Ilmarinen Mourned

After his first wife, the Rainbow Maiden, was killed, Ilmarinen found himself alone in his home. He hadn’t been alone in quiet some time, and he struggled to remember what to do with himself in the long, long silences. It seemed like nothing was worth doing, and so he sat in the silent house forRead more

Tuli (Fire)

Ilmarinen struck fire, Väinämöinen flashed above eight heavens, in the ninth sky: a spark dropped down through the earth through Manala, and through the smoke-hole caked with soot the children’s cradle it broke maidens’ breasts and burned the mother’s bosom. […] Finnish Folk Poetry: An Anthology in Finnish and English Edited and translated by MattiRead more