Sea Trolls, Draugen (the "Dark King of the Ocean" sez Liv), and other assorted Nordic nautical beasties. Liv pointed this one out to me (how marvellous is this!):
And here's some related imagery:
And (surprise! surprise!) a quick Google revealed that there's a Black Metal band called Draugen
My own 'Draugen' piece puts a peculiarly English (well, West Country) spin on the theme (which is a shame really, as these images have their own ragged, damp, scandinavian resonance), but I'm three-quarters the way thru already and speeding towards a tightish submission deadline, so too late to turn back the clock on this...just bashed out the part where they find a Rosicrucian graveyard on Varikke, the mysterious island within an island
and get attacked by a, err, pack of feral baboon-men: yeah, I know very post-ERB, kinda
...still fairly pleased with it, tho' these pictures have got me thinking in all sorts of new, lop-sided ways.
Okay, I'm off to reload me harpoon...