Short summary - Kalevala
The poem is based on Karelian-Finnish folk epic songs (runes), which in the 18th century. collected and edited by Elias Lönnrot.
Ilmatar, daughter of the air, lived in the air. But soon she became bored in heaven, and she went down to the sea. The waves caught Ilmatar, and from the waters of the sea the daughter of the air became pregnant.
Ilmatar carried the fetus for 700 years, but the childbirth did not come. She prayed to the supreme deity of the sky, the Thunderer Ukko, to help her get rid of the burden. After a while, a duck flew past, looking for a place to nest. Ilmatar came to the aid of the duck: she gave her her big knee. The duck built a nest on the knee of the daughter of air and laid seven eggs: six golden, the seventh iron. Ilmatar, moving her knee, dropped the eggs into the sea. The eggs broke, but did not disappear, but underwent a transformation:
The mother came out - the earth is damp;
From the egg, from the top,
The high vault of heaven arose,
From the yolk, from the top,
The bright sun appeared;
From the squirrel, from the top,
A clear moon appeared;
From the egg, from the motley part,
The stars have become in the sky;
From the egg, from the dark part,
Clouds appeared in the air.
And time goes by
Year after year goes by
With the radiance of the young sun,
In the brilliance of the new moon.
Ilmatar, the mother of the waters, the creation of the maiden, sailed the sea for another nine years. On the tenth summer, she began to change the earth: with the movement of her hand she erected headlands; where she touched the bottom with her foot, there the depths stretched; And the earth took on its present form.
But the fruit of Ilmatar - the prophetic singer Väinämöinen - was still not born. For thirty years he wandered in his mother's womb. Finally, he prayed to the sun, moon and stars to give him a way out of the womb. But the sun, moon and stars did not help him. Then Väinämöinen himself began to make his way towards the light:
Touched the fortress gates,
He moved his ring finger,
He opened the bone castle
Small toe of the left leg;
On the hands crawling from the threshold,
On my knees through the canopy.
He fell into the blue sea
He grabbed the waves.
Väinö was born already an adult and spent another eight years at sea, until he finally got out on land.
Väinämöinen lived for many years on bare, treeless land. Then he decided to equip the region. Väinämöinen called Sampsa Pellervoinen, the sower boy. Sampsa sowed the land with grass, bushes and trees. The earth was dressed in flowers and greenery, but only one oak could not sprout.
Then four maidens came out of the sea. They cut the grass and collected it in a big haystack. Then a monster, the hero Tursas (Iku-Turso), rose from the sea and set fire to the hay. Väinämöinen put the acorn into the resulting ash, and from the acorn grew a huge oak tree, covering the sky and the sun with its crown.
Väinö thought who could cut down this giant tree, but there was no such hero. The singer prayed to his mother to send him someone to cut down the oak. And then a dwarf came out of the water, grew into a giant, and from the third swing cut down a wonderful oak tree. Who lifted his branch - found happiness forever, who top - became a sorcerer, who cut his leaves - became cheerful and joyful. One of the chips of the wonderful oak swam into Pohjola. The maiden of Pohjola took it for herself so that the sorcerer would make enchanted arrows out of her.
The earth blossomed, birds fluttered in the forest, but only the barley did not rise, the bread did not ripen. Väinämöinen went to the blue sea and found six grains at the edge of the water. He raised grains and sowed them near the Kalevala River. The tit told the chanter that the grains would not sprout, since the land for arable land had not been cleared. Väinämöinen cleared the land, cut down the forest, but left a birch tree in the middle of the field so that the birds could rest on it. The eagle praised Väinämöinen for his care and delivered fire to the cleared area as a reward. Väinyo sowed the field, offering a prayer to the earth, Ukko (as the lord of rain), so that they would take care of the ears, the harvest. Shoots appeared on the field, and barley ripened.
Väinämöinen lived in Kalevala, showing his wisdom to the world, and sang songs about the affairs of the past, about the origin of things. Rumor has spread the news of the wisdom and strength of Väinämöinen far and wide. These news were heard by Joukahainen, a resident of Pohjola. Jokahainen envied Väinämöinen's glory and, despite the persuasion of his parents, went to Kalevala in order to shame the singer. On the third day of the journey, Joukahainen collided with Väinämöinen on the road and challenged him to measure the power of songs and the depth of knowledge. Joukahainen began to sing about what he sees and what he knows. Väinämöinen answered him:
Mind of a child, woman's wisdom
Not good for bearded people
And married inappropriately.
You say things start
The depth of eternal deeds!
And then Joukahainen began to boast that it was he who created the sea, the earth, the luminaries. In response, the sage caught him in a lie. Joukahainen challenged Väine to a fight. The song-singer answered him with a song that made the earth tremble, and Joukahainen plunged up to his waist into the swamp. Then he begged for mercy, promised a ransom: wonderful bows, fast boats, horses, gold and silver, bread from his fields. But Väinämöinen did not agree. Then Youkahainen offered to marry his sister, the beautiful Aino. Väinämöinen accepted this offer and let him go. Joukahainen returned home and told his mother what had happened. The mother was delighted that the wise Väinämöinen would become her son-in-law. And sister Aino began to cry and grieve. She was sorry to leave her native land, to leave her freedom, to marry an old man.
Väinämöinen met Aino in the forest and proposed to her. Aino replied that she was not going to marry, and she herself returned home in tears and began to beg her mother not to give her to the old man. Mother persuaded Aino to stop crying, put on a smart dress, jewelry and wait for the groom. The daughter, grieving, put on a dress, jewelry and, determined to commit suicide, went to the sea. On the seashore, she left her clothes and went to swim. Having reached the stone cliff, Aino wanted to rest on it, but the cliff, along with the girl, collapsed into the sea, and she drowned. A nimble hare delivered sad news to the Aino family. The mother mourned her dead daughter day and night.
