Drawn by Swedish painter John Bauer between 1907 and 1915 and appropriated by Haavard "Mortiis" Elefsen in 1995 for the cover of his "Keiser Av En Dimensjon Ukjent" LP. Mortiis: "I think it's one of several paintings made for a book, or series of books, called "Bland Tomtar Och Troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls)"." Mortiis is just Mortiis - although one might guess he embraces a certain amount of hubris by choosing a sleeve design that shows the plucky Viking breaking the eternal self-devouring cycle of Ouroboros with something as simple as a broadsword. Puny humans. You'd think Mortiis would do the Cookie Monster metal thing, judging by the pointed ears and trollish nose, but most of his records are fairly straightforward electro-pop with intelligible vocals. Book, cover, etc. Personally, I'd rename myself Adolf Stalin Amin before I'd go through this existence with a look like his - but Mortiis played an nerd for seven years, lives in a country where every girl is at least a 9, and drives a Lamborghini Murciélago. You play a nerd 24/7 and drive a Kia. Deal. John Bauer - not so lucky to do either. Terminally depressed in a world at war, he and his family were headed to their new Stockholm home in 1918 on the Per Brahe ferry - and died in its shipwreck, along with his wife Esther and their two-year-old son Bengt.
The Song of the Moment is "In Our Angelhood" by Cocteau Twins.