Joseph Alanen. Illustrations for the Kalevala. Väinämönen Joukahainen sings in the swamp

Joseph Alanen. Illustrations for the Kalevala. Väinämönen Joukahainen sings in the swamp

Illustration from Louhi, Witch of North FarmBarbara Cooney

Illustration from Louhi, Witch of North FarmBarbara Cooney

Marimekko - "Kanteleen kutsu" (Sanna Annukka)

Marimekko - "Kanteleen kutsu" (Sanna Annukka)

Nordic Thoughts: From Marja Vanni Kalevala series

Nordic Thoughts: From Marja Vanni Kalevala series

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

Tuonela is the Underworld, The Realm of The Dead, in Finnish mythology. Like other Underworlds from mythology, it sits on an island and is reached by crossing a river. It is ruled over by the God Tuoni, and His Wife, Tuonetar, who serves as Ferrywoman and Hostess. This realm appears in the Kalevala when Väinämöinen travels there seeking knowledge.

Tuonela is the Underworld, The Realm of The Dead, in Finnish mythology. Like other Underworlds from mythology, it sits on an island and is reached by crossing a river. It is ruled over by the God Tuoni, and His Wife, Tuonetar, who serves as Ferrywoman and Hostess. This realm appears in the Kalevala when Väinämöinen travels there seeking knowledge.

Pike in Finnish mythology. Väinämöinen slays a geat pike and makes his magical kantele from its jawbones.

Pike in Finnish mythology. Väinämöinen slays a geat pike and makes his magical kantele from its jawbones.

Mielikki, Mistress of the Forest. In Finnish mythology, Mielikki is the goddess of forests and the hunt. Wife of the forest god Tapio.

Mielikki, Mistress of the Forest. In Finnish mythology, Mielikki is the goddess of forests and the hunt. Wife of the forest god Tapio.

Aino - Illustration by Russian artist Mechev MM || Now my mind is filled with sorrow / Wanders though the bog and stubble, / Wanders weary through the brambles, / Roams throughout the dismal forest, / Till my life is filled with darkness, / And my spirit white with anguish.                         ——Kalevala Rune IV (Crawford translation)

Aino - Illustration by Russian artist Mechev MM || Now my mind is filled with sorrow / Wanders though the bog and stubble, / Wanders weary through the brambles, / Roams throughout the dismal forest, / Till my life is filled with darkness, / And my spirit white with anguish. ——Kalevala Rune IV (Crawford translation)

Lemminkäinen ja hiiden hirvi Väinö Hämäläinen 1902 oil

Lemminkäinen ja hiiden hirvi Väinö Hämäläinen 1902 oil

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