Akseli Gallen Kallela painting of Beached Boat at Daybreak

Akseli Gallen Kallela painting of Beached Boat at Daybreak

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru

The Athenaeum - The Wizard Väinämöinen (Akseli Gallen-Kallela - )

The Athenaeum - The Wizard Väinämöinen (Akseli Gallen-Kallela - )

Joukahainen's Revenge by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Joukahainen's Revenge by Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Väinämöinen's Departure

''The Aino myth '' 1891, triptych by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Detail . Triptych's right panel

''The Aino myth '' 1891, triptych by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Detail . Triptych's right panel

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru

Landscape from Ruovesi - Akseli Gallen-Kallela - 1900

Landscape from Ruovesi - Akseli Gallen-Kallela - 1900

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.

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.

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.

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