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Kaleva Men by zorm Kaleva Men by zorm
Nordic mythology.

Tl;dr follows.

Lemminkäinen/Logi you've seen before. Oldtimer's his brother Väinämöinen, known in the Norse sagas as Ægir, Hlér or Gymir. While I attempted to retain some characteristics of Gallen-Kallela's representation of him (f.ex. [link] and [link]), I wanted to give him some of the Jotun fierceness and stateliness as the king of the sea. He has his kantele made from the jawbone of the monsterfish and the sword forged by his brother Ilmarinen (Kári in the Norse myths), whilst the frame is yoinked again from my stereotypical monstermen. I'll settle for 10-12 feet with these guys.

I often use the 'empty eyes' with wizards or ghosts. Väinämöinen's one of the previous, a powerful one, who uses his mightful voice to sing incantations (magic singing is an essential part of Finnish myths/shamanism). It seems both Tolkien's Gandalf and Saruman have traits borrowed from him. Tolkien was a great fan of Finnish mythology, and often took direct influences from it.

Along with being the king of the (Baltic) sea, Väinämöinen's the god of poetry and songs. He's known in the Estonian giant legend Kalevipoeg as Vanemuine. There's also an interesting connection to Beowulf. The hero's father Ecgþeow belongs to the clan of the Wægmundings. The name is astonishingly close to Väinämöinen (g is spelled like the English 'y' ), and chronicles handling the pseudo-mythology of Finno-Scandia (like Gesta Danorum) know a character called Egther the Finn, king of Bjarmaland. I'm not the only one who's been wondering whether Beowulf as a pseudo-mythological character might've come from the clan of Väinämöinen. = P These names are so widely known in the old chronicles and mythology that there is likely a real basis to them, even if they hardly were gods or giants living for hundreds of years in their time. = P

Meh, Lemminkäinen's always a tricky case. How are you supposed to design someone who's the god of love, fire, and magic, and a randy giant at the same time? :dead:

Armor designs include a medley of Finnish decorative elements from several historical periods. Swords are kinda Merovingian, Väinämöinen's elk hammer has a stone-age motive, etc. I know, I'm a dork. = P

Stuff to read:
-The Poesy of Skalds [link]
-The Kalevala [link]
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:icondeviantwin15:
deviantwin15 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Amazing work, wonderful details! :)
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Hrolfgard Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The Priiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiizzeeee
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NautilusL2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
these are super duper fantastic! Love the lines. wow!
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Zousha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Huh. I had no idea Väinämöinen and Aegir were the same person. The things you learn on the internet!
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BeauW Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Great detail- I mean- the details connecting to the essence of the characters. Well drawn and also well thought out.
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AThousandRasps Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. YOU are amazing.
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Vampire-dreams Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Oooh fantastic job on the details! I love the attitude in the expressions as well.
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ArgentoMorte Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's fine! I am from Finland. close to me theme. pleased that the figure is made so carefully. Thank you.
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piri-666 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*O* Kalevala!!! x3 I wanna read this poem X3
uhh excellent draw! I love it!
can i... download it? :B
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zorm Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010   Digital Artist
I'm not too sure what's the best English translation of the Kalevala and when such a thing has been published, but I suppose you can google for the different versions. :) Some are available and downloadable in the public domain. One version is this:
part 1 [link]
part 2 [link]

(although I personally find these huge files of text a bit difficult to read)

Yes and you can also download the drawing. ;)
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piri-666 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
huhuuh... thanks you so much! :)
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NekuThat1DeadKid Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Nice, They look like viking gods to me, but maybe that's becasue I'm not seasoned int Finnish mythology.
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner May 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Well, the Finnish Kalevanpojat, id est the Jotun giants, are a part of the Norse pantheon. It just takes a bit of digging to notice that. :)

FORNJÓTR hefir konungr heitit. Hann réš fyrir Gotlandi (*Jótlandi hdr.), er kallat er Finnland ok Kvenland. Žat er fyrir austan hafsbotn žann, er gengr til móts viš Gandvķk; žat köllum vér Helsingjabotn. Fornjótr įtti žrjį syni. Hét einn Hlér, er vér köllum Ęgi, annarr Logi, žriši Kįri.

"Jotland", that is Jotunheim, consisted of Kvenland (a Finnic kingdom that was situated along the west coast of the present-day Finland) and "Finnland", which means either Finland Proper or some part of Lapland.
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NekuThat1DeadKid Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Interesting. Now from what stuff I know, and your gonna hate me for this question, what about thor?
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Vivahde Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Vouh, vähän hienosti yksityiskohtia osaat piirtää. :O
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010   Digital Artist
Kiitti. :)
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icu-san Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Lol, Lemminkäisen ilme on niin " grauh:heart:"
:lmao:
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010   Digital Artist
Jep, tarkoituksella. ;)
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Boasill Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
unohit muuten väinämöisen miekasta ne kuu ja auringon ja tähet ja sillee :D
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009   Digital Artist
Nooh, tämä on muutenkin vähän adaptoitu. Muistetaan ensi kerralla. :D
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Boasill Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
aika pitkät hiukset jä;pyköillä :D ootkos lukenu kalevalan? itte oon puoli välissä, mut kuiteski erittäin hienot yksityiskohdat tyypeissä on
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zorm Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   Digital Artist
Juuh, olen lukenut sen noin kolme kertaa, ekan kerran varmaan kymmenvuotiaana. :D Tämä kuva nojautuu vähän enemmän noihin vanhempiin taruihin, mitä Lönnrot aika reippaasti muokkasi Kalevalaa varten. Näissähän Väinämöinen, ym. ovat kalevanpoikia, jättiläisiä, ja asustelevat suurin piirtein Saarenmaa-Turku-Laitila-linjalla. Laitilassa erityisen paljon noita kalevanpoikataruja ja paikannimistöäkin.