News of Aino's death reached Väinämöinen. In a dream, the saddened Väinämöinen saw the place in the sea where mermaids live, and found out that his bride was among them. He went there and caught a wonderful fish unlike any other. Väinämöinen tried to cut this fish in order to cook food, but the fish slipped out of the hands of the singer and told him that she was not a fish, but the maiden of the queen of the seas Vellamo and the king of the deep Ahto, that she was the sister of Jukahainen, young Aino. She swam out of the depths of the sea to become the wife of Väinämöinen, but he did not recognize her, mistook her for a fish and now missed her forever. The singer began to beg Aino to return, but the fish had already disappeared into the abyss. Väinämöinen threw his net into the sea and caught everything in it, but he never caught that fish. Reproaching and scolding himself, Väinämöinen returned home. His mother, Ilmatar, advised him not to whine about the lost bride, but to go for a new one, to Pohjola.
Väinämöinen went to gloomy Pohjola, foggy Sariola. But Joukahainen, holding a grudge against Väinämöinen, envious of his talent as a singer, decided to kill the old man. He ambushed him on the road. Seeing the wise Väinämöinen, the vicious bastard fired and hit the horse on the third attempt. The chanter fell into the sea, the waves and wind carried him away from the land. Jukahainen, thinking that he had killed Väinämöinen, returned home and boasted to his mother that he had killed the elder Väinö. The mother condemned the unreasonable son for a bad deed.
For many days the singer sailed in the open sea, where he and he were met by a mighty eagle. Väinämöinen told about how he got into the sea and the eagle, in gratitude for leaving a birch tree in a field for resting birds, offered his help. The eagle delivered the singer to the shore of Pohjola. Väinämöinen could not find his way home and wept bitterly; Louhi found Väinämöinen, took him to her house and welcomed him as a guest. Väinämöinen yearned for his native Kalevala and wanted to return home.
Louhi promised to marry Väinämöinen to her daughter and take him to the Kalevala in exchange for forging the wonderful Sampo mill. Väinämöinen said that he could not forge Sampo, but upon his return to Kalevala he would send the most skilled blacksmith in the world, Ilmarinen, who would make her the desired miracle mill.
After all, he forged the sky,
He forged the roof of the air,
So that there are no traces of fettering
And there are no traces of ticks.
The old woman insisted that only the one who forges Sampo would receive her daughter. But nevertheless, she gathered Väinämöinen on the road, gave him a sledge and ordered the singer not to look at the sky during the journey, otherwise an evil fate would befall him.
On the way home, Väinämöinen heard a strange noise, as if someone were weaving in the sky, above his head.
The old man raised his head
And then he looked at the sky:
Here is an arc in the sky,
A girl sits on an arc,
Weaves golden clothes
Decorates everything with silver.
Väinö offered the girl to get off the rainbow, sit in his sleigh and go to Kalevala to become his wife there. Then the girl asked the singer to cut her hair with a blunt knife, tie an egg into a knot, grind a stone and cut poles out of ice, “so that pieces do not fall, so that a speck of dust does not fly off.” Only then will she sit in his sleigh. Väinämöinen complied with all her requests. But then the girl asked to cut the boat "from the wreckage of the spindle and lower it into the water without pushing it with her knee." Väinö set to work on the boat. The ax, with the participation of the evil Hiisi, jumped off and stuck into the knee of the wise old man. Blood flowed from the wound. Väinämöinen tried to speak the blood, heal the wound. The conspiracies did not help, the blood did not stop - the singer could not remember the birth of iron. And Väinämöinen began to look for someone who could speak a deep wound. In one of the villages, Väinämöinen found an old man who undertook to help the singer.
The old man said that he knew the cure for such wounds, but he did not remember the beginning of iron, its birth. But Väinämöinen himself remembered this story and told it:
Air is the mother of everything,
Elder brother - water is called,
The younger brother of water is iron,
The middle brother is a hot fire.
Ukko, that supreme creator,
Elder Ukko, god of heaven,
Separated water from the sky,
He divided the water from the land;
Only iron was not born,
It was not born, it did not rise ...
Then Ukko rubbed his hands, and three maidens appeared on his left knee. They walked across the sky, milk flowing from their breasts. Soft iron came out of the black milk of the older girl, steel came out of the white milk of the middle girl, weak iron (cast iron) came out of the red younger girl. Born iron wanted to see the older brother - fire. But the fire wanted to burn the iron. Then it fled in fright into the swamps and hid under water.
Meanwhile, the blacksmith Ilmarinen was born. He was born at night, and during the day he built a forge. The blacksmith was attracted by traces of iron on animal paths, he wanted to put it on fire. Iron was afraid, but Ilmarinen reassured him, promised a miraculous transformation into different things and threw him into the furnace. Iron asked to be taken out of the fire. The blacksmith replied that then iron could become merciless and attack a person. Iron swore a terrible oath that he would never encroach on a person. Ilmarinen took iron out of the fire and forged various things from it.
To make the iron durable, the blacksmith prepared a composition for hardening and asked the bee to bring honey to add it to the composition. The hornet also heard his request, he flew to his master, the evil Hiisi. Hiisi gave poison to the hornet, which he brought instead of a bee to Ilmarinen. The blacksmith, not knowing treason, added poison to the composition and tempered the iron in it. Iron came out of the fire angry, dropped all oaths and attacked people.
