smoko-Stock [link] and [link] ~dazzle-textures [link]

Brushes: Hair: ~trisste-brushes [link] Dustmotes: ~nathies-stock [link] Font: [link] Lightbeams: *redheadstock [link]

Digital painting done by me. All other resources used are my own.


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Updated: 08/09/11 Removed a boo boo, and substituted one of the stock items that I used.

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:iconnigellalongskirt22:
nigellalongskirt22 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
truly excellent work done here!
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Young-stoaty-chap Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am a big fan of the Ulster cycles and Medb/Maeve is one of the best characters
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airiteach Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Seven men to satisfy her... or just one of Fergus Mac Roich.
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Digital Artist
A rare man indeed, and probably kept quite busy. ;)
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airiteach Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's Ulstermen for ya. They kick ass, and it just takes one of them to satisfy the lust of a nymphomaniacal war queen.
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Remarkable :) Thanks for the mythology lesson
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:iconrottenragamuffin:
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you very much, Philippe. I'm glad you like the piece... and the mythology lesson! :iconwootplz:
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, your art is great :thumbsup:
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Celtictiger01 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Writer
No problem, you deserve praise for such an amazing photo. Who's the model? Is it you or a friend /an acquaintance?
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:iconrottenragamuffin:
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you for your kind words. :heart:

The piece is a compilation of 13 photographic images, combined with digital painting. The model is not me, but a "stock" photograph. :) There's a link to the original in my artist's statement.
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Celtictiger01 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Writer
True, she was killed by a piece of cheese. But one her nephew, Furbaide Ferbend, killed her while she was bathing with his sling. He killed her to avenge his mother, Maeve's sister, whom she killed.
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for your comment. :heart:
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spark10010 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Artist
Holy crap this.........is.........STUNNING. Her beauty just shines radiantly and she has that very sexy look. Anyway enough with me drooling over her haha, i have seen other of your arts and i envy you really haha amazing and very talented artist you are. Im irish and in the history books she was a bit ugly maybe if she was like this i would have paid more attention haha.
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
[link]

Then again, Lord of the Rings queens wouldn't get taken out by a friggin piece of cheese. You throw a piece of cheese at Eowyn or Galadriel, and all you have is a very pissed off queen ready to kick your ass.
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh well ;P Maybe it's just proof that life really is oftentimes stranger than fiction. :giggle:

And thanks for the video link~ the artwork, and the music, are beautiful! :wow:
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IHeartInuyasha1322 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Nicely done. Interesting myth
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for your lovely comment :heart:
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IHeartInuyasha1322 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
:) You are welcome
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TheSilverRose2010 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
This is so beautiful, very King Arthur chic! :D
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you, my sweet :love:
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TheSilverRose2010 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
You're absolutely welcome! :D
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
I linked to this beautiful picture in my group blog: [link] Thanks! :)
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Digital Artist
:wow: Thank you very much! :heart:
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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cylonka Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! :)
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it :huggle:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Writer
You are featured here: [link] Please :+favlove: the article to give the feature more exposure. :aww:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! I really do appreciate this :heart:
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
A beautiful atmosphere of fantasy , well done ! :clap:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you for your lovely comment! I'm glad you like it :glomp:
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EilonwyG Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, your art work is amazing, but the description that went with it was fascinating! I loved hearing about Medb's story.
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you for your lovely comment~ I'm glad you enjoyed the pic and the story to go with it :heart:
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ricky4 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Simply awesome piece! :trophy: :clap:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thanks for your lovely comment, Ricky! :glomp:
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ricky4 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
A total pleasure my friend! :nod: :huggle:
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Avahlon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work :heart:
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:iconrottenragamuffin:
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you~ I'm glad you like it :heart:
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Avahlon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome :hug:
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Wispyr Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Your lovely work is featured here [link] (:♥
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   Digital Artist
:wow: Thank you, my sweet! :kiss:
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larosaperlata Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
impressive work!!!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thanks for your lovely comment :blowkiss:
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Valadix Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant technicality as usual.:icondurrhurrplz: Great choice of model, too; her expression is appropriately aloof! And, "killed by a flying piece of cheese"?! I must know MOAR! :eager: *click link for extra information*

Keep up the great work, Monica - each artwork of yours seems to be better than the last...I can't wait to see what you come up with next! :la:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you, Jesse :glomp: I do and try and make each piece better than the last~ can't see the point in doing anything else :D

I had the model stock stashed away ages ago, waiting for a suitable piece to use it in. She was just perfect for this character, I thought... she seems confident, self-assured, and with just the right mix of indifference and detachment :D
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Valadix Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Here here!:iconbwavoplz:
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Noree-stock Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Love it!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you for your lovely comment :heart:
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LuciFERS-star Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you, my sweet :heart:
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LuciFERS-star Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! :hug:
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