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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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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Gods but I love that song
BlueFallenDreams Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is perfect for the song!
xXKiss-Me Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
hush child
ElizabethKWritesArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist
Wow!! This is beautifully done!
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!
heatherdale Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
WHOA -- this is *gorgeous*, Iribel!! I'm so glad my song inspired you! Hugs and thanks... :), Heather. (
EmpressHimiko Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I found the song the same way ^_^ I love this and thank you for posting~
Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic job !!!!!!
BornFreak Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
This is absolutely fantastic: from the background, so wide and scottish-like, to the characters, so well interpretated by boht, the lady and the child (besides, he's so cute! :love:)
I love how you played with the light and the contrast between the Lady carrying the child and the castle (I belive) it's Camelot... it create such a strong sense of doom it's impossible not to become anxious and saturnine. The atmosphere is so melancholic...
I listened to the song for the whole time while I was watching the picture and the melody captured me: I felt like I was little Mordred listening to words I didn't know yet but inderstanding that they should be full of meanings for me.
Marvelous: just too beautiful to explain.

P.s.: Sorry for bad English, it's not my first language... ^ ^;
MerlinPsych Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love this song :)
PsdDude Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Amazing work, I love the way you created this beautiful landscape !
VeracitytheEevee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, I'm not the only one!!! Tis gorgeous, your highness! *wink*
ArcticMoonrise Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
So pretty!!! I love the song :)
Kurtzan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work !
ceareacorso Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful work.
Lavercam Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Just beautiful.....I really liked this..and the music too
RayneInShadow Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Love!! <3 Amazing job capturing the medieval air and clothing! this is actually how I imagined the woman...
RieBee Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Great job. I love it.
Avallynh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i'm an avid admirer of the legends and this was a treat to see. the 'camelot' search on dA digital art is a tad disappointing in general, but that makes gems like these stand out even more. the intricacy of the composition and blending is exquisite and the whole landscape is the rare kind of plausible. (i especially love the nuances you've worked through the image like the darkening sky to the foreground.)
well done, Linda!
Jenni666 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
damn i love heather dale's work! 'ture and destined prince' and 'flowers of bermuda' and 'mordreds lullaby' have to the the top three. damn her songs are so eerie at times, send shivers up your spine.

i think the picture captures the essence of the song perfectally.
kitster25 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I love the song.I already know who Morgana is.In the Magic Tree House books,her name is Morgan Le Faye.
ookami-aky Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love this song, although as a lullaby is a little creepy XD great work morgana is perfect!
dbzfan5 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love it! The picture fits the song perfectly. It's a beautiful song, and a beautiful picture. You really brought out the meaning in this one picture. Great job!
Nerissabel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   General Artist
You have bring the song to life. This is perfect, atmosphere is just right. I love the lightning and background. Layout is also very interesting.
HiddenLions Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I seen the title and I was like....Yes! A picture for the song~ :) This is absolutely amazing!!! I fell in love with the song instantly, I think the way you did this just made it amazing~
DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Breathtaking! :wow: A somptuous composition!
EpiphanyAndromeda Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
This is a gorgeous image! I particularly like how you distributed the light to create the tone. Also, Morganna's color and the baby's color beautifully contrast.
ygolover222 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
So Morogause was Auther's half!! Did they even know that or did Auther's mother keep Morgause a secret?

Kind of confused on the whole story........ :) Happens.
Tuulilintu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I just love your style to do these tihngs! And this one may be my favourite.
lysanne26721 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic! It's very beautiful
JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I don't know where to begin to tell you how much I love this. The background is so detailed ( it's like your really looking out over it), and baby Mordred looks almost alive. The song goes well with the piece.
Deshipley Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking background. And I like how the birds' flight pulls the eye from the dark to the light.
SkyeAmaris Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I love this. It's beautiful and I can hear the song when I look at the picture. That's one of my favorite songs too!
lucyforbidden Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work of art! You are so very talented!
twoeyesofblue Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
this is really cool. I love that song---and thats exactly how I found it! stumbling though youtube :D
Brenna1976 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:This is breathtaking, magical touch on the details :iconspeechlessplz:
LiarasGirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
i found the same video!!I love this picture and the song!I cant stop listening to it aw man you gotta love YouTube sometimes lol ty
Flyinghorse33 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I love this song! I own it and have been listening to it nonstop. I also love arthurian legend
chay0796 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
WOW This is really inspiring! :)
annewipf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Great work!
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011   Digital Artist
:iconshinyheartplz: Your work has been featured in my latest journal ---> [link] :iconthankyouplz4:
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