Finnish mythology series: Metsänväki
All mythical beings and creatures of the forest are called metsänväki [metsä: Finnish word for ‘forest’]. Forest was believed to be a magical place that holds a large amount of power. The said power of the forest was also called metsän väki [väki: old Finnish word for 'power’ or 'strength’, modern word means 'group’]. Metsänväki lives mostly in the distant, deep woods.