The illustration portraits Lalli as a ravenous troll (Medieval Swedish documents sometimes refer to the Finnic peoples as trolls), having decapitated the legendary Bishop Henry on the frozen lake Köyliönjärvi. The second illustration shows the murder as part of larger, collective Finnish folklore.
Lalli – Kansallismurhaajan muotokuva: book illustration
Lalli – Kansallismurhaajan muotokuva (Tammi, 2022), by prof. Tuomas Heikkilä, examines the legend of the best known mythical murderer in Finnish folklore. I was contacted by the author in order to license Lalli-themed illustrations for the book.