From Wikipedia The story of Kullervo from Finnish mythology contains elements similar to Elric’s story, such as a talking magic sword and fatal alienation of the hero from his family. Besides Elric, Kullervo has been proposed as having influence on Poul Anderson’s 1954 novel The Broken Sword, and J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Túrin Turambar. Moorcock has stated that “Anderson’s a definite influence [on Elric], as stated. But oddly, the Kalevala was read to us at my boarding school when I was about seven”, and “from a very early age I was reading Norse legends and any books I could find about Norse stories”. Moorcock in the same posting stated “one thing I’m pretty sure of, I was not in any way directly influenced by Prof. T[olkien]”.