Kalevala Characters

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Ahti of the Island

See Lemminkainen

Death's Daughter

See Tuonetar

Devil

See Lempo

'Eternal Sage"

See Vainamoinen

Flower of Saari

See Kyllikki

Ilmarinen

One of the three main figures in the Kalevala, Ilmarinen the smith is a great Finnish cultural hero, second only to Vainamoinen. Ilmarinen's name derives from the Finnish word ilma, meaning air, and the ancient Finns may have considered him a deity of the weather and elements. There is no trace of this divine identity in Lonnrot's epic, however, except for the mention that Ilmarinen once hammered out the sky and the stars themselves. Rather, he is depicted as the steadfast, skillful craftsman, forever laboring at his forge.

Ilmarinen's most famous feat is the creation of the Sampo, a mysterious mill that provides its owner with endless prosperity. Less successful are the gold and silver bride he forges to replace his dead wife and the new...

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