Aino - Illustration by Russian artist Mechev MM || Now my mind is filled with sorrow / Wanders though the bog and stubble, / Wanders weary through the brambles, / Roams throughout the dismal forest, / Till my life is filled with darkness, / And my spirit white with anguish. ——Kalevala Rune 1V (Crawford translation)
Väinämöisen soitto,1866, Robert Wilhelm Ekman. Väinämöinen is the central character in the Finnish folklore and the main character in the national epic Kalevala.He was described as an old and wise man, and he possessed a potent, magical voice by sinking the impetuous Joukahainen into a bog by singing. Väinämöinen also slays a great pike and makes a magical kantele from its jawbones.