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.
Seeking a Sampo and Tilting at Windmills
I’ve put off writing a post about the object (or objects) of my reading quest for the better part of a month out of sheer indecisiveness. I haven’t been able to decide what the real object of the …