The old man, having heard the story of Väinämöinen, said that he now knew the beginning of iron, and proceeded to spell the wound. Calling on Ukko for help, he prepared a miraculous ointment and cured Väinämöinen.
Väinämöinen returned home, on the border of Kalevala he cursed Jukahainen, because of which he ended up in Pohjola and was forced to promise the blacksmith Ilmarinen to the old woman Loukhi. Along the way, he created a wonderful pine tree with a constellation at the top. At home, the singer began to persuade Ilmarinen to go to Pohjola for a beautiful wife, who would get the one who forged the Sampo. Kovatel asked if that was why he was persuading him to go to Pohjola to save himself, and categorically refused to go. Then Väinämöinen told Ilmarinen about a wonderful pine tree in the clearing and offered to go and look at this pine tree, remove the constellation from the top. The blacksmith innocently climbed a tree, and Väinämöinen summoned the wind with the power of song and transferred Ilmarinen to Pohjola.
Louhi met a blacksmith, introduced her to her daughter and asked him to forge Sampo. Ilmarinen agreed and set to work. Ilmarinen worked for four days, but other things came out of the fire: a bow, a shuttle, a cow, a plow. All of them had a "bad quality", all were "evil", so Ilmarinen broke them and threw them back into the fire. Only on the seventh day, the wonderful Sampo came out of the furnace flame, the motley lid spun.
The old woman Loukhi was delighted, carried the Sampo to the Pohjola mountain and buried it there. In the earth, a wonderful mill has taken three deep roots. Ilmarinen asked to give him the beautiful Pohjola, but the girl refused to marry the blacksmith. The sad blacksmith returned home and told Väinyo that the Sampo had been forged.
Lemminkäinen, a cheerful hunter, the hero of the Kalevala, is good for everyone, but has one drawback - he is very greedy for female charms. Lemminkäinen heard about a beautiful girl who lived in Saari. The obstinate girl did not want to marry anyone. The hunter decided to woo her. The mother dissuaded her son from a rash act, but he did not obey and set off.
At first, the Saari girls taunted the poor hunter. But over time, Lemminkäinen conquered all the Saari girls, except for one - Kyllikki - the one for whom he set off on a journey. Then the hunter kidnapped Kyllikki to take her as his wife to his poor house. While taking the girl away, the hero threatened: if the girls of Saari tell who took Kyllikki away, he will start a war and destroy all their husbands and boyfriends. Kyllikki resisted at first, but then agreed to become Lemminkäinen's wife and took an oath from him that he would never go to war in her native land. Lemminkäinen swore and took an oath from Kyllikki that she would never go to her village and dance with the girls.
Lemminkäinen lived happily with his wife. Somehow, a cheerful hunter went fishing and stayed late, and in the meantime, without waiting for her husband, Küllikki went to the village to dance with the girls. Lemminkäinen's sister told her brother about what his wife had done. Lemminkäinen got angry, decided to leave Kyllikki and go to woo the girl Pohjola. The mother frightened the brave hunter with the sorcerers of the gloomy region, saying that his death awaited there. But Lemminkäinen self-confidently replied that the sorcerers of Pohjola were not afraid of him. Combing his hair with a brush, he threw it on the floor with the words:
“Only then misfortune is evil
Lemminkäinen will befall
If blood spurts from the brush,
If the red one pours.
Lemminkäinen hit the road, in the clearing he offered a prayer to Ukko, Ilmatar and the gods of the forest to help him on a dangerous journey.
Unkindly met the hunter in Pohjola. In the village of Loukhi, a hunter entered a house full of sorcerers and magicians. With his songs, he cursed all the men of Pohjola, deprived them of their strength and magical gift. He cursed everyone, except for the lame old shepherd. When the shepherd asked the hero why he spared him, Lemminkäinen replied that he spared him only because the old man was already so pathetic, without any spells. The evil shepherd did not forgive this Lemminkäinen and decided to lie in wait for the hunter near the waters of the gloomy river Tuonela - the river of the underworld, the river of the dead.
Lemminkäinen asked the old woman Louhi to marry his beautiful daughter to him. In response to the old woman's reproach that he already had a wife, Lemminkäinen announced that he would drive Kyllikki away. Louhi gave the hunter the condition that she would give up her daughter if the hero caught Hiisi the elk. The cheerful hunter said that he would easily catch the elk, but it was not so easy to find and catch him.
Lemminkäinen asked Ukko to help him catch the moose. He also summoned the forest king Tapio, his son Nyurikki and the forest queen Mielikki. The spirits of the forest helped the hunter catch the elk. Lemminkäinen brought the moose to the old woman Louhi, but she set a new condition: the hero must bring her the stallion Hiisi. Lemminkäinen again asked for help from Ukko the Thunderer. Ukko drove the stallion to the hunter with an iron hail. But the mistress of Pohjola set the third condition: to shoot the swan of Tuonela - the river in the underworld of the dead. The hero went down to Manala, where a treacherous shepherd was already waiting for him by the gloomy river. The vicious old man snatched a snake from the waters of the gloomy river and pierced Lemminkäinen as if with a spear. The hunter, poisoned by the snake's venom, dies. And the Pohjöl cut the body of poor Lemminkäinen into five pieces and threw them into the waters of Tuonela.
