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ILMARINEN

Picture of the Finnish Craft God ILMARINEN from our Finnish mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Finnish Craft God

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.

ILMARINEN FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : ILMARINEN
Location : Finland
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Crafts and Making
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 5860

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Article last updated on 14 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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