Helene Schjerfbeck (Finnish painter) 1862 - 1946, The Convalescent, 1888, oil on canvas, 92 x 107 cm., Ateneum Art Museum, Aaltonen, Hannu, Finland
Pekka Halonen, Avannolla, 1900 (Finnish 1865-1933) (++)
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Finnish Mythology: Louhi is the mistress/goddess of the Underworld (world of the dead). She is described as a powerful witch with the ability to change shape and weave mighty enchantments. She is also the main opponent of Väinämöinen and his group in the battle for the magical artifact Sampo in the Kalevala. She has a number of beautiful daughters, whom Ilmarinen, Lemminkäinen and other heroes attempt to win in various legends. Louhi, in true fairy tale form, sets them difficult tasks.
The Lesovik 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. These are forest spirits who are green and lead travellers of their track.He is said to have the ability to shapeshift into any form, animal or plant. When he is in human form, he looks like a common peasant, except that his eyes glow and his shoes are on backwards. In some tales, he appea
'' Mother of Lemminkäinen '' 1897, (detail) tempera by Axel Gallen-Kallela (1865 – 1931) Finnish painter. Location :Ateneum , art museum in Helsinki, Finland
"Taikamylly" (Sampo, the magical mill; Kalevala) by Marimekko.
Nordic Thoughts: From Marja Vanni Kalevala series
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.