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FORNJOT "the Ancient Giant", King of Kvenland

FORNJOT "the Ancient Giant", King of Kvenland.
Born (about 100 BC)(in 160-S3). He is said to be a giant (jötun), which seems to be related to his name.

He is ancient Finland's first and most powerful ruler. He may be the Kalev of the Kalevala Saga. He is also the subject of the Fundinn Noregr (founding of Norway).

The Orkneyinga saga claims that Norwegian rulers were descendants of the king Fornjót that "reigned over Gotland, which we now know as Finland and Kvenland". The Hversu Noregr byggdist states that a descendant of Fornjót "ruled over Gothland, Kvenland (Kćnlandi), and Finland".

Old Russian tales tell of a Finnish prince who hired a giant to help him conquer Russia from Estonia to Kiev. The giant's name was Calewa (Kaleva). After finishing this task the prince gave the giant Kvenland as his own kingdom.

Of his children, the Hversu account says that Hlér ruled over the seas, Logi over fire, and Kári over wind.


CHILDREN of FORNJOT "the Ancient Giant", King of Kvenland
  1. Hler (Ćgir) Fornjotsson. Born about 191 BC {S3}. Ćgir is also identified as a giant in various sources.
  2. Hlessey Fornjotsson. Born about 189 BC {S3}.
  3. Logi Fornjotsson. "Flame." (Loge). Born about 187 {S3}. Logi was the handsomest of men, but with the strength and size of the giants from whom he was descended. Because Loge was larger and stronger than any other man in land, his name was lengthened from Logi to Hálogi 'High-Logi' and from that name the country was called Hálogaland 'Hálogi's-land' (modern Hĺlogaland or Halogaland). The saga tells that Hálogi's wife was Glöd (Glođ 'glad'), the daughter of Grím (Grímr) of Grímsgard (Grímsgarđr) in Jötunheim in the far north and her mother was Alvör (Alvor) the sister of King Álf the Old ('Álfr hinn gamli') of Álfheim. Or perhaps, the name of Hálogi's wife should be rendered instead as Glód (Glóđ 'red-hot embers') if this Logi is indeed either identical or confused with Logi as a personification of fire. The names of his daughters in this account were Eisa 'glowing embers' and Eimyrja 'embers', the fairest women in the land, whose names were later applied to the things which became their meaning, certain indication of the original fiery nature of their father. (Wife and daughters are sometimes wrongly ascribed to Loki rather than Logi in secondary sources.)
  4. KARI Fornjotsson, King of Kvenland. Born (about 80 BC)(185-S3) in in Kvenland. Kári is mentioned in one of the thulur as a term for wind. Otherwise this personage appears only in the Hversu and Orkneyinga saga accounts where Kári appears to be the heir to his father's kingdoms as in the Hversu Kári's descendants emerge also as rulers of Finland and Kvenland. Kári is father of a son who is named Frosti ('frost') according to the Orkneyinga saga but named Jökul (jokull 'icicle, ice, glacier') according to the Hversu. This son in turn is the father of Snćr the Old (Snćrr inn gamli 'Snow the Old').