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ILMARINEN

A picture showing the legend of ILMARINEN taken from our Finnish mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Finnish Gods, Finnish Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

The Divine Smith and Eternal Hammerer.

He was the brother (or possibly just a good friend) of VAINAMOINEN, for whom he forged a SAMPO. This was a magic mill of amazing complexity which included the magic ingredients of a swan's quill tip, a barren cow's milk, a barley grain and the wool of one ewe. It was three-sided and could grind corn, money and salt, yet was easily portable.

This gadget was supposed to buy a bride for VAINAMOINEN, but things didn't work out with the prospective in-laws and they snatched it back. During a chase it got lost at sea, but it still grinds out salt.

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Article last updated on 17 January 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT ILMARINEN : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : ILMARINEN
Location : Finland
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 267

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