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.

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.

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…

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

Sammon serverien ryöstö 455x380

Sammon serverien ryöstö 455x380

“Väinämöinen laulaa Joukahaisen suohon temperamaalus” (Väinämöinen sings Joukahainen into a fen tempera painting with a motif from Kalevala), 1912-1913, by Joseph Alanen. Väinämöinen is a character in the Finnish epic Kalevala.. he was described as a Finnish god, then as an old and wise man, and possessed a magical voice.

Väinämöinen sings Joukahainen into a fen. Tempera painting with a motif from Kalevala The postcard is published by The Art association of Tampere.

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