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.

Joseph Alanen - Maid of the air.  The Kalevala.

Joseph Alanen - Maid of the air. The Kalevala.

Kalevala: the Finnish national epic ~ The first edition of the Kalevala appeared in 1835, compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot on the basis of the epic folk poems he had collected in Finland and Karelia. This poetic song tradition, sung in an unusual, archaic trochaic tetrametre, had been part of the oral tradition among speakers of Balto-Finnic languages for 2,000 years.

Kalevala: the Finnish national epic ~ The first edition of the Kalevala appeared in 1835, compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot on the basis of the epic folk poems he had collected in Finland and Karelia. This poetic song tradition, sung in an unusual, archaic trochaic tetrametre, had been part of the oral tradition among speakers of Balto-Finnic languages for 2,000 years.

LOUHI [noun] a queen of the land known as Pohjola in Finnish and Lappish mythology. She was described as a powerful witch with the ability to change shape and weave mighty enchantments. She was also the main opponent of Väinämöinen and his coterie in the battle for the magical artifact Sampo in the Kalevala.

LOUHI [noun] a queen of the land known as Pohjola in Finnish and Lappish mythology. She was described as a powerful witch with the ability to change shape and weave mighty enchantments. She was also the main opponent of Väinämöinen and his coterie in the battle for the magical artifact Sampo in the Kalevala.

KALEVALA        Greetings  to  Finnland  Väinämöinen plays  Kantele

KALEVALA Greetings to Finnland Väinämöinen plays Kantele

"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

"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

Aino –– Kalevala........  Illustration by Russian artist Mechev MM

Aino –– Kalevala........ Illustration by Russian artist Mechev MM

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

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.

The Kalevala Dress by Kirsi Neuvonen, is a playful take on the work of Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish artist, 1865–1931). He deeply influenced the Finnish national identity. The dress depicted belonged to his wife, Mary Gallen-Kallela

The Kalevala Dress by Kirsi Neuvonen, is a playful take on the work of Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish artist, 1865–1931). He deeply influenced the Finnish national identity. The dress depicted belonged to his wife, Mary Gallen-Kallela

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