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.
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.
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.