In Norse mythology, Hel is a being who presides over a realm of the same name, where she receives a portion of the dead. In the Poetic Edda and Heimskringla, Hel is referred to as a daughter of Loki, and to "go to Hel" is to die. Hel is described as having been appointed by the god Odin. Her appearance is described as half-black and half-flesh coloured and as further having a gloomy, down-cast appearance. (Wikipedia)
Shrouded in fog and darkness the walls loom over the forest.
Rans Realm Ran, a Norse Goddess, wife of Aegir, the Norse version of Posidon and Neptune. Her job was to take the souls of drowned sailors and fishermen to her underwater Valhalla. If anyone knows the artist of this picture, please let me know.
Lolita Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. (Yes, I know that's not a fairytale, but where else would I put it? SF)
This image is based on Bulgarian Kukeri and Mummers, the traditions of pre-religious and pre-pagan shamanism. Image by Smultronstället: Wilder Mann, by Charles Fréger.
Stunning Illustrations for Irish Myths and Legends
Irish Myths and Legends, with illustrations by Jillian Tamaki, a Brooklyn-based artist | Public library
Friedrich Johann Justin Bertuch (1747-1822) - List of legendary creatures #gryphon, #Mythology