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Väinämöinen in non-Kalevalan fowklair
Ane o the first screivers in the Finnish leid, Michael Agricola, scrieved a list o auld Tavastian gods in 1551, in whilk the name o Väinämöinen kythes. He wes, in monie tales, the heidmaist figure in the bith or makkin o the yird. There ar a twa-thrie versions o the yird-makkin meeth, bot they seem tae involve burds' eigs bein uised tae mak the wurld.
Väinämöinen in Kalevala
In Kalevala, Väinämöinen kythes as a muckle less godlike chiel, bein mair a shaman, or spaeman. Maist o the stories in Kalevala ar anent Väinämöinen, maistle in his search fer a guidwife, whilk at the end o aa the stories he still ne'er finnds. This search fer a guidwife brings his fowk, the fowk o Kalevala intil conrack with the fowk o Pohjola, whilk is at first friensome, bot later comes nesty.
Forbye bein a wyce-chiel, Väinämöinen is also a lilter o unco pouer. In ae poem he kills a muchle pike, an uises its chowk-banes tae mak a kantele, a Finnish stringed instument a tait like a zither.
The last poem o Kalevala sees Väinämöinen leave the world. In it a woman cryed Marjatta gets impregnatit frae a berry she ate an gies birth tae a son, whilk is an allusion tae Mary an Jesus (In Finnish Maria means Mary an marja means berry). Whan Väinämöinen orders the killin o the lad, the lad stairts tae speak an reproaches Väinämöinen fer his sins an ill walin; the bairn is then baptised king o Karelia. Väinämöinen lilts a copper boat intae existence an sails awa, leavin ahent his kantele as a seembol o the gift o muisic tae his fowk, hechtin tae retour at sum tyme.. Maist scholars ar greed that this poem represents the kythin o Christianity in Finland - the bairn is a representation o Jesus, an Väinämöinen's quattin the land is a seembol for the fadin o the native pagan releegions. There ar ithir fowktales sib tae this ane, sic as that o King Arthur.
In Popular Cultur
Sum fowk threap that Gandalf in JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit an The Lord of the Rings wes in pairt baised on Väinämöinen.
There is a Finnish comic-beuk cryed Väinämöisen paluu (Sco: The Retour o Väinämöinen) whilk is anent Väinämöinen retourin frae his thousan yeir awa an his humorous adventures an comments on life in modren Finland.
A Finnish battleship uisit in the Seicond Warld Weir wes cryed Väinämöinen. It survived the weir, bot wes scrapped in 1968.