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"The sword and the harp," said Dafydd. "The true bard must wield both. And where would one be without the other?"
"The sword can live without the harp," Aedan said.
"Can it? The harp cannot live without the sword, no. Of what would it sing, if not of the struggle of princes, the blood and dust of battle? But the reverse is just as true. The monk that sits in dusty, ill-lit scriptoriums, faithfully entrusting his histories to rolls of parchment, what, in the end, does he do? He only produces more dust as those faithfully recorded histories crumble and are forgotten. The harp that fills the halls and the hearts, that takes the dust and blood of battles and turns it into glory – the harp means immortality."

As you can see, I am fully embracing that new idea of Bard!Aedan. :D The snippet is not from the actual novel, but is a dialogue that might have occurred sometime during Aedan's training.


Inspiration: "The Mabinogion" illustrated by Alan Lee. This man is awe-inspiring. And plain inspiring.

Very loose reference (moved further and further away from it when I incorporated the harp): [link] from *SenshiStock

Harp loosely referenced from the 15th century harp of Brian Boru [link] (probably not accurate for the time I'm writing about, but what the heck, it looked so damn cool).

Watercolour, pencil. Harp strings touched up in Photoshop.

Tutorial for the painting process is here:

EDIT: Thank you guys so much for the DD! :woohoo: It's not my first, but it's the first I feel that truly and thoroughly deserves it.
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Given 2011-06-28
Suggester says: "I love how it looks. The colors are soft, and the image (of the middle) looks relaxing and quiet. I almost feel like I can hear the music of the harp. On the sides, a completely different image. It represents battle, war. You can see a sword and a horse. The artist used a different technique to do those two side images. This contrast gives a very good impact (and yet both middle and sides combine together to make a single image)."

The Sword and the Harp by *Gold-Seven ( Suggested by sebaselciclon and Featured by Mollinda )
Hairysandwich Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is frightening similar to my brother, the girl on the right even looks like his girlfriend.
PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death ye may find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
With his wild harp slung along behind him;
Land of Song, the lays of the warrior bard,
May some day sound for thee,
But his harp belongs to the brave and free
And shall never sound in slavery!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Though all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"
PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Writer
The Minstrel fell but the foeman's chains
Could not bring this proud soul under.
The harp he loved ne'er spoke again 
For he tore the chords asunder.
And said "No chains shall sully the
Oh soul of love and bravery!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Writer
The Minstrel Boy will return we pray
And when we hear the new we will cheer it.
When all the trials of Man must cease
And every battle must be ended.

SerenaSCipi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
reeeeally like this one!!!
GarlondGilesion Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I fell in love at once.
mingo95 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your beautiful work is featured in our group's weekly feature :iconsoulcollectors: [link] :hug:
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