Elias Lonnrot

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Elias Lnnrot was a Finnish country doctor born in 1802. During twenty years spent working in a remote part of eastern Finland, Lnnrot collected fragments of folk tales and poetry which he believed formed a continuous epic. He undertook eleven field trips on a quest to gather as much material as he could, partly funded by the Finnish Literary Society, of which he was a founding member. The result was the Kalevala, first published in 1835. Lnnrot continued to collect material, eventually bringing out the version weknow today in 1849. It consists of 22,795 verses, divided into fifty songs. Lnnrot most likely merged similar variants and stitched fragments together with his own words.

Lnnrot became a professor of Finnish language and literature at the University of Helsinkiin 1853. His work paved the way for the development of modern Finnish literature and promoted Finnish as the national language over Swedish. From 1866 he worked on thefourteen-year-long task of compiling the first FinnishSwedish dictionary which containedover 200,000 entries. Many of the translations were coined by Lnnrot himself. He died in 1884.

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Kalevala

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Kalevala is the poetic name for Finland: the land of heroes. Here youll find the cultural essence of a young country but an old land, the stories, songs and poems that recount the mythical adventures of humankind.

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Kalevala

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

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