Aino Fountain - Bronze statue by Emil Wikstrom in the park of Historical Museum in Lahti, Finland - Aino is a figure in the Finnish national epic Kalevala.  It relates that she was the beautiful sister of Joukahainen. Her brother, having lost a singing contest to the storied Väinämöinen, promised Aino's "hands and feet" in marriage if Vainamoinen would save him from drowning in the swamp into which Joukahainen had been thrown. Aino's mother was pleased at the idea of marrying her daughter to such a famous and well born person, but Aino did not want to marry such an old man. Rather than submit to this fate, Aino drowned herself (or ended up as a nix). However, she returned to taunt the grieving Vainamoinen as a salmon.
Aino Fountain - Bronze statue by Emil Wikstrom in the park of Historical Museum in Lahti, Finland - Aino is a figure in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. It relates that she was the beautiful sister of Joukahainen. Her brother, having lost a singing contest to the storied Väinämöinen, promised Aino's "hands and feet" in marriage if Vainamoinen would save him from drowning in the swamp into which Joukahainen had been thrown. Aino's mother was pleased at the idea of...
more »