Finnish Mythology & Folkoreby Tawastianwarrior | created - 26 Mar 2016 | updated - 16 Mar 2018 | Public
Everything related to Finnish (and sometimes more broadly: Finnic) folklore and mythology. Some historic things could also be included.
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1. Covered by Forest (2012)
21 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
A story about a man whose deep connection to nature and forest spirits has alienated from normal life.
Metsänpeitto (or Covered by Forest) is a documentary short film about a Finnish man and his relationship with forest and it's spirits.
2. The Truth About Sauna: The Truth About Finns (2008 TV Movie)
53 min | Documentary
Taking sauna is the Finnish people's national obsession, so there are two of the per five Fins, and they build theme everywhere, even on military operations and aboard vessels, but ... See full summary »
A documentary about Finnish sauna and Finnish sauna culture. Sauna should be considered as almost a sacred place for Finnish people and it has it's own place in Finnish mythology and folklore.
3. Sauna (2008)
Unrated | 83 min | Horror
As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.
This is a Finnish horror film that has a strong mystical undertone. The event in the film takes place in 1500's/1600's in Finland.
4. Tale of a Forest (2012)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Family
A documentary that unveils the primeval forests of Northern Finland, some of Europe's sole remaining, old-growth forests.
A documentary film about Finnish nature and Finnish national mythology.
A documentary telling the story of archeological relics, the mysterious corpses found in a marshland spring in Levänluhta area in Finland.
6. Häxan (1922)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.
A Swedish documentary horror short film about local witchcraft and witch hunt. There has been a real research as the basis for the film.
7. The White Reindeer (1952)
Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.
A early Finnish horror film, set in Lapland. There's much of Lappish mythology in this film.
8. Noita palaa elämään (1952)
80 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Archaeological team unearths a body of a young woman, who was told to be a witch buried in the bog some 300 years ago. Soon a naked woman appears and drives the men of the village crazy. ... See full summary »
An old Finnish horror film about an ancient witch that comes to life and rises from her swamp grave.
9. Robinsons of Mantsinsaari (2009)
56 min | Documentary
Two men, a Finnish and a Byelorussian live, alone, in a lake's island.
Director: Victor Asliuk
A documentary about Finnish and Belorussian hermits who live in Mantsinsaari, an island in Russian Karelia. There's less of mythology and folklore in this one.
10. Medieval Dead (2013– )
60 min | Documentary
The series traces and sifts through the remains of the Medieval Dead. Specially assembled experts Tim Sutherland, Malin Holst and Simon Richardson travel battlegrounds and battlefields, ... See full summary »
This is a documentary TV series telling the stories of old/ancient people. There's an episode in the second season in which they invest the newly found "Swordman of Janakkala" and his grave with two old swords. The grave site lies in Häme-region, Finland. Contains much of archeological stuff.
11. The Iron Age (1982– )
282 min | Drama, History
A mini-series influenced by Finnish national epic "Kalevala". The events take place in iron age Finland.
A documentary series consisting of a short views of Finnish folk music and folk instruments particularly.
13. Unna ja Nuuk (2006)
78 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A family film about a Finnish girl who travels back in time straight to the stone age.
14. Hovimäki (1999–2003)
50 min | Drama, History
The lives of the aristocratic Lindhof family and their servants from 1798 to 1907.
A historical drama series telling about the fictional Lindhof family during 1798–1907 in Finland. Although the family is purely fictional, most of the events have a historical basis.
15. The Day the Earth Froze (1959)
Not Rated | 67 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her father to build ... See full summary »
Sampo is a film produced by Finnish-Soviet collaboration. It's based on Kalevala-mythology.
16. Seven Brothers (1939)
108 min | Drama
Based on Alexis Kivi's 1870 book, with the same title. It follows the lives of the seven Jukalo brothers, over several years. It also depicts many typical scenes from Finnish cultural, i.e. sauna.
"The Seven Brothers" is a film adaptation of the Finnish national author's, Aleksis Kivi's magnum opus. There's plenty of things inspired by old Finnish stories and fairytales.
17. Seven Brothers (1979)
87 min | Animation, Comedy
An animated adaptation of Aleksis Kivi's novel "The Seven Brothers". Aleksis Kivi is the Finnish national author.
18. Sammon tarina (1971)
30 min | Animation, Short, Family
An animated film based on Kalevala the Finnish national epic.
19. Bishop Henrik and Lalli (1975)
11 min | Animation, Short
An animated short film about the legend of Henry, the first Bishop of Finland and Lalli, the man who murdered him. It is said that it was Henry who brought the organized church to Finland.
20. Tale of a Lake (2016)
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary
A documentary about Finnish lakes, the nature around them, circulation of water and ancient Finnish mythology.
A documentary film about Finnish lakes and Finnish national mythology.
21. Fallesmannin Arvo ja minä (1995– )
From childhood memoirs of author Sakari Pälsi, two little boys Sakari and Arvo live in early 20th century Finnish countryside and annoy grownups with their pranks. The episodes span from ... See full summary »
A TV series based on childhood memoirs of Sakari Pälsi. Pälsi was a Finnish etnographer, archeologist and explorer.
22. Song (2014)
82 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
Song is a story of the last Finnish rune singer and his pupil, and the comforting power of singing.
A documentary film about the Finland's last rune singer and his pupil.
A documentary film about the sacred groves in Estonia.
28. Metsien kätkemä (2016– )
30 min | Documentary
A documentary series dealing about Finnish nature and mythology. They visit many places worth seeing.
29. Ukonvaaja (2016)
88 min | Documentary
Ukonvaaja - The Hammer of Ukko - is a documentary film that focuses on ancient Finnish folklore and mythology.
A documentary of ancient Finnish religion, folklore and mythology featuring A.W. Yrjänä (from a Finnish band called CMX) as narrator.
30. Santra ja puhuvat puut (2013)
27 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
What does it feel like to be ethnically dead?
A documentary about one of the last Karelian rune singers.
31. Menneisyyden metsästäjät (2017– )
25 min | Documentary, History
A documentary series telling about a group searching Finnish ancient history with metal detectors.
35. Devil's Bride (2016)
R | 110 min | Drama, History
Anna is a 16-year old in a village where women are accused of witchcraft. It's based on the witch hunts on Åland, Finland in the 1600s.
37. Kaisa's Enchanted Forest (2016)
82 min | Documentary
A magical story about the lifelong friendship, the age-old legend of Aurora Borealis and a culture that was almost destroyed by the Second World War.
40. Koroinen elää! (2017)
10 min | Short, Biography, History
This short documentary takes us back in time to the roots of Finnish history. The events have strong links with Finnish seasons and seasonal festivities. Music and games will be a part of the festivities.