Ilmarinen was one of many important heroes within the epic of Finnish mythology, the Kalevala.
Ilmarinen was a wonder-working smith and the trusted pal of the wizard Vainamoinen. Ilmarinen’s expertise in metalworking was so superb that he held the title of grasp smith.
It was for Vainamoinen that Ilmarinen cast the sampo, the magic mill that floor corn, cash, and salt. This was to assist Vainamoinen to win the Maiden of Pohjola, who lived in a chilly northern realm.
The sampo was stolen by Louhi, ruler of Pohjola. Ilmarinen and Vainamoinen recovered the sampo, but it surely was misplaced within the sea, the place it continued to grind out salt eternally.
Ilmarinen finally gained the Maiden of Pohjola for himself, however he failed to wed or hold her. Vainamoinen deserted his courtship. When the hero thereafter failed to win another mortal bride for himself, the grasp smith cast a spouse out of gold.
In one other dispute with Louhi, Ilmarinen took half in releasing the Sun and the Moon, which Louhi had imprisoned.