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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.

Kalevala: the Finnish national epic

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, illustration of Kalevala, the Finnish national epic.

The Kalevala

Marimekko textile design by sanna annukka, liro ahokas and maija louekari. Could be good for the upstairs bathroom with black and white tile.

fribergkalavala. Epic of the Finnish People. Edited by George C. Schoolfield    raivaaja.org

The Kalevala: Epic of the Finnish People by Eino Friberg. A splendid collection of the mythology of Finland.

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru 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.

"The Kalevala" was originally a Finnish god, he was the pattern for wizards in fantasy literature, first and foremost among them Gandalf in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

painting of old wiozard "Väinämöinen" from "The Kalevala" Originally a Finnish god, he was the pattern for wizards in fantasy literature, first and foremost among them Gandalf in J. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings as well as Sauromon the white.

Father of the Kalevala, Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), was a professor of Finnish literature. *Birthday 9 April* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elias_L%C3%B6nnrot

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

plates that are based on the Finnish 19th century Kealevala folklore and mythology poetry. Finland

The Kalevala plates of Finland

Arabia Kalevala Annual Plate 1980 The picture shows Väinämöinen weeping, Uvanto in a boat and a big bird with outstretched wings.

Väinämöinen,the main character in Kalevala, the Finnish epic. Originally a Finnish god, he was described as an old and wise man, and he possessed a potent, magical voice. --  Väinämöinen has been identified as a source for Gandalf, the wizard in Tolkien´s Lord of the Rings.

Kalevala by Juhannuskostaja contest entry for the FinlandART's competition about the finnish national epic. I decided to paint one of the maincharacters called Väinämöinen, an old, wise and mighty seer.