Scene From The Kalevala The Finniah National Epic Ilmarinen Forges The Sampo From St Petersburg 1881 Stock Photo 1025217861881,19th Century Style,Adult,Black And White,Blacksmith,Blowing,Boys,Child,Flying,Girls,Hammer,Holding,Imagination,Medium Group Of People,Men,Metal Industry,Mid-Air,Mythology,Occupation,On The Move,Outdoors,People,Photography,Preparation,Religious Text,Rock,Rock Formation,Standing,Traditional Clothing,Vertical,Wind,WomenPhotographer Danita DelimontCollection: Gallo Images The Kalevala is held to be the national epic of Finland and is traditionally thought of as one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The main character of the Kalevala is Vainamoinen, a shamanistic hero with the magical power of songs and music. He is born of the primeval Maiden of the Air and contributes to the origin of Earth. Many of his travels resemble shamanistic journeys. He is also part of the group who steals the Sampo, a magical mill, from the people of Pohjola. The Sampo was a magical artifact of indeterminate type constructed by Ilmarinen that brought good fortune to its holder. When the Sampo was stolen, it is said that Ilmarinen's homeland fell upon hard times and sent an expedition to retrieve it, but in the ensuing battle it was smashed and lost at sea.