At Lemminkäinen's home, blood began to ooze from the left brush. The mother realized that a misfortune had happened to her son. She went to Pohjola for news of him. The old woman Louhi, after persistent questions and threats, confessed that Lemminkäinen had gone to Tuonela to fetch the swan. Having gone in search of her son, the poor mother asked the oak, the road, the month, where the cheerful Lemminkäinen had disappeared, but they did not want to help. Only the sun showed her the place of her son's death. The unfortunate old woman turned to Ilmarinen with a request to forge a huge rake. The sun put all the warriors of the gloomy Tuonela to sleep, and in the meantime, Lemminkäinen's mother began to search the black waters of Manala with a rake for the body of her beloved son. With incredible efforts, she fished out the remains of the hero, connected them and turned to the bee with a request to bring some honey from the divine halls. She smeared the hunter's body with this honey. The hero came to life and told his mother how he was killed. The mother persuaded Lemminkäinen to abandon the thought of Louhi's daughter and took him home to Kalevala.
Väinämöinen thought of making a boat and sent Pellervoinen to Samps for a tree. Aspen and pine were not suitable for construction, but the mighty oak, nine fathoms in girth, fit perfectly. Väinämöinen “builds a boat with a spell, he knocks down a shuttle by singing from pieces of a large oak.” But three words were not enough for him to launch the boat into the water. The wise singer went in search of these cherished words, but he could not find them anywhere. In search of these words, he descended into the realm of Manala
There, the singer saw the daughter of Mana (the god of the kingdom of the dead), who was sitting on the bank of the river. Väinämöinen asked for a boat to cross over to the other side and enter the realm of the dead. The daughter of Mana asked why he descended into their realm alive and unharmed.
Väinämöinen dodged the answer for a long time, but, in the end, admitted that he was looking for magic words for the boat. The daughter of Mana warned the singer that few were returning from their land, and sent him to the other side. Tuonela's mistress met him there and brought him a mug of dead beer. Väinämöinen refused beer and asked him to reveal the treasured three words to him. The mistress said that she did not know them, but all the same, Väinämöinen would never again be able to leave the realm of Mana. She plunged the hero into a deep sleep. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of gloomy Tuonela have prepared barriers that should keep the singer. However, the wise Väinö bypassed all the traps and ascended to the upper world. The singer turned to God with a request not to allow anyone to arbitrarily descend into the gloomy Manala and told how hard it is for evil people in the kingdom of the dead, what punishments await them.
Väinämöinen went to the giant Vipunen for magic words. He found Vipunen rooted to the ground, covered with forest. Väinämöinen tried to wake up the giant, to open his huge mouth, but Vipunen accidentally swallowed the hero. The song-singer set up a forge in the giant's womb and woke Vipunen with the thunder of the hammer and the heat. Tormented by pain, the giant ordered the hero to get out of the womb, but Väinämöinen refused to leave the giant's body and promised to hit harder with a hammer:
If I don't hear the words
I don't recognize spells
I don't remember any good ones here.
Words must not be hidden
Parables should not be hidden,
Must not burrow into the ground
And after the death of sorcerers.
Vipunen sang a song "about things of origin". Väinämöinen got out of the belly of the giant and completed his boat.
Väinämöinen decided to take a new boat to Pohjola and marry Louhi's daughter. Ilmarinen's sister, Annikki, having gone out to wash in the morning, saw the singer's boat moored on the shore and asked the hero where he was going. Väinämöinen admitted that he was going to gloomy Pohjola, foggy Sariola, to marry the beauty of the North. Annikki ran home and told everything to her brother, the blacksmith Ilmarinen. The blacksmith was saddened and began to get ready to go so as not to miss his bride.
So they rode: Väinämöinen by sea in a wonderful boat, Ilmarinen by land, on horseback. After some time, the blacksmith caught up with Väinämöinen, and they agreed not to force the beauty to marry. May the one whom she herself chooses to be her husband be happy. The less fortunate, let him not be angry. The suitors drove up to Louhi's house. Sariola's mistress advised her daughter to choose Väinämöinen, but she preferred the young blacksmith. Väinämöinen went to Louhi's house, and the beautiful Pohjola refused him.
Ilmarinen asked Louhi about his fiancee. Louhi replied that she would marry her daughter to a blacksmith if he plowed Hiisi's snake field. Louhi's daughter gave advice to the blacksmith on how to plow this field, and the blacksmith did the job. The evil old woman set a new condition: to catch a bear in Tuonela, to catch the gray wolf of Manala. The bride again gave the blacksmith advice, and he caught the bear and the wolf. But the hostess of Pohjola again became stubborn: the wedding will take place after the blacksmith catches a pike in the waters of Manala. The bride advised the blacksmith to forge an eagle, which would catch this fish. Ilmarinen did just that, but on the way back the iron eagle ate the pike, leaving only the head. Ilmarinen brought this head as proof to the mistress of Pohjola. Louhi resigned herself, gave her daughter to the blacksmith as a wife. And the saddened Väinämöinen went home, punishing the old grooms from now on never to compete with the young.
A wedding feast is being prepared in Pohjola. In order to prepare a treat, you need to roast a whole bull. They drove a bull: the horns of 100 fathoms, the squirrel jumps from head to tail for a whole month, and there was no such hero who could kill him. But then a sea hero with an iron fist rose from the waters and killed a huge bull with one blow.
Old Louhi did not know how to brew beer for the wedding. The old man on the stove told Loukhi about the birth of hops, barley, about the first creation of beer by Osmotar, the daughter of Kaleva. Having learned about how beer is brewed, the hostess of Sariola began to prepare it. The forests thinned out: they chopped firewood for cooking, the springs dried up: they collected water for beer, filled half of Pohjola with smoke.
Louhi sent messengers to invite everyone to the big wedding, everyone except Lemminkäinen. If Lemminkäinen comes, he will start a fight at the feast, he will make old men and girls laugh.
Louhi greeted the guests. She ordered the slave to better accept her son-in-law, to show him special honors. The guests sat down at the table, began to eat, drink foamy beer. Old Väinämöinen raised his mug and asked the guests if someone would sing the song “so that our day is cheerful, so that our evening is glorified?” But no one dared to sing under the wise Väinämöinen, then he himself began to sing, glorifying the young, wishing them a happy life.
