The Nix

The Nix

After reading Nathan Hill’s The Nix, I felt compelled to illustrate one of the Scandinavian mythologies taught to the protagonist. The story told of a majestic white horse who would allow adventurous children to ride on his back, bringing them joy and a sense of ownership. At this peak of power and ownership over the horse, it would race towards to edge of a cliff and leap over, child still attached and unable to let go.

It’s a beautiful (albeit, slightly depressing) analogy for relationships, as the storyteller summarises with the line “The things you love the most will one day hurt you the worst”.

The Nix The Nix
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