Finnish Mythology

The Gods of Finnish Mythology

The most popular Finnish gods

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Introduction

Despite being a sparsely populated place, thick with forests and littered with lakes, Finland has been amazingly persistent and creative with its mythology.

For a mythology based on word-of-mouth tale-telling, Finland has better Godly documentation than some other places we could mention. The rambling epics of VAINAMOINEN, the Finnish folk hero, and the publishing of the KALEVALA, the Finnish folk bible, give intriguing glimpses of a mythology centered around trees, animals, natural forces... and more trees.

Although fairly little-known outside Finland, Finnish myths were hugely inspiring to a certain Mr Tolkien. JRR’s epic legendarium the Silmarillion contains many elements rooted in tales found within the KALEVALA.

The Gods of Finland, although thin on the ground, are firm folksy favorites with spinners of spooky tales. When Christianity came and spread, Finnish mythology didn’t turn a hair. It just mixed the two together with extra tales around the fire.

Also, at no extra charge, we include the Gods of Sápmi aka Saamiland (formerly known as Lapland).


REGIONS COVERED: Finland and Sápmi. But you knew that already.

Many Gods are spread across different regions, cultures and tribes. We’ve tried to pin them down to a particular area if possible. But corrections are always welcome, especially from people with first-hand knowledge. So if you know the region and would like to comment, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here.

TRIBES, CULTURES AND PEOPLES COVERED: The Finns and the Sámi aka Saami (formerly known as Lapps or Laplanders). Or should that be the Finlanders and the Saami (aka Laplanders)?