The Defense of the Sampo (Sammon puolustus) is a 1896 Romantic nationalist painting by Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The painting illustrates a passage from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the century.
swiftsnowmane: “The Swan of Tuonela, by Ben Garrison “The black swan on the Black River sings a sad song. Lemminkainen was sent to kill the swan, but the swan’s song was so beautiful he was unable to do so. A Finnish god later punishes Lemminkainen.
In the Finnish creation myth the world begins as a vast ocean, upon which floats Ilmatar, the daughter of the sky. She floated alone for centuries, yearning for companionship, until the sea falls in love with her and impregnates her.