Lemminkainen

Finnish - A hero of the Kalevala. Son of Ilmatar. Son of Lempi and Kyllikki, some say. Husband of Kylli. He is said to have seduced all the women on the island of Saari. His wife broke her promise not to attend local dances so he divorced her and was a suitor for the hand of the Maiden of Pohjola, the daughter of the evil Louhi. To win her, he was required to catch a camel (or outrun an elk, some say), capture a fire-breathing horse and shoot a swan on one of the rivers of the underworld Tuonela. A blind cowherd named Markhattu sent a serpent which killed the hero. His body was cut into pieces by a son of Tuoni, but his mother, Kyllikki, recovered them from the river of death and, by smearing honey, brought from heaven by a bee, over the parts, restored him to life. While Lemminkainen was in the underworld, the maiden married Ilmarinen. Lemminkainen later went on an expedition to Pohjola with Ilmarinen and Vainamoinen to seize the sampo, a magic mill that provided a neverending supply of money and grain, which Ilmarinen had made for the Maiden of Pohjola. Occasionally referred to as Lemminkainen, Ahti, Ahti, Ahto, Ahto, Ahti, Kauko, Kauko, Kaukomieli, Kaukomieli, Lieto, Lieto, Kauko(mieli), Kauko(mieli), Estonian Lammakune or Estonian Lammakune.

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