Tapio is an East Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt.  His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki.  Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.

Tapio is an East Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt. His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki. Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.

Kalevala is the folk epic of Finland. Finnish was one of the biggest influences on Tolkien's Elvish. The stories are gorgeous, full of action but not as bloodthirsty as their Norse cousins.

Kalevala is the folk epic of Finland. Finnish was one of the biggest influences on Tolkien's Elvish. The stories are gorgeous, full of action but not as bloodthirsty as their Norse cousins.

Aleksander Lindeberg. Tales of the Kalevala.

Aleksander Lindeberg. Tales of the Kalevala.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931): Lemminkäisen äiti, 1897.  (Kuvalähde: Kuvataiteen keskusarkisto)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931): Lemminkäisen äiti, 1897. (Kuvalähde: Kuvataiteen keskusarkisto)

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.

wolf illustration, Stanislav Kolíbal, Kalevala narrated to children, 1962

wolf illustration, Stanislav Kolíbal, Kalevala narrated to children, 1962

Father of the Kalevala, Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), was a professor of Finnish literature. #Lönnrot #Kalevala #Finnish

Father of the Kalevala, Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), was a professor of Finnish literature. #Lönnrot #Kalevala #Finnish

Gallen-Kallela: Kullervon kirous 1899, Ateneum

Gallen-Kallela: Kullervon kirous 1899, Ateneum

The daughters of Ukko the Creator had sprinkled  the mountains with black, white, and red milk,–  from this was formed iron

The daughters of Ukko the Creator had sprinkled the mountains with black, white, and red milk,– from this was formed iron

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