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The Kalevala plates of Finland

Posted by rod - 31.12.2010

The picture shows Väinämöinen planting seeds in his flourishing garden, while birds are sitting in the trees and fishes are swimming below.

The picture shows a fishing Väinämöinen in his boat. In the water is a huge fish and also small ones.

The picture shows Lemminkainen in his sleigh drawn by a horse. There are birds in the trees, the sky and on the ground.

The picture shows Lemminkainen in his boat waving towards the women. Blackbirds are sitting in the trees.

The picture shows Väinämöinen sitting on a horse. A young hunter is hiding in the bushes pointing his cross-bow towards him. A bird flies in the sky.

The picture shows Lemminkainen on his snowshoes/skis, the Elk and a black Cock of the Wood hiding in the trees.

The picture shows Väinämöinen sitting beside the swamp watching Joukahainen sinking.

The picture shows the herd-boy Kullervo blowing his horn as he drives the bears and wolves before him. A black raven is sitting in a tree and far beyond is the farmhouse.

The picture shows Väinämöinen weeping, Uvanto in a boat and a big bird with outstretched wings.

The picture shows Väinämöinen and a young girl.

Here are a series of 10 plates that are based on the Finnish 19th century Kealevala folklore and mythology poetry. According to wikipedia: “The Kalevala is a 19th century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Finnish and Karelian oral folklore and mythology. It is regarded as the national epic of Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The Kalevala played an instrumental role in the development of the Finnish national identity, the intensification of Finland‘s language strife and the growing sense of nationality that ultimately led to Finland‘s independence from Russia in 1917. The first version of The Kalevala (called The Old Kalevala) was published in 1835. The version most commonly known today was first published in 1849 and consists of 22,795 verses, divided into fifty songs (Finnish: runot). The title can be interpreted as “The land of Kaleva”. Images via mfkcollectibles

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2 Comments (add yours?)
  • From: Jesse Logan
  • Jan 09, 2011

Was it based on mythology poetry because their truth was stranger than fiction? Maybe in the beginning it was based on truth but so much had been added to it they were forced to call it mythology.

mythology is condensed history.

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