Väinämöinen in Finnish mythology was the son of the primal goddess Ilmatar. He possessed the wisdom of the ages from birth, for he was in his mother's womb for thirty years. Finnish mythology survived as oral tradition well into the 18th century. ... In Finnish mythology, Ilmatar or Luonnotar was the virgin goddess of the heavens. ...
He was the 'eternal sage', who exerts order over chaos and established the land of Kaleva, that so many of the events in Kalevala revolve around. His search for a wife brings the land of Kaleva into, at first friendly, but later hostile contact with its dark and threatening neighbour in the north, Pohjola. Kaleva is a newspaper in Oulu, which is in northern Finland. ... The Kalevala is an epic poem compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the 19th century from Finnish folk sources. ... Pohjola is a location in Finnish mythology, referring to Pohja (North), as a point of the compass, the Northland — the whole polar region, and in the world of the Kalevala, the land of the Sami. ...
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