VäINäMöINEN: THE FINNISH DEITY AND HERO WHO INSPIRED TOLKIEN TO CREATE GANDALF AND TOM BOMBADIL
J.R.R. Tolkien created remarkable stories that inspired Peter Jackson to make incredible movies. But it was his knowledge of literature and old legends which inspired the writer to use stories of gods and heroes to create iconic fictional figures such as Gandalf, Tom Bombadil, and many other characters. One of the most fascinating of his inspirations came in the form of Väinämöinen, the Finnish god of magic, who had some amazing legends surrounding him long before Tolkien dreamed up his famous fictional world.