He was the brother (or possibly just a good friend) of Väinämöinen, 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 Väinämöinen, 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
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Crafts and Making
Area of expertise: Crafts
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1168
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Article last revised on September 14, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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