Mielikki's Request

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"Long I wandered in the dark forest, before I arrived at a clearing. There I found her waiting in her court among the junipers and the pines . I presented my offerings and sang my praise to her. She gave her blessing and then asked me to draw her image, … (read more)

"Long I wandered in the dark forest, before I arrived at a clearing. There I found her waiting in her court among the junipers and the pines . I presented my offerings and sang my praise to her. She gave her blessing and then asked me to draw her image, declaring it would become my greatest work."
In the Finnish mythology Mielikki is the goddess of the forest and the hunt, and wife to Tapio, king of the forest. She is responsible for the beauty of the woods and those seeking her favour should compliment her handiwork and her own beauty while traversing her domain. Hunters would sing and flatter her to receive game.If Tapio was for some reason angered by the hunters, she could be pleaded to calm him down. She is also a skilled healer and takes care of wounded animals, perhaps caught in traps or hurt in mating rituals. With her wide knowledge of herbs, she can also offer aid to people should they come asking for her help.

In my teens I was an avid reader of fantasy literature and one of my favourites was the dark elf trilogy by R.A.Salvatore, where Mielikki also appears as the patron goddess of the main character Drizzt Do'Urden. Now as i'm little bit older and enjoying my walks in the woods, picking up trash and meditating, it was fun to be reminded of that connection.


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Great. Phantastic details. Love it very much

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Mikko Lyytinen
(creator)
2020/12/15

Thank you, i'm very pleased to hear that. i have been working on it for quite a while

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hairofmedusa
2020/12/16

and I'm a true dark art fan. this is perfect

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Mikko Lyytinen
(creator)
2020/12/16

Thank you :)

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George Boya
2020/12/16

Such an interesting story, always happy to learn about gods and goddess of our pagan roots. More or less are quite similar in every culture and civilisation and reflecting the people needs and thoughts:)

Also really happy that you reminded me of one of my favourite books:) It was such an amazing trilogy from Salvatore:)

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Mikko Lyytinen
(creator)
2020/12/16

Absolutely love to find the similarities when reading about the myths and making the connections that go deep into our ancestry.

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Nadiia Forkosh
2020/12/16

Mikko, this is magnificent artwork!!! CONGRATS!!

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Mikko Lyytinen
(creator)
2020/12/16

Thank you so much Nadiia :)

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I love your art, particularly when it has an interesting story behind it, like this one. Compliments!!

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Mikko Lyytinen
(creator)
2020/12/16

Thank you Reinhard!

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It's wonderful to start to see how the things we love now and the things we loved as children can connect within us and then within our art. A wonderful piece Mikko. Loved to see the enlarged version and see things like the bears on the arms of the chair. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Mikko Lyytinen
(creator)
2020/12/17

Thank you Alison. The bear used to be worshipped as important deity here also, some stories say Mielikki was its first caretaker and the one who gave it its claws and teeth.

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Mikko Lyytinen
(creator)
2021/01/10

Minimum reserve $500 currently in dollars due to ETH price. once that is met the highest bid uncontested for 24 hours wins
Offers in ETH are welcome of course

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