Väinämöinen

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"The Kalevala" [above right] 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

"The Kalevala" [above right] 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

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (left-hand panel). The young Aino's first meeting with Väinämöinen. Aino has been promised in marriage to Väinämöinen since her brother, Joukahainen, lost a magic singing contest to him. Perhaps understandably, she would rather die.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (left-hand panel). The young Aino's first meeting with Väinämöinen. Aino has been promised in marriage to Väinämöinen since her brother, Joukahainen, lost a magic singing contest to him. Perhaps understandably, she would rather die.

An eagle helped Väinämöinen to burn and clear the land to make it fertile for growing barley and oats.

An eagle helped Väinämöinen to burn and clear the land to make it fertile for growing barley and oats.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (middle panel). Väinämöinen uses his magic to fish for Aino in the lake that she entered. He catches a small fish but decides it is too plain and insignificant to be his fiancée, so he 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 chose to let her go. After that she vanishes for ever.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 'Aino' triptych (middle panel). Väinämöinen uses his magic to fish for Aino in the lake that she entered. He catches a small fish but decides it is too plain and insignificant to be his fiancée, so he 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 chose to let her go. After that she vanishes for ever.

The Defense of the Sampo/Sammon puolustus,1896, Akseli Gallen-Kallela --colorfully & dramatically illustrates a story from the 43rd song of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. Väinämöinen, the hero, wielding a sword, has stolen the precious artifact, Sampo, from the evil witch Louhi, who has taken the form   of a giant bird.

The Defense of the Sampo/Sammon puolustus,1896, Akseli Gallen-Kallela --colorfully & dramatically illustrates a story from the 43rd song of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. Väinämöinen, the hero, wielding a sword, has stolen the precious artifact, Sampo, from the evil witch Louhi, who has taken the form of a giant bird.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nikolai Kochergin, illustrations for Kalevala

Nikolai Kochergin, illustrations for Kalevala

Väinämöinen is the central character in the Finnish folklore and the main character in the national epic Kalevala. Originally a Finnish god, he was described as an old and wise man, and he possessed a potent, magical voice.  Also, Väinämöinen has been identified as a source for Gandalf, the wizard in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings.

Väinämöinen is the central character in the Finnish folklore and the main character in the national epic Kalevala. Originally a Finnish god, he was described as an old and wise man, and he possessed a potent, magical voice. Also, Väinämöinen has been identified as a source for Gandalf, the wizard in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings.

Iku-Turso is a malevolent sea monster in the Finnish mythology. In the second cantos in the Kalevala, he rises from the sea and burns a stack of hay. Later, a giant oak grows from the ashes. The tree grows so large that it hides the sun and the moon and is cut down.  Later, it is summoned by Louhi, the Lady of the North, to stop the theft of the magical artefact Sampo. Väinämöinen, grabs Iku-Turso from his ears and using magical words makes him promise to never return from the bottom of the…

Iku-Turso is a malevolent sea monster in the Finnish mythology. In the second cantos in the Kalevala, he rises from the sea and burns a stack of hay. Later, a giant oak grows from the ashes. The tree grows so large that it hides the sun and the moon and is cut down. Later, it is summoned by Louhi, the Lady of the North, to stop the theft of the magical artefact Sampo. Väinämöinen, grabs Iku-Turso from his ears and using magical words makes him promise to never return from the bottom of the…

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