Stories from the Finnish Epic: The Kalevala
Chapter 11 - The Heroes Meet Lemminkäinen as told by Julie Strozyk.
as told at the Seattle Storytellers Guild Epic Event
at the Nordic Heritage Museum on March 25th, 2017.
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Julie Strozyk is a long time member of the Portland Storytellers Guild.
She loves traditional tales along with poetry, music and all things beautiful.
Find out more at www.juliestrozyk.com
>(Runos XXXIX, XI through part of XV)
Väinämöinen says to Ilmarinen that they will go to Pohjola and seize the Sampo, to which Ilmarinen tells him of the secure nature of the Sampo's hiding place and of the nine locks and of its roots deep into the earth. Väinämöinen is not downcast though and says that they will go and recover the Sampo.
Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen debate how to get to Pohjola and decide to go by sea. Ilmarinen forges a new sword for Väinämöinen The two heroes set out along the shore on fine horses and on the way hear a weeping, they go to investigate and find it is a warship lamenting it's being stuck in the bay. Väinämöinen consoles the boat and pushes it on to the water and they proceed to Pohjola aboard the mighty warship with Ilmarinen at the oar and Väinämöinen at the tiller.
The heroes pass by the home of Lemminkäinen who asks to join them on their journey, they agree and the three heroes of Kalevala sail on to Pohjola.
Lemminkäinen (his name means eros!)tells his story of being a reckless man, fond of maidens and fighting. Lemminkainen is a great dancer and a big hit with all the girls, but wants to marry Kyllikki, who refuses him. He abducts her. She finally agrees to marry on an exchange of promises: that he will not go to war and that she will not go dancing without him. She does nothing useful in the house and his mother doesn't like her. While he is away, Kyllikki goes dancing in the village. Angry, he now leaves for the northland dressed for war and determined to find a better bride there. He leaves his hairbrush, saying that if he dies blood will flow from it.
Lemminkainen arrives at Louhi's and a gathering of wizards is going on. Magic hung above their heads like smoke above a fire. Lemminkainen sings them all away except one, saying that old blind one is beneath his notice. Louhi gives him tasks if he wants to marry her daughter.
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