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The Kalevala

The Kalevala
Author: Elias Lonnrot
ISBN 13: 9780554396606
ISBN 10: 554396602
Edition: N/A
Publisher: BiblioLife
Publication Date: 2008-08-18
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 552
List Price: $42.99

The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic which, like the Iliad and Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millennium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region developed an oral poetry that was to last into the nineteenth century. This poetry provided the basis of the Kalevala, assembled by the Finnish scholar Elias Lonnrot and published in its final form in 1849. It played a central role in the process towards Finnish independence and inspired some of the greatest music of Sibelius.