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Mordred's Lullaby by Iribel Mordred's Lullaby by Iribel
"Hush, child
The darkness will rise from the deep
And carry you down into sleep
Child, the darkness will rise from the deep
And carry you down into sleep

Guileless son,
I'll shape your belief
And you'll always know that your father's a thief
And you won't understand the cause of your grief
But you'll always follow the voices beneath

Loyalty loyalty loyalty loyalty
Loyalty loyalty loyalty only to me

Guileless son,
Your spirit will hate her
The flower who married my brother the traitor
And you will expose his puppeteer behavior
For you are the proof of how he betrayed her

Guileless son,
Each day you grow older
Each moment I'm watching my vengeance unfold
For the child of my body, the flesh of my soul
Will die in returning the birthright he stole"

Heather Dale – Mordred's Lullaby

Listen to the song here -> [link]

See the close-up below!

I stumbled across this song while randomly browsing through some YouTube videos, and I fell in love with it in a heartbeat (go, listen to it!). I've been humming it for a week now so I just had to create something about it. It's such a haunting, eerie and beautiful song full of different emotions... :love:
I know many variations of Arthurian legends (not to mention the later works) so you can all pick your favorite and decide whether the woman singing this song is Morgause or Morgana Le Fay or someone else. I wanted to depict how within Mordred's birth the darkness slowly creeps upon the Camelot like boding the upcoming death of king Arthur.
Here's some background info à la Wikipedia:

”Mordred is a character in the Arthurian legend, known as a notorious traitor who fought King Arthur at the Battle of Camlann, where he was killed and Arthur fatally wounded. Tradition varies on his relationship to Arthur, but he is best known today as Arthur's illegitimate son by his half-sister Morgause. The discovery of the incest is disastrous; after hearing a prophecy that a child born on May Day, as Mordred was, will destroy him and his kingdom, Arthur rounds up all the noble May Babies and sends them away on a rickety ship. The ship sinks, and the only child to survive is Mordred, who is rescued and eventually returned to his parents. In modern variations, Morgause's character is sometimes combined with Morgan le Fay's, and her role as the mother of Mordred is transferred to Morgan.”

Source: [link] and [link]

Anyway, I really enjoyed doing this. It's been a while since I've put together a nature background like this so it was fun. Plus I've always wanted to create Camelot (even though it's only on the background). :D Since I'm currently pretty fond of BBC's The Adventures of Merlin it's pretty safe to say there will be more Arthurian inspired artwork in future, too. I hope you like this one!


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The baby and lady's body are my own personal resources.

Huge thanks to awesome stock providers! :hug: :heart:


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lumberlung Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Writer
I don't know the songs, but I know the legend(s) pretty well, and this certainly captures the tone of the cycle. Spectacular.
SharpV123 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Murdreds lullabay big time
Heartofwing Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Artist
the song is very creepy but i loved it
Simonsaurus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Awesome! As far as the story, erm, Mordred was a bastard (the unmarried baby kind) and his mother believed that Arthur had taken her rightful throne (because she was Arthur's half-sister) so she raised their son to kill Arthur (even if Mordred may die in the process) 
Don't you just adore motherly-love? ♥
Leichenengel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this comment (though I'm not the one who did the pic) but you sorta confirmed my ideas what the song is reffering to as I'm not into the Arthurian legends hence didn't know that he had an illegitimate child with his half-sister (didn't even know he had a half-sister ^^). But then again it's not very far from how times had been back then. It wasn't that unusualy that the upper classes married inside of their own bloodlines because well face it - there were plenty and plenty od middel and lower-class people whose bloodlines were mixed because they did not care about the class of their lovers. But the upper classes didn't have that much choice so yeah - it's actually not that far off that a prince or king would have a relationship (and children) with someone from their own bloodline.

What I find medically hilarious is, that Mordred was tough enough to mortally wound his father in that fight (but well it's a Legend sooo whatever ^^). The upper class was called to have blue blood because they usually were dead pale and you could see their blue veins shining through the skin which the working and lower class people couldn't do since they were tanned from work and had strong and mixed bloodlines. I read that one reason of them to be pale and to easily fall ill was because of the high amount of incestuous blood that weakened their bodies. It's one of the main reasons why incest is prohibited by law today - because the children have a high chance to be born disabled or with a weak organism that is very likely to catch every disease out there...
Takiera Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This is beautiful, I love it! No prints available?
Takiera Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Beautiful, I love this! No prints available?
WaterMasterM Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Photographer
I love that song! I listen to it everyday and sing along to!
Akira6Natsumi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Mordred's Lullaby. ^^

It is a very beautiful song, though with much hate from Mordred's mother put into it.
SirPixis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
That is an incredible image! The ravens, the gathering darkness, her expression -- all very well done!
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