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An exploration of the ancient Norse prophecy, "The Voluspa," illuminated through 60 unique illustrations.
An exploration of the ancient Norse prophecy, "The Voluspa," illuminated through 60 unique illustrations.
An exploration of the ancient Norse prophecy, "The Voluspa," illuminated through 60 unique illustrations.
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Fateful Signs are the prophecies of the wise woman who Odin bid rise from her grave. They are the myth cycle inherent in us all passed down by our Ancestors. They can be sought in the lore if one is willing to look deep.

Fateful Signs presents "The Illustrated Voluspa,” a collection of art by Sam Flegal. This 144-page book is an exploration of prophecy through engaging the sub-conscious’s recognition of shape and form in an effort to tap into a greater visual and spiritual understanding of the ancient Norse text.

Last year I created "The Illustrated Hávamál," with your support, I plan to create a sequel (technically a prequel because the Voluspa comes before the Havamal in the Poetic Edda). It will be another beautiful, high-quality art book worthy of a place of honor in your book horde!

You can follow me and my Fateful Signs project on FacebookInstagramTumblr, my Blog, or www.fatefulsigns.com

Tell me more about The Voluspa

"The Voluspa" is a collection of ancient Norse prophecy, thought to have been written down in about 1270 CE. Within its verse, the "Volva" or wise-woman tells Odin of the creation of the world, history of the gods, the secrets of Odin himself, and of Ragnarok - the twilight of the gods.

The greatest collection of preserved Norse poetry is "The Poetic Edda," the first and most important section of which is "The Volsupa." It is also one of the most debated. 

The Book

The Illustrated Voluspa will be a cloth-bound hardback book, measuring 9"x12", with a silver foil embossed cover. It will have 144 pages with 60 illustrations and the complete text from "The Voluspa" as translated by Henry Adams Bellows, including his notes, and the original Old Norse language text.

Ink Drawing Process

Each ink drawing for "The Illustrated Voluspa" begins as an ink blob. Staring at the ink blobs while thinking about the verse, I try to find shapes. I let my sub-conscious mind wander as much as possible searching for shape and form. Using a pencil, I map out the drawing. Once the image has emerged I begin using ink to bring the final drawing to life.

Why the Bellows Translation?

The astute scholar of ancient Norse wisdom will note that there are many different translations of "The Voluspa." This is not surprising, as a text this important draws many a scholarly pursuit. I chose the Bellows translation for two reasons. Firstly, the text is in the public domain. Many of the more modern and arguably more accurate translations are the creative property of their translators. Secondly, because Bellows translated with a mind towards poetry and rhythm of verse. After all, this is a collection of Old Norse poetry—the English language version should sound like poetry to give the reader the full experience of the text.

This is an art book, so I wanted the text to have an artistic poetic quality that some of the more academic translations lack.

CLICK HERE to see all the art created for "The Voluspa" so far.

 

The Collector's Edition

Last year's Collector's Edition for "The Illustrated Hávamál" sold out and was a big success. I'm excited to say the Collector's Edition of "The Illustrated Voluspa," is just as great!  

You will get a signed copy of "The Illustrated Voluspa," with a Limited Edition Clamshell Case, a Custom Bookplate - signed and numbered with an Original Ink Drawing, a print of "Thor Rises", Fateful Signs: Drawings Volume 3, The Voluspa Process, and a print of "World Tree."

Drinking Horns

For "The Illustrated Hávamál" we teamed up with Brian Marshall of Where The Gods Live to create a line of custom drinking horns featuring the Fateful Signs logo. You can still get one HERE if you like.

For "The Illustrated Voluspa" we're teaming up with Brian Marshall again, but this time we are only offering four unique horns based on four different illustrations from the Voluspa. These are limited. There will only be one of each. In addition, you get everything in the Collector's Edition.

Each Drinking Horn will be hand carved by Brian Marshall and will be made from a hand picked bull's horn, sanitized and sealed with beeswax, as is traditional. Since each horn is unique, the size and coloring will vary, but will range from 16 to 19 inches in length and hold around 10 to 20 ounces worth of liquid.

Original Ink Drawings

Each of these rewards comes with everything from the Collector's Edition in addition to an original ink drawing hand made by Sam Flegal in India ink on Bristol paper. Each drawing is a one-of-a-kind gorgeous piece of art.

Add Ons

If you'd like to get a copy of "The Illustrated Hávamál" you can do so at www.fatefulsigns.com

 

Fateful Signs: Drawings - Volume 3, The Voluspa Process - $20

The follow up to last year's Fateful Signs: Drawings Volume 2, The Hávamál Process, I present you with Fateful Signs: Drawings Volume 3, The Voluspa Process! This 5.5"x8.5" book will contain an estimated 50 pages filled with both the initial "ink blobs" and the final ink drawings for many of the illustrations created for The Illustrated Voluspa. It will also include a detailed description of my process for creation of The Voluspa ink drawings.

If you wanted to add Fateful Signs: Drawings Volume 3, The Voluspa Process, just add $20 to your pledge.

Extra Copy of the Voluspa

 • Additional Book - Unsigned - $40

• Additional Book - Signed with print "Thor Rises" - $50

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Risks and challenges

With the help of the Kickstarter community I have created 7 successful Kickstarter Campaigns. To date I have delivered all the rewards to the satisfaction of my backers.

I'm again working with On the Mark printing to create a quality sequel to last years Illustrated Havamal.

With the help of my wife, who is a graphic designer for a very successful ad agency in Nashville, TN, I am confident that I can overcome any challenges presented by this project.

International Shipping is a challenge. I have researched the rates, and due to the recent price increase, I must charge a premium to ship outside the USA.

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