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Three demonic trees sporting dreadful faces and grasping limbs stand in the dark in this original horror artwork by Richard H. Fay.

Tags: weird, horror, spooky, scary, monster-trees

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A red-haired Earthling girl stands hand-in-hand and hand-in-tentacle with her alien friends while a flying saucer soars above them all in this original sci-fi illustration by Richard H. Fay.

Tags: sci-fi-art, friendly-aliens, science-fiction, extraterrestrials, flying-saucer

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This design is based on the white eagle found in the national coat of arms of Poland.

Tags: coat-of-arms-of-poland, coat-of-arms, poland, polish, heraldic-design

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This design by Richard H. Fay features a lion rampant gules, a heraldic red lion depicted in profile rearing up on its hind legs, ready to stave off all attackers. A lion of this type appears on the Scottish royal arms.

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Eternal rivals symbolizing (respectively) earth and water, matter and spirit, tiger and dragon confront each other in this original artwork by Richard H. Fay. This work first appeared as an illustration accompanying Vince Gotera's "Menage à Tiger and Dragon", a series of four poems, in ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE.

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This design featuring a distinctly Irish ring pommel sword is based on swords carried by Irish kerns in a 16th century woodcut now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Here the sword is combined with bands of Celtic-style knotwork.

Tags: kern-sword, knotwork, celtic-knots, celtic-knotwork, ring-pommel-sword

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Scotland's warrior king Robert the Bruce defends a Scottish glen with his two-handed sword in hand in this illustration by Richard H. Fay. This work originally appeared as an interior illustration in Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, published July 2010.

Tags: scottish, king-of-scotland, robert-i, medieval-knight, medieval-warrior

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This drawing by Richard H.Fay, which originally appeared as a black and white illustration in Flashing Swords, Issue 11, features three decorated sword hilts of the Viking Age.

Tags: medieval-weapons, viking-weapons, medieval, viking, viking-sword-hilts

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This original illustration by Richard H. Fay depicts a bronze Corinthian helmet, one of the types of protective headgear worn by ancient Greek warriors.

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Based on several knightly memorial brasses of the first half of the fifteenth century, this image displays the nomenclature of the various pieces of plate armour worn by English knights circa 1430.

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Clad in spiked armour, Sir John Lambton confronts the monstrous Lambton Worm in the waters of the River Wear in this original artwork inspired by English legend.

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According to tradition, Saint Patrick used the three-leaf clover to illustrate the Christian Trinity. Although the authenticity of this tradition is in question, the shamrock has become a symbol of Ireland. Here a shamrock trio appears between a pair of Celtic knotwork bands.

Tags: irish, knotwork, knotwork-bands, celtic-knotwork, celtic-knots

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Both the leek and the daffodil have come to symbolise Wales. Leek and daffodil appear together in this original design by Richard H. Fay.

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The Lovecraftian Wendigo-type entity Ithaqua prepares to capture a hapless human as the ice-world of Borea appears in the sky in this weird artwork that originally appeared on the cover of the January 2019 issue of BARDS AND SAGES QUARTERLY.

Tags: lovecraftian-wendigo, lovecraftian-monster, lovecraftian-god, lovecraftian, great-old-one

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In this original illustration by Richard H. Fay, two long-hafted Viking-era Danish Axes are displayed crossed between two plaitwork bands based on a design from a Viking Age stone sculpture on the Isle of Man.

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Clad in mail hauberk, mail chausses, and flat-topped iron helm, a crusading knight of the early thirteenth century hold his emblazoned shield and pennoned lance in this original artwork by Richard H. Fay.

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This original design by Richard H. Fay is based on various Tudor-period depictions of the Tudor Rose, the floral emblem of England.

Tags: tudor, red-and-white-rose, floral-emblem-of-england, rose, heraldic-rose

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A cute cartoon knight clad in mail and great helm holds his sword high, ready to defend his castle.

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Three red dragons race to the top of a rocky tor in this fun fantasy artwork by Richard H. Fay. This piece originally appeared as the cover art for the January 2018 issue of SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK.

Tags: racing-dragons, dragons-at-play, mountain-dragons, fantasy-artwork, red-dragons

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Clad in knee-length hauberk and nasal helmet, carrying a steel-tipped lance and a kite-shaped shield, a dismounted Norman knight of circa 1066 appears ready to conquer England in this original illustration by Richard H. Fay.