The bride is getting ready to leave. They sang songs to her about her girlish life and about the unsweetened life of a wife in a strange house. The bride began to cry bitterly, but she was consoled.
The bride is taught and advised on how she should live as a married woman. The old beggar woman told about her life, how she was a girl, how she was married and how she left her evil husband.
The groom is instructed on how he should treat the bride, they are not ordered to treat her badly. The beggar old man told how he once brought his wife to reason.
The bride said goodbye to everyone. Ilmarinen put the bride in the sleigh, set off and arrived home on the third day in the evening.
At home, Ilmarinen and his wife met the mother of the blacksmith Locke, spoke affectionately to her daughter-in-law, and praised her in every possible way. The newlyweds and guests were seated at the table, treated to their heart's content. Väinämöinen, in his drinking song, praised his native land, its men and women, the host and mistress, the matchmaker and bridesmaid, and guests. After the wedding feast, the singer went home. On the way, his sleigh broke down, and the hero asked the locals if there was such a daredevil here who would go down to Tuonela for a gimlet to fix his sleigh. He was told that there was none. Väinämöinen had to go down to Tuonela himself, after which he repaired the sled and got home safely.
Meanwhile, Lemminkäinen learned that a wedding was being celebrated in Pohjola, and decided to go there to avenge the insult. His mother dissuaded him from such a risky venture, but the hunter remained adamant. Then the mother spoke about the dangers that lie in wait for Lemminkäinen on the way to Pohjola, reproached that her son had forgotten early about how he had already died once in that land of sorcerers. Lemminkäinen did not listen and set off.
On the road, Lemminkäinen met the first death - a fiery eagle. The hunter escaped by conjuring a flock of hazel grouse. Further, the hero met with the second death - an abyss filled with red-hot blocks. The hunter turned to the supreme god Ukko, and he sent a snowfall. Lemminkäinen built an ice bridge over the abyss with sorcery. Then Lemminkäinen met with the third death - a ferocious bear and a wolf, on which, with the help of magic, he released a herd of sheep. At the very gates of Pohjola, the hunter met a huge snake. The hero bewitched her, uttering magic words and remembering the birth of the snake from the saliva of Syuetar (an evil water creature) through the witchcraft of Hiisi, and the snake cleared the way for the hunter to Pohyola.
Having passed all the dangers, the cheerful Lemminkäinen arrived in Pohjola, where he was unkindly received. The angry hero began to scold the owner and hostess for secretly celebrating their daughter's wedding and now they meet him so hostilely. The owner of Pohjola challenged Lemminkäinen to compete in witchcraft and sorcery. The hunter won the contest, then the pogolet challenged him to fight with swords. Lemminkäinen also won here, he killed the owner of Pohjola and cut off his head. Enraged, Louhi summoned armed warriors to avenge her husband's death.
Lemminkäinen hurriedly left Pohjola and flew home in the form of an eagle. At home, he told his mother about what had happened in Sariol, that the soldiers of Louhi were going to war against him, and asked where he could hide and wait out the invasion. The mother reproached the wild hunter for having gone to Pohjola, incurring such danger, and offered to go for three years to a small island beyond the seas, where his father had lived during the wars. But before that, she took a terrible oath from the hunter not to fight for ten years. Lemminkäinen swore.
Lemminkäinen went to a small island. The locals greeted him. With sorcery, the hunter charmed the local girls, seduced them and lived on the island in joy for three years. The men of the island, angry at the frivolous behavior of the hunter, decided to kill him. Lemminkäinen found out about the plot and fled the island, which the girls and women bitterly regretted.
A strong storm at sea broke the hunter's boat, and he was forced to swim to the shore. On the shore, Lemminkäinen got a new boat and sailed to his native shores on it. But there he saw that his house was burned, the area was deserted and there was no one from his family. Here Lemminkäinen began to cry, began to reproach and scold himself for having gone to Pohjola, incurring the wrath of the Pohjola people, and now his whole family has died, and his beloved mother has been killed. Then the hero noticed a path leading into the forest. Walking along it, the hunter found a hut, and in it his old mother. The mother told how the people of Pohjola ruined their home. The hunter promised to build a new house, even better than the old one, and take revenge on Pohjola for all the troubles, told how he had lived all these years on a distant island.
Lemminkäinen could not accept the fact that he had taken an oath for ten years not to fight. He again did not listen to his mother's persuasions, again he gathered for war with Pohjola and invited his faithful friend Tiera to go on a campaign. Together they went on a campaign against the people of Sariola. The mistress of Pohjola sent a terrible frost on them, which froze Lemminkäinen's boat in the sea. However, the hunter cast spells to drive away the frost.
Lemminkäinen and his friend Tiera left the canoe in the ice, and they themselves reached the shore on foot, where, saddened and depressed, they wandered through the wilderness until they finally returned home.
There lived two brothers: Untamo, the younger, and Kalervo, the eldest. Untamo did not love his brother, he plotted all sorts of intrigues for him. There was a feud between the brothers. Untamo gathered warriors and killed Kalervo and all his family, except for one pregnant woman, whom Untamo took with him as a slave. The woman gave birth to a child, who is called Kullervo. Even in the cradle, the child promised to become a hero. Grown up Kullervo began to think about revenge.
