Lemminkäinen

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Etymology[edit]

Derived from the word lempi (love), owing to the character's keen interest in the opposite sex.

Proper noun[edit]

Lemminkäinen

  1. (Finnish mythology) A hero and one of the central characters in Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.
    • 1849 Kalevala (Translation 1988 by Eino Friberg) 12:1-6:
      Siitä Ahti Lemminkäinen, / Tuo on kaunis kaukolainen, / Aina aikoja eleli / Nuoren neitosen keralla: / Ei itse sotia käynyt / Eikä Kyllikki kyleä.
      Then that Ahti, Lemminkäinen, / He the handsome man far-minded, / For a time lived pleasantly / With his young bride by his side; / He did not go off to war, / Nor Kylli to the village rompings.

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