Statues - Hither & Thither

Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa

Lönnrotinpuistikko

Elias Lönnrot

Sammatti 1892 - Sammatti 1884
Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry
(Wikipedia)
Emil Wikström
1902

Helsinki /  Elias Lönnrot   Helsinki /  Elias Lönnrot

Description

Bronze statue of Lönnrot on one of his folklore-collecting journeys, sitting on a rock and writing down the mythical words and poems he has just been sung. Beside him are two personifications of poetic spirit, on left left is Väinämönen, the symbol of the 'Kalevala' and magic verses, rising from the head of Vipunen, represented in bas-relief in the pedestal. On the right at the foot of the pedestal sits the nymph Impi, symbolising the lyric poems and songs of Kalevala and Kanteletar.

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Inscription(s)

– Sain
sanat
salasta
ilmi! – –
Elias Lönnrot

KALEWALA

The left text is in translation: The words I laid open.

Signature

Wikström 191

Annotation

Unveiled 18 October 1802.

Helsinki - Elias Lönnrot

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Impi
  • Kalevala
  • Lönnrot, Elias
  • Nymph
  • Philologist
  • Statue (man sitting)
  • Väinämöinen
  • Vipunen
  • Wikström, Emil
  • Location N 60°10'0" E 24°56'19"

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