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September 7, 2011
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1/80 second
Focal Length
24 mm
Date Taken
Jun 25, 2006, 10:23:31 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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:


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]

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

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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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
airiteach Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Seven men to satisfy her... or just one of Fergus Mac Roich.
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Digital Artist
A rare man indeed, and probably kept quite busy. ;)
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.
philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Remarkable :) Thanks for the mythology lesson
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:
philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, your art is great :thumbsup:
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?
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.
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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