Untamo, worried about this, decided to get rid of the child. Kullervo was put in a barrel and thrown into the water, but the boy did not drown. He was found sitting on a barrel and fishing in the sea. Then they decided to throw the child into the fire, but the boy did not burn out. They decided to hang Kullervo on an oak tree, but on the third day they found him sitting on a bough and drawing warriors on the bark of a tree. Untamo resigned himself and left the boy as his slave. When Kullervo grew up, they began to give him work: to nurse a child, cut wood, weave wattle, thresh rye. But Kullervo is good for nothing, he ruined all the work: he tormented the child, chopped down a good timber, spun the wattle fence up to the sky without an entrance or exit, turned the grain into dust. Then Untamo decided to sell the worthless slave to the blacksmith Ilmarinen:
The blacksmith gave a big price:
He gave away two old boilers,
Rusty three iron hooks,
Kos heels he gave unfit,
Six hoes bad, unnecessary
For the bad boy
For a very bad slave.
The wife of Ilmarinen, the daughter of the old woman Loukha, appointed Kullervo as a shepherd. And for laughter and for insult, the young mistress prepared bread for the shepherd: wheat on the top, oatmeal on the bottom, and baked a stone in the middle. She handed this bread to Kullervo and told the shepherd not to eat it before he drove the flock into the forest. The hostess released the herd, cast a spell on him from adversity, calling on Ukko, Mielikki (the queen of the forest), Tellervo (daughter of the king of the forest) as assistants and begging them to protect the herd; asked Otso - a bear, a beauty with a honey paw - not to touch the herd, to bypass it.
Kullervo was tending the flock. In the afternoon the shepherd sat down to rest and eat. He took out the bread baked by the young mistress and began to cut it with a knife:
And the knife rested on a stone
The blade is naked, hard;
The blade of the knife broke
The blade broke into pieces.
Kullervo was upset: he got this knife from his father, this is the only memory of his family carved by Untamo. Furious, Kullervo decided to take revenge on the hostess, Ilmarinen's wife, for ridicule. The shepherd drove the herd into the swamp and wild animals devoured all the cattle. Kullervo turned the bears into cows and the wolves into calves and drove them home under the guise of a herd. On the way, he ordered them to tear the hostess to pieces: “Only she will look at you, she will only bend down to milk!” The young mistress, seeing the herd, asked Ilmarinen's mother to go and milk the cows, but Kullervo, reproaching her, said that a good mistress milks the cows herself. Then Ilmarinen's wife went to the barn, and the bears and wolves tore her to pieces.
Kullervo ran away from the blacksmith's house and decided to take revenge on Untamo for all the insults, for the destruction of the Kalervo family. But in the forest the shepherd met an old woman who told him that Kalervo, his father, was actually alive. She suggested how to find it. Kullervo went looking and found his family on the border of Lapland. The mother greeted her son with tears, said that she considered him missing, like her eldest daughter, who had gone berry-deep, but never returned.
Kullervo remained to live in his parents' house. But even there there was no use for his heroic strength. Everything that the shepherd did turned out to be useless, spoiled. And then the grieved father sent Kullervo to the city to pay taxes. On the way back, Kullervo met the girl, lured her into his sleigh with gifts, and seduced her. It turned out that this girl is the same missing Kullervo sister. In desperation, the girl threw herself into the river. And Kullervo went home in grief, told his mother about what had happened and decided to commit suicide. His mother forbade him to part with his life, began to persuade him to leave, find a quiet corner and quietly live out his life there. Kullervo did not agree, he was going to take revenge on Untamo for everything.
The mother dissuaded her son from committing a rash act. Kullervo was adamant, especially since all his relatives cursed him. One mother was not indifferent to what happened to her son. While Kullervo was fighting, news of the death of his father, brother and sister reached him, but he did not cry for them. Only when the news of his mother's death came did the shepherd weep. Having come to the Untamo clan, Kullervo exterminated both women and men, ruined their houses. Returning to his land, Kullervo did not find any of his relatives, everyone died and the house was empty. Then the unfortunate shepherd went into the forest and lost his life, throwing himself on the sword.
At this time, the blacksmith Ilmarinen mourned his dead mistress and decided to forge a new wife for himself. With great difficulty, he forged a girl from gold and silver:
He forged, not sleeping, at night,
During the day he forged non-stop.
Made her legs and arms
But the leg cannot go,
And the hand does not hug.
He pierced the virgin's ears,
But they cannot hear.
He skillfully made the mouth
And her eyes are alive
But the mouth remained without words
And eyes without a gleam of feeling.
When the blacksmith went to bed with his new wife, the side with which he was in contact with the statue completely froze. Convinced of the unsuitability of the golden wife, Ilmarinen offered her as a wife to Väinämöinen. The singer refused and advised the blacksmith to throw the precious girl into the fire and forge many necessary things from gold and silver, or take her to other countries and give her to gold-thirsty suitors. Väinämöinen forbade future generations to bow before gold.
Ilmarinen went to Pohjola to woo the sister of his former wife, but in response to his proposal he heard only abuse and reproaches. The angry blacksmith kidnapped the girl. On the way, the girl treated the blacksmith disdainfully, humiliated him in every possible way. Enraged, Ilmarinen turned the evil girl into a seagull.
The sad blacksmith returned home with nothing. In response to Väinämöinen's questions, he told how he was driven out in Pohjola, and how the land of Sariola prospers, because there is a magical Sampo mill.
Väinämöinen invited Ilmarinen to go to Pohjola, to take away the Sampo mill from the mistress of Sariola. The blacksmith replied that it was very difficult to get the Sampo, the evil Louhi hid it in the rock, the miracle mill is held by three roots that have grown into the ground. But the blacksmith agreed to go to Pohjola, he forged a wonderful fire blade for Väinämöinen. As he was getting ready to go, Väinämöinen heard crying. It was the boat crying, missing the exploits. Väinämöinen promised the boat to take her on a journey. With spells, the singer lowered the boat into the water, Väinämöinen himself, Ilmarinen, and their squad got into it and sailed to Sariola. Passing by the dwelling of the cheerful hunter Lemminkäinen, the heroes took him with them and went together to save Sampo from the hands of the evil Louhi.
