Aino is a figure in Finnish mythology. The Kalevala, the Finnish epic poem of fifty parts, relates that she was the beautiful sister of Joukahainen. Her brother, having lost a singing contest to the storied Väinämöinen, promised Aino's "hands and feet" in marriage if Väinämöinen would save him from drowning in the swamp into which Joukahainen had been thrown. Rather than submit to this fate, Aino drowned herself. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aino"
In the legends of the Finnish Tundra, Ajatar is a spirit in the form of an evil dragon. It is said it is the mother of the devil. She spreads disease and pestilence. Any who look at her become ill. She breast feeds serpents. Ajatar is similar to the Lithuanian Aitvaras, and Babylonian Tiamat, dragon mother of the gods and goddesses. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ajatar"
Finnish mythology survived as oral tradition well into the 18th century. ...more on Wikipedia about "Finnish mythology"
Joukahainen is a character in the Kalevala, the Finnish epic poem of fifty parts. He is the rival of the main character, Väinämöinen. After losing a singing contest, he pledges his sister Aino to Väinämöinen, but she drowns herself rather than marry him. Joukahainen, still envious of Väinämöinen, then shoots the horse of his rival from under him, plunging him into the waters of Pohjola. ...more on Wikipedia about "Joukahainen"
Joulupukki is the Finnish name for Santa Claus. The name Joulupukki literally means Yule Goat or Christmas Goat. This name is likely to come from an old Finnish tradition, where people dressed in goat hides, the apparition being called a nuuttipukki, used to go around from house to house after Christmas eating leftover food. ...more on Wikipedia about "Joulupukki"
The Kalevala is an epic poem which Elias Lönnrot compiled from Finnish folk lore in the 19th century. It is commonly called the Finnish national epic and is traditionally thought of as one of the most significant works of Finnish-language literature. The Kalevala is credited with some of the inspiration for the national awakening that ultimately led to Finland's independence from Russia in 1917. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kalevala"
In the Finnish Kalevala, Kullervo was the ill-fated son of Kalervo. He is the only irredeemably tragic character in Finnish mythology. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kullervo"
Kyöpelinvuori, in Finnish mythology, is the place where dead women haunt. It is rumoured that virgins who died at a young age gather there after their death at the start of their afterlife. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kyöpelinvuori"
Lalli is a character in Finnish history. According to the legend, he killed the Bishop Henry on the ice of lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland on January 20 1156. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lalli"
In Finnish mythology and lore, a menninkäinen is believed to be a leprechaun-like inhabitant of the forests. Fairy tale depictions often involve riddling, dominance struggles and favors elicited. ...more on Wikipedia about "Menninkäinen"
In Finnish mythology, a Näkki is a Nix that resides in murky pools, wells, docks, piers and under bridges that cross rivers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Näkki"
In Finnish mythology Otso, Ohto, Kontio, metsän kuningas (the king of the forest), and mesikämmen (honeypaws) are some of the many rarely-uttered circumlocutory epithets for the spirit that was never directly named. Generally, the spirit of the bear was referred to as friend, brother, uncle, or forestcousin, or ways were thought up that would bypass the need to refer to the spirit at all, even indirectly. ...more on Wikipedia about "Otso"
The Piru is a minor evil spirit or Demon in Finnish mythology. In folklore the Piru often features as a nasty spirit of the forest with which a wise-aleck either wins or loses a battle of wits, giving or receiving a forfeit in return. The Devil is often referred to as Pääpiru, literally "Headpiru". ...more on Wikipedia about "Piru"
Pohjola or Pohja is a location in Finnish mythology and is usually translated as Northland in English. It is one of the two main polarities in the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, along with Kaleva or Väinölä. Its name is derived from the word pohjoinen meaning the compass point north. Pohjoinen, for its part, may have a cognate in the word pohja (base, bottom). ...more on Wikipedia about "Pohjola"
In Finnish mythology, the Sampo was a magical artifact that brought good fortune to its holder; nobody knows exactly what it was supposed to be. According to Lönnrot's interpretation in the Kalevala, it was a quern or mill of some sort that made flour, salt, and gold out of thin air. ...more on Wikipedia about "Sampo"
Tapio is an East Finnish forest spirit or god. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt. His wife is the goddess of forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki. He figures prominantly in the Kalevala. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tapio"
Tuonela is the realm of the dead or the Underworld in Finnish mythology, similar to Hades in Greek mythology. Tuonela, Tuoni, Manala and Mana are often used synonymously. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tuonela"
Tuonetar (Twon-etar), in Finnish mythology, is the Queen of the Underworld. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tuonetar"
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