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Description - Kalevala: The Epic of the Finnish People by Elias Loennrot

The great epic poem of Northern Europe, born deep in the heart of ancient Karelian forests

Sharing its title with the poetic name for Finland - 'the land of heroes' - Kalevala is the soaring epic poem of the Finnish people. Born of an ancient tradition of folklore and song, Kalevala is a work rich in magic, cosmic mystery and myth, presenting a story of a people through the ages, from the dawn of creation. Sung by rural Finns since prehistoric times, and formally compiled by Elias L nnrot in the nineteenth century, it is a landmark of Finnish culture and it played a vital role in galvanizing Finland's national identity in the decades leading up to independence. And yet its tales of tragedy and triumph, adventure and ambition, hope, lust, death and birth, reach far beyond the region's borders, searching the heart of human existence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780241403068
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 28mm)
Pages: 656
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2021
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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