Stories from the Finnish Epic: The Kalevala
Chapter 10 - The Golden Image as told by Jill Johnson.
as told at the Seattle Storytellers Guild Epic Event
at the Nordic Heritage Museum on March 25th, 2017.
(Click to listen: 16 Minutes)
Jill Johnson became a storyteller after her careers as teacher, trainer and international training consultant. “It’s a wonderful way to use life experience in new and creative ways.”
Find out more at https://globalvillagestory.wordpress.com/about-jill/
(Runo XXXVII and XXXVIII)
Ilmarinen grieved for his lost wife for a long time, when he finally overcame his grief he decided to make himself a bride of gold and silver. He toiled, with his workers at the bellows, but they did not work well and Ilmarinen failed many times until finally he took control of the bellows himself and eventually produced the bride he desired.
At night Ilmarinen lies down with his golden bride and sleeps, he wakes up to find his bride cold as ice and realizes that this is most unpleasant. He decides to take the bride to Väinämöinen for his enjoyment. Väinämöinen is annoyed that Ilmarinen would create such an atrocity, he instructs Ilmarinen to destroy it and create many nicer things from it or take it to places where gold is revered over life.
Ilmarinen sets out to Pohjola in search for another bride, he is met by Louhi who asks him for tidings of her daughter, Ilmarinen responds with the sad news and asks for her second daughter, this Louhi refuses.
Ilmarinen charges into the house and demands the second daughter of Louhi, she herself refuses his advances, he grasps her and drags her to his sledge and sets off for Kalevala. The maiden laments and struggles and threatens but Ilmarinen has none of it. The daughter of Louhi continues to insult and annoy Ilmarinen until he decides to rest, as he does so another man makes the maiden laugh. On waking Ilmarinen is so angered he sings the maiden into a sea gull and continues home alone.
When he returns home he consults Väinämöinen and informs him of Pohjola's prosperity because of the Sampo, he also tells him of the fate of Louhi's second daughter. Väinämöinen says to Ilmarinen that they will go to Pohjola and seize the Sampo.
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