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A comic about a poem in Kalevala which I made half for my own pleasure (always wanted to comic Kalevala), half for a thing..! I don't know if it makes it there, but I'm tired of waiting for a reply so i'll shove it here hurf durf
So, this is the battle between Väinämöinen and Joukahainen. Sadly all the versions on the internet are from the popular edition of Kalevala, which has been censored and molded from the original texts.. I'm reading a non-abridged Kalevala, which isn't as widely known, so this version of the comic might be strange for those who've only read the widely spread edition of Kalevala.
Here's the entire popular edition Poem if you feel like reading it.. [link]
However, since I will NOT translate this (my shoddy english is not enough to do justice to the beautiful language here) my version in a nutshell is as follows:
Young Joukahainen and Old Väinämöinen, both powerful shamans, are traveling a narrow road, and happen to bump into eachother.. they can't pass eachother, unless the other gives way to the other. (In some texts, Joukahainen actually deliberately bumped into Väinämöinen, because he wanted to challenge him.) They refuse to give way, because they're so proud, so Joukahainen suggests a singing competition.. Väinämöinen agrees, and Joukahainen sings of all the things he knows, mountains, birds, fishes.. Väinämöinen gets FURIOUS, because HE WAS THERE WHEN ALL THOSE THINGS WERE BORN, HOW DARE YOU!!! Then he sings Joukahainen into the swamp, trapping him in and not letting him go. (Our national hero is basically a huge dick full of himself, it's great.)
Joukahainen panics and doesn't want to drown into the swamp, and he begs Väinämöinen to let him go, promising him gold, horses.. Väinämöinen is rich though, so he doesn't care much. He doesn't let him go until Joukahainen promises him his sister, Aino.
Joukahainen leaves, humiliated and crying. He weeps all the way to his mother's and father's house, because he's ashamed that he promised his only sister to an old man. His mother is pleased though, because Väinämöinen is rich, powerful, and wise, and who wouldn't want a dude like dat in their family.
All's well that ends well..? Not really, if you know what's going to happen to Aino later on. :C
This was made entirely with a Jetball streamer.. so there was no sketching or planning whatsoever, which makes for some HILARIOUS mistakes to tell all your kids about! Feel free to crit anyways, though.
Kalevala © Winland