Finnish Mythology

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Finnish fabulous creature

Finnish Giant who sleeps under the earth

A just-underneath Earth Giant who used topsoil as a blanket so he could snooze undisturbed for simply ages. Things grew on him and in his sleep he absorbed nature’s secrets.

The Finnish hero Väinämöinen was building a magic boat and, badly needing a binding spell, was told to try the slumbering giant. When shouting and shaking didn’t work Väinämöinen poked a stick down into Antero Vipunen’s gullet. This didn’t wake him either. Antero Vipunen just yawned and swallowed him.

Making the best of a bad job, Väinämöinen managed to build a smithy in the giant’s stomach. Quite how this was accomplished has never been adequately explained, but build it he did. Before long, the giant coughed and spluttered and Väinämöinen shot forth complete with regurgitated binding spells. We assume Antero Vipunen slumbers on and his digestion has recovered.

Antero Vipunen Facts and Figures

Name: Antero Vipunen
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: fabulous creature
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on September 14, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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