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There aren't any hobbits on Suomenlinna, Finland's old fortress island, but did you know that Tolkien was heavily influenced by the Finnish epic Kalevala and the Finnish language? It's what he based elvish on! Follow me on Instagram for more travel inspiration - @shannonigans16
Karjalanpiirakka These pastries originated in the eastern province of Karelia. This is the mythical birthplace of Kalevala, the epic 19th century poem that has become an essential part of the Finnish national identity. Karjalanpiirakka or Karelian pies, as they are also known, fit into your hand and melt in your mouth. The crust was traditionally made with rye flour and filled with potatoes, rice or carrots. They are particularly delicious with an egg butter spread on top!
In Finnish folklore, Ajatar is a spirit known as "Devil of the Woods". It is an evil female spirit that manifests as a snake or dragon. Ajatar is said to be the mother of the devil. She spreads disease and pestilence, any that look at her become ill, and she suckles serpents. She is in some ways similar to Babylonian Tiamat, dragon mother of the gods and goddesses. The word "ajatar" is possibly derived from the verb ajaa, "chase".
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 prize.
hungrycrocodile: Digital Photography This is a photograph of lichen in Finland. For those of you who don’t know, lichens are composed of two plants, usually a fungus and a plant that can do photosynthesis. From a distance, these little plants look like green fluffy clouds along on the forest floor. This is reindeer's delicacy.
Mika Waltari (1908 – 1979), Finnish author. Internationally he is probably the best-known Finnish writer, with his works translated into more than 40 languages. 1945 saw the publication of Waltari's first and most successful historical novel, The Egyptian. The book became an international bestseller, serving as the basis of the 1954 Hollywood movie of the same name.
Hotel Kämp: a History of one of Helsinki’s most famous Hotels. In 1894 Akseli Gallen-Kallela painted “The Symposium” – the name of the group of Finnish artists in which Gallen-Kallela was a leading figure. The artist himself can be seen in the upper left corner of the painting. He also portrayed his friends, Oskar Merikanto, Robert Kajanus, and Jean Sibelius in the midst of heavy drinking.The theme was inspired by an evening at the Hotel Kämp.
(c) Jussi Hellsten. 8.10.2014. The oldest traditional event in Helsinki has been held since 1743. The fishermen working on the Baltic Sea have once again brought their salted herring to market. Continue reading about the Baltic Herring Fair at http://www.visithelsinki.fi/…/…/helsinki-baltic-herring-fair and http://www.portofhelsinki.fi/helsinkibalticherringfair2014. Photo: http://www.helsinki365.com/ - Jussi Hellsten
Lasipalatsi (Helsinki), designed by Viljo Revell, Heimo Riihimäki and Niilo Kokko - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasipalatsi || Viljo Revell (January 25, 1910 – November 8, 1964), Finnish architect of the functionalist school. In Finland he is best known for the design of the Lasipalatsi and Palace Hotel, both in Helsinki. Internationally Revell is best known for designing the Toronto City Hall, Canada. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viljo_Revell || taivasalla.net - syyskuu 2012
Eric Magnus Campbell Tigerstedt (August 4, 1887 – April 20, 1925) in 1935: Tigerstedt was one of the most significant inventors in Finland at the beginning of the 20th century, and has been called the "Thomas Edison of Finland". He was the first person to implement a working sound-on-film technology