The boat with the heroes sailed to a lonely cape. Lemminkäinen cursed the river streams so that they would not break the boat and harm the soldiers. He turned to Ukko, Kiwi-Kimmo (deity of pitfalls), the son of Kammo (deity of horror), Melatar (goddess of turbulent currents), with a request not to harm their boat. Suddenly, the boat of heroes stopped, no amount of effort could move it. It turned out that the prow was held by a huge pike. Väinämöinen, Ilmarinen and the team caught a wonderful pike and went on. On the way the fish was boiled and eaten. From the bones of fish, Väinämöinen made himself a kantele, a musical instrument of the harp family. But there was no true craftsman on earth to play the kantele.
Väinämöinen started playing the kantele. The daughters of creation, the maidens of the air, the daughter of the Moon and the Sun, Ahto, the mistress of the sea, gathered to listen to his wonderful play. Tears appeared in the eyes of the listeners and Väinämöinen himself, his tears fell into the sea and turned into blue pearls of fabulous beauty.
The heroes arrived in Pohjola. Old Louhi asked why the heroes came to this region. The heroes replied that they had come for Sampo. They offered to share the miracle mill. Louhi refused. Then Väinämöinen warned that if the people of Kalevala did not receive half, then they would take everything by force. The mistress of Pohjola summoned all her warriors against the heroes of Kalevala. But the prophetic chanter took the kantele, began to play on it, and with his playing enchanted the drunkards, plunged them into a dream.
The heroes went in search of a mill and found it in a rock behind iron doors with nine locks and ten bolts. Väinämöinen opened the gate with spells. Ilmarinen smeared the hinges with oil so that the gate would not creak. However, even the braggart Lemminkäinen was unable to raise the Sampo. Only with the help of a bull, the people of Kalevala were able to plow up the roots of Sampo and transfer it to the ship.
The heroes decided to transport the mill to a distant island "unscathed and calm and not visited by the sword." On the way home, Lemminkäinen wanted to sing to pass the way. Väinämöinen warned him that now was not the time to sing. Lemminkäinen, not listening to wise advice, began to sing in a bad voice, and woke up the crane with loud sounds. The crane, frightened by the terrible singing, flew to the North and woke up the inhabitants of Pohjola.
When the old woman Louhi discovered that Sampo was missing, she became terribly angry. She guessed who stole her treasure and where it was being taken. She asked Udutar (maiden of the mist) to send mist and darkness on the kidnappers, the monster Iku-Turso to drown the Kalevala people in the sea, return Sampo to Pohjola, she asked Ukko to raise a storm to delay their boat until she herself catches up with them and takes her jewel. Väinämöinen magically got rid of the fog, spells from Iku-Turso, but the storm that broke out took away the wonderful kantele from pike bones. Väinämöinen grieved for the loss.
The evil Louhi sent the Pohjola warriors in pursuit of the Sampo kidnappers. When the ship of the Pohölians overtook the fugitives, Väinämöinen took out a piece of flint from the bag and with spells threw it into the water, where it turned into a rock. Pohjola's boat crashed, but Louhi turned into a terrible bird:
Brings old braids of heels,
Six hoes, long unnecessary:
They serve her like fingers,
They are like a handful of claws, squeezing,
In an instant, half the boat picked up:
Tied up under the knees;
And the sides to the shoulders, like wings,
I put on the steering wheel like a tail;
One hundred men sat on the wings,
A thousand sat on the tail,
A hundred swordsmen sat down,
A thousand brave shooters.
Louhi spread her wings
She rose like an eagle into the air.
Flapping its wings high
Beats with one wing on a cloud,
It drags another on the water.
The mother of water, Ilmatar, warned Väinämöinen of the approach of the monstrous bird. When Louhi overtook the Kalevala boat, the wise song-singer again proposed to the sorceress that Sampo should be fairly divided. The mistress of Pohjola again refused, seized the mill with her claws and tried to drag it off the boat. The heroes pounced on Louhi, trying to interfere. However, with one finger, Louhi the bird nevertheless clung to the wonderful mill, but did not hold it, dropped it into the sea and broke it.
Large wreckage of the mill sank into the sea, and therefore there are so many riches in the sea that will not be transferred forever. Small fragments were washed ashore by the current and waves. Väinämöinen collected these fragments and planted them in the Kalevala soil so that the region would be rich.
And the evil mistress of Pohjola, who got only a motley lid from the miracle mill (which caused poverty in Sariola), began to threaten in revenge to steal the sun and the moon, hide them in the rock, freeze all the seedlings with frost, beat the crops with hail, send the bear out of the forest to herds of Kalevala, let pestilence on people. However, Väinämöinen replied that with the help of Ukko, he would remove her evil spell from his land.
Väinämöinen went to sea to look for a kantele made of pike bones, but despite all his efforts, he did not find it. Sad Väinö returned home and heard a birch crying in the forest. The birch complained about how hard it was for her: in the spring they cut her bark to collect juice, the girls knit brooms from her branches, the shepherd weaves boxes and scabbards from her bark. Väinämöinen consoled the birch and made a kantele out of it, better than before. The singer made the nails and pegs for the kantele from the singing of a cuckoo, the strings from the tender hair of a girl. When the kantele was ready, Väinö began to play, and the whole world listened to his playing with admiration.
