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.

The Lesovik (Leshy) or is a male woodland spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests. He is roughly analogous to the Woodwose of Western Europe and the Basajaun of the Basque Country.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the Kalevala

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.

The origins of iron.  The three daughters of Ukko spread from swollen udder milk white, red and black. And from that milk poured on the Earth (so says the old  Väinämöinen  in runo IX of  Kalevala) produces various types of iron.   Joseph Alanen.

The origins of iron. The three daughters of Ukko spread from swollen breasts milk white, red and black milk milk. And from that milk poured on the Earth (so says the old Väinämöinen in runo IX of Kalevala) produces various types of iron.

Iku Turso, illustration from the Kalevala  Illustration by Miina Sundberg

Iku-Turso is a sea-monster in the Finnish mythology collected in the poetry of Kalevala. Illustration by Miina Sundberg.

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