Finnish mythology

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Tapio is an East Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt.  His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki.  Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.

Tapio is an East Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt. His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki. Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931): Lemminkäisen äiti, 1897.  (Kuvalähde: Kuvataiteen keskusarkisto)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931): Lemminkäisen äiti, 1897. (Kuvalähde: Kuvataiteen keskusarkisto)

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.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

''The Aino myth '' 1891, triptych by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Detail . Triptych's right panel

''The Aino myth '' 1891, triptych by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Detail . Triptych's right panel

Kalevala

Kalevala

Kullervo’s Curse- Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1899)

Kullervo’s Curse- Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1899)

Tellervo- the queen of the forest in Finnish folklore

Tellervo- the queen of the forest in Finnish folklore


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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.

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Gallen-Kallela_Joukahainen's_revenge.jpg 2.675 ×2.613 pixel

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Sammon puolustus, 1896.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Sammon puolustus, 1896.

Iku-Turso - A malevolent sea monster in Finnish mythology, mentioned in the Finnish national epic Kalevala

Iku-Turso - A malevolent sea monster in Finnish mythology, mentioned in the Finnish national epic Kalevala

Pike in Finnish mythology. Väinämöinen slays a geat pike and makes his magical kantele from its jawbones.

Pike in Finnish mythology. Väinämöinen slays a geat pike and makes his magical kantele from its jawbones.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela “Kullervo departs for the war”, (1901)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela “Kullervo departs for the war”, (1901)

Väinämöinen (one of the demi-god heroes from the Kalevala)    illustration by Marina Kleiman

Väinämöinen (one of the demi-god heroes from the Kalevala) illustration by Marina Kleiman

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Fantasy Wizards | with his pike jaw harp. Even the

Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Akseli Gallen-Kallela

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