Louhi, who heard rumors about the prosperity of Kalevala, envied her prosperity and decided to send pestilence on the people of Kalevala. At this time, the pregnant Lovyatar (goddess, mother of diseases) came to Louhi. Louhi adopted Lovyatar and helped to give birth. Lovyatar had 9 sons - all diseases and misfortunes. The old woman Louhi sent them to the people of Kaleva. However, Väinämöinen saved his people from illness and death with spells and ointments.
The old woman Loukhi learned that in Kalevala they were cured of the diseases she had sent. Then she decided to set the bear on the herds of Kaleva. Väinämöinen asked the blacksmith Ilmarinen to forge a spear and went hunting for a bear - Otso, a forest apple, a beauty with a honey paw.
Väinämöinen sang a song in which he asked the bear to hide his claws and not threaten him, convinced the bear that he had not killed him - the bear himself fell from the tree and tore his skin-clothes and turned to the beast, as if inviting him to visit.
A feast was arranged in the village on the occasion of a successful hunt, and Väinö told how the gods and goddesses of the forest had helped him in the bear hunt.
Väinämöinen played the kantele. The sun and the moon, having heard the wonderful game, descended lower. The old woman Loukhi seized them, hid them in the rock and stole the fire from the hearths of Kaleva. A cold, hopeless night fell on the Kalevala. Even in the sky, in the dwelling of Ukko, darkness fell. People were sad, Ukko got worried, left his house, but did not find either the sun or the moon. Then the Thunderer struck out a spark, hid it in a bag, and the bag in a casket and gave this casket to the airy maiden, "so that a new month grows, a new sun appears." The maiden began to cradle the heavenly fire in the cradle, to nurse it in her arms. Suddenly the fire fell out of the nanny's hands, flew through the nine heavens and fell to the ground.
Väinämöinen, seeing the fall of a spark, said to the forger Ilmarinen: “Let's see what kind of fire fell to the ground!”, And the heroes set off in search of heavenly fire. On the way they met Ilmatar, and she said that on earth the heavenly fire, the spark of Ukko, burns everything in its path. She burned Turi's house, burned fields, swamps, and then fell into Lake Alue. But even in the lake, the heavenly fire did not go out. The lake boiled for a long time, and the lake fish began to think how to get rid of the evil fire. Then the whitefish absorbed the spark of Ukko. The lake calmed down, but the whitefish began to suffer from pain. Pied took pity on the whitefish and swallowed it along with the spark, and also began to suffer from an unbearable burning sensation. Pied was swallowed by a gray pike, and the fever began to pester her too. Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen came to the shore of Lake Alue and cast their nets to catch the gray pike. The women of Kalevala helped them, but there are no gray pike in the nets. The second time they threw the nets, now men helped them, but again there was no gray pike in the nets.
Väinämöinen wove a giant net out of flax. Together with Ilmarinen, with the help of Vellamo (the sea queen) and Ahto (the sea king), who sent the sea hero, they finally catch the gray pike. The son of the sun, helping the heroes, cut the pike and took out a spark from it. But the spark slipped out of the hand of the son of the Sun, scorched Väinämöinen's beard, burned the hands and cheeks of the blacksmith Ilmarinen, ran through the forests and fields, burned half of Pohjola. However, the singer caught the fire, enchanted it and brought it to the dwellings of Kaleva. Ilmarinen suffered from the burns of magical fire, but, knowing the spells against burns, he was cured.
There was already a fire in the dwellings of Kaleva, but there was no sun and no moon in the sky. The inhabitants asked Ilmarinen to forge new luminaries. Ilmarinen set to work, but the wise chanter tells him that:
You've done a futile job!
Gold will not become a month
Silver will not be the sun!
Despite this, Ilmarinen continued his work, he raised the new sun and month on tall fir trees. But the precious luminaries did not shine. Then Väinämöinen began to find out where the real sun and moon had gone, and found out that the old woman Louhi had stolen them. Väinö went to Pohjola, where its inhabitants greeted him disrespectfully. The singer entered into battle with the men of Sariola and won. He wanted to see the heavenly bodies, but the heavy doors of the dungeon did not yield. Väinö returned home and asked the blacksmith Ilmarinen to forge a weapon that could open the rock. Ilmarinen set to work.
Meanwhile, the mistress of Pohjola, turning into a hawk, flew to Kaleva, to the house of Ilmarinen, and found out that the heroes were preparing for war, that an evil fate awaited her. In fear she returned to Sariola and released the sun and the moon from the dungeon. Then, in the form of a dove, she told the blacksmith that the lights were again in their places. The blacksmith, rejoicing, showed Väinämöinen the luminaries. Väinämöinen greeted them and wished that they would always decorate the sky and bring happiness to people.
The girl Maryatta, the daughter of one of the husbands of Kalevala, became pregnant from the eaten cranberries. Her mother and father kicked her out of the house. Maryatta's maid went to the evil man Ruotus, with a request to shelter the poor thing. Ruotus and his wicked wife put Maryatta in a barn. In that barn Maryatta gave birth to a son. Suddenly the boy was gone. The poor mother went in search of her son. She asked the star and the month about her son, but they did not answer her. Then she turned to the Sun, and the Sun said that her son was stuck in a swamp. Maryatta saved her son and brought him home.
The villagers wanted to baptize the boy and called the elder Virokannas. Väinämöinen also came. The singer offered to kill the child born from the berry. The child began to reproach the elder for the unfair sentence, recalled his own sins (the death of Aino). Virokannas christened the baby King of Karjala. Angry, Väinämöinen created a copper boat for himself with a magical song and forever sailed away from Kalevala "to where earth and sky converge together."