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.

The Lesovik (Leshy) or is a male woodland spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests. He is roughly analogous to the Woodwose of Western Europe and the Basajaun of the Basque Country.

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

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Lemminkäisen äiti' / 'Mother of Lemminkäinen'…

Aleksander Lindeberg. Tales of the Kalevala.

Kalevalan Tarinat by Aleksander Lindeberg. I think this illo is from Kalevalan is the epic poem of Finland

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.

Some light reading for Nell. 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.

Gallen-Kallela: Kullervon kirous 1899, Ateneum

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Kullervon kirous ( the curse of Kullervo)

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

Father of the Kalevala, Elias Lönnrot was a professor of Finnish literature.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

Nudes, Boozers Jostle in Paris Exhibit of Finnish Artist: Review

The Defense of the Sampo (Sammon puolustus) is a 1896 Romantic nationalist painting by Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The painting illustrates a passage from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the century.

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.

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

The origins of iron. The three daughters of Ukko spread from swollen breasts milk white, red and black milk milk. And from that milk poured on the Earth (so says the old Väinämöinen in runo IX of Kalevala) produces various types of iron.

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