Iku-Turso - A malevolent sea monster in Finnish mythology, mentioned in the Finnish national epic Kalevala
Louhi is a queen of the land known as Pohjola in Finnish mythology and the mythology of Lapland. Louhi 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 heroes attempt to win their hand. Louhi in true fairy tale form sets them difficult tasks to perform in order to claim such a…
"Taikamylly" (Sampo, the magical mill; Kalevala) by Marimekko.
Kalevala: the Finnish national epic ~ The first edition of the Kalevala appeared in 1835, compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot on the basis of the epic folk poems he had collected in Finland and Karelia. This poetic song tradition, sung in an unusual, archaic trochaic tetrametre, had been part of the oral tradition among speakers of Balto-Finnic languages for 2,000 years.
Lemminkainen, the Hero of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.
Shadow of the Forest by Tiina Aumala. Tapio, the lord of the forest, son of Louhi, father of the seeda, immortal among his mortal kin. In the early days of the world he hunted down the fearsome Elk of Tuonela and still wears its antlers on his head as a mark of a pact made with Tuoni, the Goddess of death, which granted him a life without death. He shows himself to men during the midsummer...
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.
Church Girl (1889). Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865-1931). Oil on canvas. Gallen-Kallela became fascinated with the "Kalevala" epic, a compilation of ancient poetry celebrating the mythic origins of Finland, on which he decided to base his art. By the mid-1890s Gallen-Kallela began to incorporate Symbolist motifs in his work.