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One of John’s favourites is Humpe, a small troll with a gentle disposition and a longing for the light world of people. Humpe is almond-eyed, snub-nosed and red-haired like a little faun. He first appeared in 1912, in the fairytale Trollsonen som hade solögon och vart skogsman - a romantic saga about a troll-boy that appealed to John. John returned to Humpe in works such as the late watercolour Moderskärlek (Mother love), painted in 1917.

A selection John Bauer illustrations and art prints from Bland Tomtar Och Troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls), Our Fathers' Godsaga, Sagovarld, as well as designs and paintings.

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PetitPoulailler 1914 John Bauer 'Among Gnomes & Trolls', "När hon" [detail]

illustration for Among Elves and Trolls by John Bauer 1912

John Bauer [Swedish painter and illustrator, From “Bland Tomtar Och Troll” (Among Elves and Trolls) the annual Christmas book for children which showcased Bauer's suite of illustrations. ____ Slight digital enhancement by plumleaves.

Loki swallows Gullveig's heart by John Bauer from Die Göttersage der Väter

Watercolor illustrations for the 1911 German translation of Swedish poet Viktor Rydberg's Fädernas Gudasaga, originally published in

'Now he was riding, jubilantly happy' (c.1910) by John Bauer

JOHN BAUER "Now he was riding, jubilantly happy, on the airy billowing highway toward the shining golden Castle of Rosy Clouds." -- from The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds by Harald Ostenson Agneta by John Bauer

Norse mythology - Fenrir (or Fenris) is a gigantic and terrible monster in the shape of a wolf. He is the eldest child of Loki and the giantess Angrboda. - interesting, in Harry Potter, the evil werewolf is named Fenrir Greyback.

Once upon a time, a young prince went riding out in the moonlight.

xineann: “ John Bauer A Young Prince Went Riding Out into the Moonlight ”