Näitä vanhempia juttuja löytyy esim. Mythologia Fennicasta. Kattelin, että myykö esim. Akateeminen kirjakauppa sitä vielä, mutta taitaa olla tilapäisesti loppu sielläkin. Kirjastosta löytynee. :)
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Boasill Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
kiitos tiedosta. vois noita vanhempia taruja jostain ettiä. ja edelleen MAHTAVA KUVA
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zorm Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Kiitosta. Toinen hyvä lähde Gananderin kirjan lisäksi on Suomen kansan vanhat runot -sarja, jos niitä tiiliskiviä nyt jaksaa selailla. Mielenkiintoinen lisä Kalevalalle voisi olla muuten myös tuo Viron kansalliseepos Kalevipoeg, joka kertoo jättiläiskuningas Kalevan pojan seikkailuista Suomessa ja muualla.
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jalmari Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist
hienoja ovat kyllä! faviks samantien. mutta miks päädyit lemminkäiselle kirveen laittaa? sillähän on nii makee "liekehtivä miekka". flaim-sword kunniaan :D mut sika hieno silti.
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008   Digital Artist
Kiitokset. :) Kirveen pistin hepulle käteen ihan vain vaihtelun vuoksi, koska Väiskillä oli jo miekka. Olen tuota liekehtivää kalpaa käyttänyt kyllä yhdellä toisella hahmolla, joka parodioi Lemminkäistä.
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Jamesaragonastudios Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I'm very impress!
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zorun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008   Photographer
wow great.
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Adalrik Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Brilliance. This is how Väinämöinen is really portrayed in Kalevala, with mighty sword and armor and not as some old goat wearing scruffy rags like the late 19th century art often paints him. :)
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buterissimo Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
Very patriotic :)
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GhostOfMidwinter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work, great char, armor and weapon design and the detail is wonderful as ever. I love their expressions, you really know how to make a character look like it has... uh, character. X3

Look at all the hair! *joy*

I always enjoyed mythology, and it seems I'm lacking some knowledge in finnish myths. =) Well, never too late to learn something new, off I goes reading!
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Sharraunna Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
I especially like the bear-ish shouder armor. Something seems a bit off in the angle of Logi's face, but I'm not sure what. I think it's the differences in his eyebrows.
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zorm Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007   Digital Artist
I fixed it a bit; there was something a little off. I've included the graphics in the layout already, though, so can't really repair it further.

Thanks!
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
Incredible, as always.

You know, you really should tape yourself doing these, and then put it up on Youtube or something like that.
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007   Digital Artist
Ööääh... I wonder how I could do that. There's some sort of recording option in Painter, but since I swap the files often between three apps, it's not really possible. Some kind of direct screen-recording might work, but since I have two displays and often reffs open in the same screen, it gets rather tricky. ^^;
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
*sigh* Well, one can dream, can't they?
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Caethilia-Mordon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
Ooh, smexy.

Gotta love a man who puts so much effort into keeping his hair all long and flowing like that.
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:iconzorm:
zorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007   Digital Artist
Or it might be that gods have some sort of self-managing hair. What was it that Pratchett wrote about supernatural inheriting, even if someone's your grandfather only through an apprenticeship? XD
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Caethilia-Mordon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
This is very true! Damn them and their all-natural looks...
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
:clap: molemmat äijjät näyttää hienolta! pidän itse tuosta Väinämöisen asusteesta enemmän ( ja soittopelistä:D )
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zorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007   Digital Artist
Kiitti. :D Joo, Väiskin kuteita olikin hauskempi piirtää. Lemminkäisellä hiukan vähemmän sotaisa kostyymi; olisi tietysti voinut jotain haarniskaa hällekin laittaa, mutta onpahan ny tommonen.
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MissLizz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Wow, they're gorgeous!
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zorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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xXArxaithXx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
sweet, luv the detail
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zorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Tizrak Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Yay, more Finnish mythology, drawn very well! :)
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zorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Golden-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
XD Lemminkäinen's grin is so whimsical. It fits.

As always, your detailing and anatomy are breathtaking. (Tee hee. Breathtaking anatomy. Pweh.)
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zorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007   Digital Artist
Tee hee. Breathtaking anatomy.

:lmao: Well, Lemminkäinen's the sort of man who seriously needs his anatomy. Elsewise the whole 'god of love' bit might be a bit difficult to explain.

Thanks. XD
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