Tags: lance, medieval, kite-shaped-shield, hauberk, mailed-knight

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This original illustration by Richard H. Fay depicts a late medieval poleaxe, richly decorated in chiselled gilt bronze, said to be a weapon once owned by the Yorkist warrior King Edward IV.

Tags: decorated-axe, decorated-weapon, knights-poleaxe, knights-axe, knightly-polearm

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Heraldic device of the French monarchy and symbol of the Virgin Mary, the fleur-de-lis can be found on many medieval and modern coats-of-arms.

Tags: heraldic-flower, heraldic-lilies, french-lilies, fleur-de-lys

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A flying dragoness (female dragon) swoops down with claws ready to grasp its hapless victims in this original fantasy work by Richard H. Fay.

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A pair of long-shafted broad-bladed thrusting spears and a pair of lighter and shorter javelins are displayed crossed behind an ancient Celtic oval shield in this original illustration by Richard H. Fay. The shield design is based, in part, on the Celtic shields depicted on the Triumphal Arch of Orange, France.

Tags: thrusting-spears, oval-shield, javelins, ancient-weapons, celtic

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Medieval melds with sci-fi in this illustration of a rather draconic-looking alien creature attacking an otherworldly elephantine beast. This work, which was based on a medieval depiction of a serpentine dragon attacking an elephant, originally appeared as black and white filler art in Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2013.

Tags: otherworldly-creatures, otherworldly-beasts, draconic-alien, alien-dragon, science-fiction-art

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This heraldic Irish harp design by Richard H. Fay was loosely based on several different heraldic harp designs.

Tags: heraldry, irish-harp, heraldic-harp, instrument

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This original illustration by Richard H. Fay depicts a Viking-era sword with a trilobate pommel based on one in the British Museum displayed between two plaitwork bands based on a design from a Viking Age stone sculpture on the Isle of Man.

Tags: vikings, viking-plaitwork, plaitwork, viking-age-sword, medieval-sword

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The legendary medieval English outlaw Robin Hood shoots his longbow from the stout limb of a Sherwood Forest oak in this original illustration by Richard H. Fay.

Tags: medieval, archery, archers, longbow, longbowman

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This knotwork design illustration is based on interlace designs seen on one of the carpet pages in the 7th century Insular (aka Hiberno-Saxon) illuminated manuscript known as the Book of Durrow.

Tags: celtic, durrow-knotwork, durrow-knot, hiberno-saxon-knotwork, hiberno-saxon-knot

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A Norman-period sword with a Brazil nut pommel, a long-bladed "Great Sword" or "Sword of War" of the 13th or 14th century, and an acutely pointed thrusting sword of the Late Middle Ages appear side-by-side in this original illustration by Richard H. Fay.

Tags: medieval, rome, history, myth, knights

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This design by Richard H. Fay features the thistle, floral emblem of Scotland and an important Scottish national symbol since the 13th century.

Tags: flower, floral-emblem, floral-emblem-of-scotland, thistle-flower

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Patron saint of England since the 14th century, George was a late 3rd-early 4th century military tribune (martyred circa 303). According to legend, George heroically killed a dragon that had been terrorising the countryside around Silena in Libya. This particular portrayal of the warrior-saint depicts him armed as a Roman cavalryman.

Tags: fantasy, legend, history, rome, myth

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This design by Richard H. Fay combines knotwork with the crowned heart and clasping hands of the claddagh ring, a traditional Irish ring symbolizing friendship, love, and loyalty.

Tags: knotwork-circle, celtic, irish, irish-claddagh, clasping-hands

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In this original illustration by Richard H. Fay, the Lady of the Lake holds the mystical sword Excalibur, sheathed in its magical scabbard, aloft from the surface of her watery abode. The sword and scabbard are based on a British sword of circa 50 BC, which would already have been ancient in the Arthurian Era.

Tags: legendary-sword, mythic-sword, lady-of-the-lake, british-sword, king-arthur-sword

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Adventuring elven lady and human lord converse with mystical apothecary in this fantasy artwork by Richard H. Fay. This piece originally appeared on the cover of the Adventure Havens role playing game supplement ADVENTURE HAVENS: APOTHECARIES AND ALCHEMISTS, published December 2016 by Bards and Sages Publishing.

Tags: potions, dnd, sword, fairy-tale, renaissance

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This original design by Richard H. Fay is based on the red dragon displayed upon the Welsh national flag.

Tags: red-dragon-of-wales, western-dragon, winged-dragon, welsh-dragon

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