Tuesday, August 17, 2010

 Art: Gnomes and Trolls of John Bauer

The turn of the century Scandinavian art has always been one of my favorites, called usually Art Nouveau, Jugendstil or National Romantic style. It's especially mesmerizing when treating the themes of paganism, folklore and the ancient past of our countries.

John Bauer (1882-1918) was a Swedish painter and book illustrator famous for his depiction of gnomes, trolls and other mythological beings of Scandinavian folklore. His best known work is Among Gnomes and Trolls (Bland tomtar och troll) from which I have here some pictures for you.

Project Runeberg can be thanked for these lovely images.

Monday, August 16, 2010

 The Ruins of Pirita Monastery in Tallinn

Here are some pictures from the ruins of Pirita Monastery in Tallinn from the last autumn.

The monastery was found 1407 and it soon became the largest monastery in Livonia. The monastery was destroyed in 1577 by Ivan the Terrible.

The meadows around the monastery are very serene. On a nearby hill there is location of an old chapel that predates the founding of the monastery.

Most of the old cellars and tunnels under the monastery are sealed, but one of the gates was left unlocked.

Here is also a video of an Estonian folk-metal band Metsatöllplaying at the ruins.

 Pagan Archive Grand Opening

It's always an exciting moment to launch a new website, and especially so this time since Pagan Archive is a project on which I have been working on for quite a while now. Welcome :)

I'm a Finnish book publisher and I've been living in Estonia for a year. For the last few years I have worked with my small publishing company Salakirjat, which has been very interesting time. The books have mainly concerned traditional Finnish paganism and folk magic.

My main focus for this year has been to start publishing books also in foreign languages, primarily in English, and launching this blog is a natural step to that direction. My main project is to get an English translation of a book about Finnish folk magic published by the end of the year.

I will start by translating some content from my Finnish blog, and as the work on those two books progresses you will be hearing more of them as well.

The blog will have the plain default layout until I open the Pagan Archive main site.

Best wishes from Helsinki

Pagan Archivist