Finnish Mythology

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VÄINÄMÖINEN

Finnish Hero God

Also known as Vainamoinen, VAINO, WAINAMOINEN

Picture of the Finnish Hero God Väinämöinen from our Finnish mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Popular folk hero god of the Kalevala

He is the star of the show, and thousands of epic poems and tales. They do go on, and on... and on... and all in Finnish. Join the dots.

The son of Ilmatar, he spent 730 years in her womb and became so bored waiting to be born that he took matters into his own hands and crawled out.

His life was full of odd discoveries and peculiar inventions. For example, he discovered fire in the belly of a fish which was in the belly of a fish which was in the belly of a fish. This unconventional flame could have inspired the invention of the world’s first mythological microwave oven.

He also invented a vaguely harp-like musical instrument, using the bones of a gigantic pike and the hair of a maiden (who was presumably equally gigantic). This was called a kantele and proved so popular that it’s now the national instrument of Finland.

His kantele came in very handy for magical purposes, as Väinämöinen was a real whiz at singing spells. His musical duel with Joukahainen was probably the forerunner of the Eurovision Song Contest. He won the duel, but lost the prize as Aino, the young lady concerned, drowned herself.

That was always Väinämöinen’s problem. He was a ladies man, but had terrible trouble getting the ladies. His attempt to marry the very attractive daughter of Ice Sorceress Louhi was a disaster. He went to all the trouble of presenting her with the specially-made magic Sampo machine as a wedding gift, but his potential mother-in-law was as cold as an icicle and the marriage was most definitely off.

Väinämöinen Facts and Figures

Name: Väinämöinen
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Vainamoinen, VAINO, WAINAMOINEN

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Heroics
Area of expertise: Hero

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 677

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Article last revised on September 14, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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