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Bear Gets Claws from Forest Spirit by TeroPorthan Bear Gets Claws from Forest Spirit by TeroPorthan
In Finnish folklore, forest spirits give the bear its teeth and claws. This poem appears in the Finnish epic Kalevala:

Sacred Otso grew and flourished,
Quickly grew with graceful movements,
Short of feet, with crooked ankles,
Wide of mouth and broad of forehead,
Short his nose, his fur-robe velvet;
But his claws were not well fashioned,
Neither were his teeth implanted.
Fair Mielikki, forest hostess,
Spake these words in meditation:
'Claws I should be pleased to give him,
And with teeth endow the wonder,
Would be not abuse the favor.'


Read more about Finnish mythology and folklore on Tiina Porthan's and Tero Porthan's site Mythical Creatures in Finnish Folklore. In Finnish: Kalman kartano
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Serfixx Featured By Owner May 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crazy Man !!!!!🤟
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Nophie-Blue Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2019   Digital Artist
Oh my..this is epic ..and the bear is just so adorable!!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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33M Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I am entranced and addicted to your work....Lovely for sure
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you very much, happy to hear it! :D
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33M Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very welcome always...Keep up the Awesome Work
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33M Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I just added to Featured in My Journal and joined your Group.....
Mind Blowing Work...Have a Great Day
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019
amazing!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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DarkBlack315 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
No wonder the bears in Skyrim defend the spriggins lol unless this is groot giving something to winnie the pooh lol
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Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2018
1500 hours and I never specifically saw this happen, I don't think...
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018   Digital Artist
It's Finnish mythology :)
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DarkBlack315 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
sorry for my ignorance 
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018   Digital Artist
:D Np lol! :D
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Majeeka Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Majeeka Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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sushiety Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
The art told me enough, but the poem made me see it with insight. You're an artist through and through!! :love: :heart:
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words! :hug:
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TLFinch Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice my friend and so is the folklore. 
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much pal! :D
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Sabz0r Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How did i miss this... such an amazing work ! :love: Wonderful values and subjects, that fur looks amazing !! Great depth and misty forest too :clap:
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D Appreciate your feedback! :happybounce: 
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Sabz0r Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: a pleasure !
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018   General Artist
FREE FOR USE by IME54-ART  
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:iconteroporthan:
TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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IME54-ART Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018   General Artist
8583f8ae-6041-49b7-8cb1-cbff004e914b by IME54-ART  
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svartek Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
Great work!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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caddman Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
wow this is awesome...:clap:
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Dennis64 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you Skot! :D
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caddman Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
you're welcome....!! my friend...:)
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Snow-Monster Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always great to see myths, legends, and folklore bright to life by creative minds. Each one brings a unique approach and your renditions are no exception. Fine work. Well done!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you Snow-Monster, glad to hear it! :D
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SCPhotoArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent 2 by SCPhotoArt  
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind feedback! :D
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ZionStormStudios Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing painting. Even without the poem, it tells the story. The root detail is really inspiring.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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rawr4444 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018   Digital Artist
What program you use?
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018   Digital Artist
I use Photoshop :)
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Paintedland Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome gallery!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Alerazz501 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, that is one hell of a interesting piece of folklore. It never ceases to fascinate me how much of a folklore is conected to the forest. Also I love the portrayal of the forest spirit, all crocked and slender. Like it just grew where he stands. Great work. Plus bears are a high topic in my country now because of the unusually hot autumn and people foraging the forest they go down into the cities and go through trash looking for food. Which is pretty much normal but the number of bears going casualy to human civilization this year is disturbing.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for feedback! :D
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Alerazz501 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem ;)
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Cerridwen999 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is from another world! Simply amazing!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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barefootliam Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
Love this, great atmosphere and detail, and hah i just read the story of Kullerwo/Kullervo for the first time last week with its implied questions about morality/amorality.
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