Finnish Mythology & Folkore

by 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.

Director: Salla Hämäläinen | Stars: Markku Mäkinen, Veera Väistö

Votes: 11

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 »

Directors: Nina Stenros, Anu Valve | Stars: Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, Jörn Donner, Neil Hardwick, Jonathan Hutchings

Votes: 42

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.

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen, Viktor Klimenko, Rain Tolk

Votes: 6,381

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.

Directors: Kim Saarniluoto, Ville Suhonen | Stars: Turkka Mastomäki, Christian Ruotanen

Votes: 304

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.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 10,121

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.

Director: Erik Blomberg | Stars: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman, Jouni Tapiola

Votes: 1,174

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 »

Director: Roland af Hällström | Stars: Mirja Mane, Toivo Mäkelä, Hillevi Lagerstam, Sakari Jurkka

Votes: 299

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

Votes: 24

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 »

Stars: Jeremy Freeston, Tim Sutherland, Helen Goodchild, Simon Richardson

Votes: 41

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.

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

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Director: Saara Cantell | Stars: Rosa Salomaa, Toni Leppe, Jenni Banerjee, Kristiina Halkola

Votes: 154

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.

Stars: Riitta Salminen, Riko Eklundh, Nina Hukkinen, Anna Pitkämäki

Votes: 144

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 »

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko | Stars: Urho Somersalmi, Anna Orochko, Ivan Voronov, Andris Oshin

Votes: 982

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.

Director: Wilho Ilmari | Stars: Edvin Laine, Eino Kaipainen, Kaarlo Kytö, Kaarlo Kartio

Votes: 89

"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.

An animated adaptation of Aleksis Kivi's novel "The Seven Brothers". Aleksis Kivi is the Finnish national author.

An animated film based on Kalevala the Finnish national epic.

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.

Directors: Marko Röhr, Kim Saarniluoto | Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Jonathan Hutchings, Johanna Kurkela

Votes: 436

A documentary film about Finnish lakes and Finnish national mythology.

21. Fallesmannin Arvo ja minä (1995– )

Comedy, Family

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 »

Stars: Sami Sainio, Olli Metso, Leo Lastumäki, Oiva Lohtander

Votes: 7

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.

Director: Selma Vilhunen | Stars: Jussi Huovinen, Hanneriina Moisseinen, Sólveig Thoroddsen, Reetta-Kaisa Iles

Votes: 27

A documentary film about the Finland's last rune singer and his pupil.

A documentary film about the sacred groves in Estonia.

25. Veelinnurahvas (1973)

51 min | Documentary

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Director: Lennart Meri | Star: Mikk Mikiver

Votes: 26

26. Kaleva hääled (1986 TV Short)

41 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Lennart Meri

Votes: 7

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.

Director: Tuukka Tähti | Stars: A.W. Yrjänä, Antti Lahelma, John Björkman, Juha Ruohonen

Votes: 62

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?

Director: Miia Tervo | Stars: Santra Remsujeva, Miia Tervo, Markku Nieminen

Votes: 21

A documentary about one of the last Karelian rune singers.

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.

Director: Saara Cantell | Stars: Tuulia Eloranta, Magnus Krepper, Elin Petersdottir, Claes Malmberg

Votes: 982

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.

Director: Katja Gauriloff | Stars: Kaisa Gauriloff, Robert Crottet, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Jaakko Sverloff

Votes: 90

39. Bear (II) (2017)

20 min | Documentary, Short | Completed

Follow a shaman deep into the dark forests of Finland in a journey to explore the mythology of the ancient Finns.

Director: Manu Penttilä | Star: Miika Vanhapiha

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.

Director: Niko Kostet | Stars: Mirka Alhonen, Terhi Arell, Visa Immonen, Essi Saukko

41. Medieval Dead (2013– )
Episode: The Warrior of Jannakkala


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