From The Kalevala, illustrated by M. Mecheva. Two of us know why

From The Kalevala, illustrated by M. Mecheva. Two of us know why

Finnish Mythology: Louhi is the mistress/goddess of the Underworld (world of the dead). She is described as a powerful witch with the ability to change shape and weave mighty enchantments. She is also the main opponent of Väinämöinen and his group in the battle for the magical artifact Sampo in the Kalevala. She has a number of beautiful daughters, whom Ilmarinen, Lemminkäinen and other heroes attempt to win in various legends. Louhi, in true fairy tale form, sets them difficult tasks.

Finnish Mythology: Louhi is the mistress/goddess of the Underworld (world of the dead). She is described as a powerful witch with the ability to change shape and weave mighty enchantments. She is also the main opponent of Väinämöinen and his group in the battle for the magical artifact Sampo in the Kalevala. She has a number of beautiful daughters, whom Ilmarinen, Lemminkäinen and other heroes attempt to win in various legends. Louhi, in true fairy tale form, sets them difficult tasks.

Lemminkäinen

Lemminkäinen

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.

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.

Väinämöinen created and plays the kantele, a Finnish stringed instrument that resembles and is played like a zither

Väinämöinen created and plays the kantele, a Finnish stringed instrument that resembles and is played like a zither

KALEVALA Väinämöinen

KALEVALA Väinämöinen

Plaited birch bark shoe : Finland, mid 20th century

Plaited birch bark shoe : Finland, mid 20th century

Father of the Kalevala, Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), was a professor of Finnish literature. #Lönnrot #Kalevala #Finnish

Father of the Kalevala, Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), was a professor of Finnish literature. #Lönnrot #Kalevala #Finnish

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Sammon puolustus

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Sammon puolustus

Gallen-Kallela: Kullervon kirous 1899, Ateneum

Gallen-Kallela: Kullervon kirous 1899, Ateneum

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