Meaning of Sohni

The meaning of Sohni

There existed an oral tradition within Ancient Estonia of legends explaining the origin of the world. Within old Estonian folklore, a malevolent giant by the name of Kalev, Kalevine, Kalevipoiss, Kalevine posikine and Kalevin Poika appears, battling with other giants or enemies of the nation. Kalevipoeg was the youngest son of Kalev and Linda, born after his father’s death and surpassed his brothers in intelligence and strength. It is often thought that Kalevipoeg’s real name was Sohni/Soini. In the end of the epos Sohni dies and it is decided that he will be made as a guard at the gates in hell to look after so that the evil can’t get out and roam the world.