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Since the beginning of human history, we’ve been fascinated by the innovators and inventors who transform society. It’s not surprising myths have sprung up around their mysterious talents: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, even the Greek myth of Icarus and his father Daedalus.

Less well-known, outside Finland at least, is the ancient Kalevala story of Ilmarinen, the blacksmith god. A winter’s tale of ice and fire, love and loss, runes and pine forests, it’s retold here in an innovative collaboration by contemporary artist Louisa Albani and poet Fiona Sampson.

Ilmarinen & the Fire: A Finnish Myth

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