P1210489The Kalevala, the ‘Metamorphoses – Ovid‘ of Finland has the most interesting genesis of them all:

So then the water-mother

the water-mother, air-lass

raised her knee out of the sea

her shoulder-blade from the wave

for the scaup a nesting-place

sweet land to live on.

that scaup, pretty bird

glides and hovers; it

spied the water-mother’s knee

on the bluish main;

thought it was grass hummock

a clump of fresh sward.

 It flutters it glides

 and it lands on the knee-cap.

There it builds its nest

laid its golden eggs:

six eggs were of gold

 and iron egg the seventh.