Wednesday, 21 January 2015

@Alan Adaptation B: Developement of idea

Whilst I have been researching different family crests and the symbols of the animals within Nordic and Celtic culture I thought of doing something more personal to my myself. Faulkner. Faulkner comes from the term falconer which is a falcon keeper. I have managed to find a family family illustration for the falconers which would of been put on shields and flags.
When researching Falcons and symbolic meanings behind them this came up: 

"Further evidence of its solar influence, the Falcon was symbolic of the rising sun in Egypt. It is also the king of all birds where many gods were shown with the head or body of the Falcon (including Ra).
In European tradition, the Falcon represents the huntsman and is associated with the Germanic sky-gods Wodan as well as Frigg and the trickster Loki. In European culture the Falcon is considered a warlike symbol." 
Researching further into falconers and goes further back to this illustration: 


Therefore I could turn these crests into a character that is a falcon keeper, but the keeper of the kings birds etc. I could set this story in another environment of a more magical land. 

The other idea is to use a symbol from Norse mythology: 

"Yggdrasil - In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is an immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology; the world tree, and around the tree existed nine worlds. It is generally considered to mean "Ygg's (Odin's) horse". Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is central and considered very holy."

I could adapt this symbol also into another character perhaps using this description? Or maybe interlink the two ideas?

1 comment:

  1. Hi

    I think the personal crest idea is a good way to go, however you might want to take on board a few other crests (friends?) to help give you a bit more width to the project and your overall world building idea. So build world idea, design three characters, and make one etc. I would suggest reading the book below too (it's in the studio I believe).