Väinämöinen with his kantele. Väinämöinen is the central  character in the Finnish folklore and the main character  in the national epic Kalevala.

Väinämöinen with his kantele. Väinämöinen is the central character in the Finnish folklore and the main character in the national epic Kalevala.

“Louhi Witch of North Farm” – Retold by Tony De Gerez – Pictures by Barbara Cooney

“Louhi Witch of North Farm” – Retold by Tony De Gerez – Pictures by Barbara Cooney

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

Kalevala

Kalevala

Lovatar is a goddess who takes many forms and has many names, featured in the ancient Finnish epic The Kalevala. Blind daughter of the god of death, Lovatar gave birth to nine diseases (including plague, sterility and cancer). Yikes! In the Kalevala, Lovatar takes the form of a powerful, shape-shifting witch named Louhi who does fierce battle with the epic’s protagonists for the magical artifact Sampo (depicted above). Later on in the epic, Louhi attempts to steal the sun, moon and stars.

10 Badass Goddesses Who Are The Heroes Of Their Own Fascinating Stories

Lovatar is a goddess who takes many forms and has many names, featured in the ancient Finnish epic The Kalevala. Blind daughter of the god of death, Lovatar gave birth to nine diseases (including plague, sterility and cancer). Yikes! In the Kalevala, Lovatar takes the form of a powerful, shape-shifting witch named Louhi who does fierce battle with the epic’s protagonists for the magical artifact Sampo (depicted above). Later on in the epic, Louhi attempts to steal the sun, moon and stars.

Kalevala

Kalevala

Runot 8-9, Väinämöinen kosii Pohjolan neitoa kalevala kuvataide pohjolan neito - Google-haku

Runot 8-9, Väinämöinen kosii Pohjolan neitoa kalevala kuvataide pohjolan neito - Google-haku

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