Tales From The Forest Lands

Tales From The Forest Lands

by Clive Gilson (Editor)

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Overview

his volume of tales from the north concentrates on Finland. Many of these stories have their roots in the folklore of Finnish paganism, and they have many features shared with fellow Finnic Estonian mythology and other Uralic fables. Finnish folklore also shares some similarities with neighbouring Baltic, Slavic and to a lesser extent, Norse mythologies.



Much of Finnish mythology survived within an oral tradition of mythical poem-singing and folklore well into the 19th century. One of my favourite aspects of Finnish mythology is the wonderful sense of darkness at its heart.



These stories come from collectors such as Andrew Lang and his Coloured Fairy Books, the elusive R. Eivind’s Finnish Legends for English Children and Zacharias Topelius and The Birch and the Star, and Other Stories. Most derive from legendary cycles such as the Song of the Kalevala and earlier collections such as the Lapplandische Märchen. As ever, my voyage of discovery through these stories has been a delight.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781913500108
Publisher: Clive Gilson
Publication date: 12/16/2019
Series: Tales from the World's Firesides - Europe , #10
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

I was born in 1962 into a predominantly sporting household - Dad being a good footballer, playing senior amateur and lower league professional football in England, as well as running a series of private businesses in partnership with mum, herself an accomplished and medal winning dancer.

I obtained a degree in History from Leeds University before wandering rather haphazardly into the emerging world of business computing in the late nineteen-eighties.

A little like my sporting father, I followed a succession of amateur writing paths alongside my career in technology, including working as a freelance journalist and book reviewer, my one claim to fame being a by-line in a national newspaper in the UK, The Sunday People.

I also spent 10 years treading the boards, appearing all over the south of the UK in pantos and plays, in village halls and occasionally on the stage of a professional theatre or two.

Following the sporting theme, and a while after I hung up my own boots, I worked on live TV broadcasts for the BBC, ITV, TVNZ, EuroSport and others as a rugby "Stato", covering Heineken Cups, Six Nations, IRB World Sevens and IRB World Cups in the late '90's and early '00's.

I try to combine my love of storytelling with a passion for information technology, and am currently Vice President - Technology with a major UK FinTech company.

You can find out more about Clive's work and contact me at: https://www.boyonabench.com

Table of Contents

PREFACE

ANDRAS BAIVE

THE WORLD'S CREATION AND THE BIRTH OF WAINAMOINEN

THE PLANTING OF THE TREES

HOW SOME WILD ANIMALS BECAME TAME ONES

WAINAMOINEN AND YOUKAHAINEN

AINO'S FATE

HOW THE STALOS WERE TRICKED

WAINAMOINEN’S SEARCH FOR AINO

WAINAMOINEN’S UNLUCKY JOURNEY

WAINAMOINEN’S RESCUE

THE BIRCH AND THE STAR

THE RAINBOW-MAIDEN

ILMARINEN FORGES THE SAMPO

THE ELF MAIDEN

LEMMINKAINEN AND KYLLIKKI

KYLLIKKI’S BROKEN VOW

LEMMINKAINEN’S SECOND WOOING

LEMMINKAINEN’S DEATH

LEMMINKAINEN’S RESTORATION

THE FOX AND THE LAPP

WAINAMOINEN’S BOAT-BUILDING

WAINAMOINEN FINDS THE LOST WORDS

THE GIFTS OF THE MAGICIAN

THE RIVAL SUITORS

ILMARINEN’S WOOING

THE BREWING OF BEER

ILMARINEN’S WEDDING FEAST

THE MERMAID AND THE BOY

THE ORIGIN OF THE SERPENT

THE UNWELCOME GUEST

THE ISLE OF REFUGE

THE FROST-FIEND

THE SEA KING’S GIFT

KULLERVO’S BIRTH

KULLERVO AND ILMARINEN’S WIFE

KULLERVO’S LIFE AND DEATH

THE SISTER OF THE SUN

ILMARINEN’S BRIDE OF GOLD

ILMARINEN’S FRUITLESS WOOING

WAINAMOINEN’S EXPEDITION AND THE BIRTH OF THE KANTELE

THE SIX HUNGRY BEASTS

THE CAPTURE OF THE SAMPO

THE SAMPO IS LOST IN THE SEA

THE BIRTH OF THE SECOND KANTELE

THE WHITE SLIPPER

LOUHI ATTEMPTS REVENGE

LOUHI STEALS THE SUN, THE MOON, AND FIRE

THE RESTORATION OF THE SUN AND MOON

MARIATTA AND WAINAMOINEN’S DEPARTURE

HISTORICAL NOTES

ABOUT THE EDITOR

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