Questions tagged [finnish]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
17
votes
1answer
215 views

Do the seemingly random timespans in the Kalevala creation story have any significance?

The first chapter of the Kalevala always gives a specific number of years (sometimes multiple numbers) when describing time skips. The three examples I saw are quoted below. Is there any known ...
11
votes
4answers
480 views

Why is there confusion about what the Sampo from the Kalevala is?

Reading the Wikipedia article on the Sampo, a mythical object central to the Finnish Kalevala saga, I was struck by an apparent contradiction. The translation of the object's description seemed, to me,...
8
votes
1answer
728 views

Which Kalevala translations are closer to the original source?

I know that with the Bible, there are countless translations. Things always seem to get lost in translation. Seeing as how I can't read the native language that the Kalevala was originally written ...
5
votes
1answer
140 views

Which gods were in Mikael Agricola's list?

I was reading up on Finish mythology when I came across this interesting tidbit: It wasn't until the 16th century that anyone tried to write down some of these stories. A bishop named Mikael ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

What is (a) Könnin kuokkamies?

It seems to be some kind of robotic/mechanical entity, but that's pretty much all I could gather from googling around. There is a Wikipedia page on the matter: here, but it is in Finnish, which I, ...