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Kiinnostus Kalevalaan on taas kasvussa -...
Aino triptych -Akseli Gallen-Kallela. (middle panel). Aino drowns herself in the lake and turns into a fish. Väinämöinen uses his magic to catch her. He catches a small fish, but decides it is too plain and insificant to be his fiancee and throws it back. In that instant the fish changes into Aino who proceeds to mock the old man that he held her in his hand, but choose to let her go. After that she vanishes for ever.
Väinämöinen with his kantele. He is presented as "the eternal bard" who exerts order over chaos and established the land of Kaleva, that so many of the events in revolve around. His search for a wife brings the land of Kaleva into, at first friendly, but later hostile contact with it's dark and threatening neighbour in the north, Pohjola.
Sammon taonta / The forging of Sampo-Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Sampo is forged by ilmarinen, a legendary smith as a task set by Louhi in return for her daughter's hand. Sampo was a magical artifact of inderterminate type that brought good fortune to its holder. When the Sampo was stolen, it is said that Ilmarinen's homeland fell upon hard times and sent an expedition to retrieve it, but in the ensuing battle it was smashed and lost at sea.
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Sammon taonta / The forging of Sampo. "Ilmarinen, worthy brother, thou the only skillful blacksmith, go and see her wondrous beauty, see her gold and silver garments, see her robed in finest raiment, see her sitting on the rainbow, walking on the clouds of purple. Forge for her the magic sampo, forge the lid in many colours, thy reward shall be the virgin, thou shalt win this bride of beauty; go and bring the lovely maiden to thy home in Kalevala"
Ilmarinen kyntää kyisen pellon “Thus the blacksmith, Ilmarinen, Safely plows the field of serpents, Lifts the vipers in his plowing, Buries them beneath the furrow, Harmless all against his magic. When the task had been completed, Ilmarinen, quick returning, Thus addressed Pohjola’s hostess: “I have plowed the field of Hiisi, Plowed the field of hissing serpents, Stilled and banished all the vipers; Give me, ancient dame, thy daughter, Fairest maiden of the Northland.” (Kalevala, Crawford trans
Lemminkäisen äiti / The mother of Lemminkäinen - Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Lemminkäinen drowns in the river of Tuonela in trying to capture/kill the black swan, to win a daughter of Louhi as his wife. Lemminkäinen's mother searches heaven and earth to find her son. Finally, she learns of his fate and asks Ilmarinen to fashion her a rake of copper with which to dredge her son's body from the river of Tuonela.
Väinämöisen lähtö / The departure of Väinämöinen - Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Defeated, Väinämöinen goes to the shores of the sea, where he sings for himself a boat of copper, with which he sails away from the mortal realms. In his final word, he promises that there shall be a time when he shall return, when his crafts and might shall once be needed.
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Kullervon kirous / Kullervo’s Curse - Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Kullervo is an orphan. Once when Kullervo was herding in the forest for his master Ilmarinen, the evil wife of Ilmarinen (a daughter from Pohjola) has baked a stone in his bread. The stone breaks the knife that Kullervo has got from his father. As a revenge, from wolves and bears Kullervo gathers his own herd, that eats his evil mistress.
The Kalevala and The Mysterious Sampo, p...
Seppo Ilmarinen the Eternal Hammerer, blacksmith and inventor is the archetypal artificer. Immortal, he is capable of creating practically anything, but is portrayed as unlucky in love. The great works of Ilmarinen include the crafting of the dome of the sky and the forging of the Sampo.