Joseph Alanen: Väinämöinen grows barley.

Joseph Alanen: Väinämöinen grows barley.

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.

Robert Wilhelm Ekman - DIPINGERE IL KALEVALA  || Bifröst | Slavi | Museo ||

Robert Wilhelm Ekman - DIPINGERE IL KALEVALA || Bifröst | Slavi | Museo ||

Postikortti tarinoita: Kalevala: Martta Wendelin

Postikortti tarinoita: Kalevala: Martta Wendelin

Alanen, Joseph - The Swans of Tuonela by Lilla67, via Flickr

Alanen, Joseph - The Swans of Tuonela by Lilla67, via Flickr

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the 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.

Lemminkäinen ja hiiden hirvi  Väinö Hämäläinen  1902 oil

Lemminkäinen ja hiiden hirvi Väinö Hämäläinen 1902 oil

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

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

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