Finnish Mythology

The Gods of Finland...

ILMARINEN

Finnish Craft God

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

The Divine Smith and Eternal Hammerer

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

Name: Ilmarinen
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
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: 795

Cite this article

Here's the info you need to cite this page. Just copy the text in the box below.

Article last revised on September 14, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Permissions page