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Kaleva Men

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Published: November 13, 2007
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Nordic mythology.

Tl;dr follows.

Lemminkäinen/Logi you've seen before. Oldtimer's his brother Väinämöinen, known in the Norse sagas as Ægir, Hlér or Gymir. While I attempted to retain some characteristics of Gallen-Kallela's representation of him (f.ex. [link] and [link]), I wanted to give him some of the Jotun fierceness and stateliness as the king of the sea. He has his kantele made from the jawbone of the monsterfish and the sword forged by his brother Ilmarinen (Kári in the Norse myths), whilst the frame is yoinked again from my stereotypical monstermen. I'll settle for 10-12 feet with these guys.

I often use the 'empty eyes' with wizards or ghosts. Väinämöinen's one of the previous, a powerful one, who uses his mightful voice to sing incantations (magic singing is an essential part of Finnish myths/shamanism). It seems both Tolkien's Gandalf and Saruman have traits borrowed from him. Tolkien was a great fan of Finnish mythology, and often took direct influences from it.

Along with being the king of the (Baltic) sea, Väinämöinen's the god of poetry and songs. He's known in the Estonian giant legend Kalevipoeg as Vanemuine. There's also an interesting connection to Beowulf. The hero's father Ecgþeow belongs to the clan of the Wægmundings. The name is astonishingly close to Väinämöinen (g is spelled like the English 'y' ), and chronicles handling the pseudo-mythology of Finno-Scandia (like Gesta Danorum) know a character called Egther the Finn, king of Bjarmaland. I'm not the only one who's been wondering whether Beowulf as a pseudo-mythological character might've come from the clan of Väinämöinen. = P These names are so widely known in the old chronicles and mythology that there is likely a real basis to them, even if they hardly were gods or giants living for hundreds of years in their time. = P

Meh, Lemminkäinen's always a tricky case. How are you supposed to design someone who's the god of love, fire, and magic, and a randy giant at the same time? :dead:

Armor designs include a medley of Finnish decorative elements from several historical periods. Swords are kinda Merovingian, Väinämöinen's elk hammer has a stone-age motive, etc. I know, I'm a dork. = P

Stuff to read:
-The Poesy of Skalds [link]
-The Kalevala [link]
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deviantwin15's avatar
Amazing work, wonderful details! :)
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HrolfgardHobbyist Writer
The Priiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiizzeeee
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NautilusL2Professional Digital Artist
these are super duper fantastic! Love the lines. wow!
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ZoushaHobbyist Writer
Huh. I had no idea Väinämöinen and Aegir were the same person. The things you learn on the internet!
BeauW's avatar
Great detail- I mean- the details connecting to the essence of the characters. Well drawn and also well thought out.
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AThousandRaspsProfessional Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. YOU are amazing.
Vampire-dreams's avatar
Oooh fantastic job on the details! I love the attitude in the expressions as well.
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ArgentoMorte Traditional Artist
That's fine! I am from Finland. close to me theme. pleased that the figure is made so carefully. Thank you.
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piri-666Hobbyist General Artist
*O* Kalevala!!! x3 I wanna read this poem X3
uhh excellent draw! I love it!
can i... download it? :B
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zorm Digital Artist
I'm not too sure what's the best English translation of the Kalevala and when such a thing has been published, but I suppose you can google for the different versions. :) Some are available and downloadable in the public domain. One version is this:
part 1 [link]
part 2 [link]

(although I personally find these huge files of text a bit difficult to read)

Yes and you can also download the drawing. ;)
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piri-666Hobbyist General Artist
huhuuh... thanks you so much! :)
NekuThat1DeadKid's avatar
Nice, They look like viking gods to me, but maybe that's becasue I'm not seasoned int Finnish mythology.
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zorm Digital Artist
Well, the Finnish Kalevanpojat, id est the Jotun giants, are a part of the Norse pantheon. It just takes a bit of digging to notice that. :)

FORNJÓTR hefir konungr heitit. Hann réð fyrir Gotlandi (*Jótlandi hdr.), er kallat er Finnland ok Kvenland. Þat er fyrir austan hafsbotn þann, er gengr til móts við Gandvík; þat köllum vér Helsingjabotn. Fornjótr átti þrjá syni. Hét einn Hlér, er vér köllum Ægi, annarr Logi, þriði Kári.

"Jotland", that is Jotunheim, consisted of Kvenland (a Finnic kingdom that was situated along the west coast of the present-day Finland) and "Finnland", which means either Finland Proper or some part of Lapland.
NekuThat1DeadKid's avatar
Interesting. Now from what stuff I know, and your gonna hate me for this question, what about thor?
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VivahdeHobbyist Photographer
Vouh, vähän hienosti yksityiskohtia osaat piirtää. :O
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zorm Digital Artist
Kiitti. :)
icu-san's avatar
Lol, Lemminkäisen ilme on niin " grauh:heart:"
:lmao:
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zorm Digital Artist
Jep, tarkoituksella. ;)
Boasill's avatar
unohit muuten väinämöisen miekasta ne kuu ja auringon ja tähet ja sillee :D
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zorm Digital Artist
Nooh, tämä on muutenkin vähän adaptoitu. Muistetaan ensi kerralla. :D
Boasill's avatar
aika pitkät hiukset jä;pyköillä :D ootkos lukenu kalevalan? itte oon puoli välissä, mut kuiteski erittäin hienot yksityiskohdat tyypeissä on
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zorm Digital Artist
Juuh, olen lukenut sen noin kolme kertaa, ekan kerran varmaan kymmenvuotiaana. :D Tämä kuva nojautuu vähän enemmän noihin vanhempiin taruihin, mitä Lönnrot aika reippaasti muokkasi Kalevalaa varten. Näissähän Väinämöinen, ym. ovat kalevanpoikia, jättiläisiä, ja asustelevat suurin piirtein Saarenmaa-Turku-Laitila-linjalla. Laitilassa erityisen paljon noita kalevanpoikataruja ja paikannimistöäkin.

Näitä vanhempia juttuja löytyy esim. Mythologia Fennicasta. Kattelin, että myykö esim. Akateeminen kirjakauppa sitä vielä, mutta taitaa olla tilapäisesti loppu sielläkin. Kirjastosta löytynee. :)
Boasill's avatar
kiitos tiedosta. vois noita vanhempia taruja jostain ettiä. ja edelleen MAHTAVA KUVA
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zorm Digital Artist
Kiitosta. Toinen hyvä lähde Gananderin kirjan lisäksi on Suomen kansan vanhat runot -sarja, jos niitä tiiliskiviä nyt jaksaa selailla. Mielenkiintoinen lisä Kalevalalle voisi olla muuten myös tuo Viron kansalliseepos Kalevipoeg, joka kertoo jättiläiskuningas Kalevan pojan seikkailuista Suomessa ja muualla.
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