Lemminkäinen's mother looking for the corpse of her son in the Tuonela river of death
Ilmarinen ploughing through a field of poisonous snakes
The magical mill Sampo
Louhi, the witch queen of the North
Louhi pursuing a ship having assumed the shape on an eagle
Illustrations for Kalevala 1999 by Kai Nieminen, published by Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 1999
Kalevala 1999 is poet and translator Kai Nieminen's rewritten version of the Finnish national epic Kalevala, published by the Finnish Literature Society to mark the 150 year-anniversary since the publication of the most commonly read version of the mythology. The original Kalevala was compiled from traditional oral poetry by Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884) and published in 1835 (first version) and 1849 (final version).