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A picture showing the legend of LOUHI 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!

A wicked enchantress and Queen of the bleak realm of Pohjola.

She uses her attractive daughters to trick suitors into near-impossible tasks. They cannot win, as she's on hand to destroy any that succeed.

LOUHI has the skill to transform herself into a griffin, the power to shut the Sun and Moon up in a cave, and the ability to send cold as a viable entity to inflict ice-binding if you are afloat.

She was only outwitted by VAINAMOINEN and ILMARINEN, who ran off with the magic SAMPO mill they had made for her. Even then she caused things to grind to a halt when the mill fell overboard in the ensuing water chase.

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Article last updated on 09 March 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : LOUHI
Location : Finland
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 424

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