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.

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.

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.

"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.


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