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Kalevala, Volume I

The Land of the Heroes

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Author: Anonymous
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,350 / 267 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,001
Added to site: 2008.07.03
mnybks.net#: 21407
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Poetry

The Kalevala, or the Land of Heroes, as the word may be freely rendered, is the national epic of Finland

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aunis Pohjan neiti,
Maan kuula, ve'en valio,
Istui ilman wempelellä,
Taivon kaarella kajotti
Pukehissa puhtaissa,
Walkeissa vaattehissa;
Kultakangasta kutovi,
Hopeista huolittavi
Kultaisesta sukkulasta,
Pirralla hopeisella.

Suihki sukkula piossa,
Käämi käessä kääperöitsi,
Niiet vaskiset vatisi,
Hopeinen pirta piukki
Neien kangasta kutoissa,
Hopeista huolittaissa.

The _Kalevala_ is very unlike any poem familiar to general readers, but it contains much that is extremely curious and interesting; and many beautiful passages and episodes which are by no means inferior to those we find in the ballad-literature of better-known countries than Finland.

W. F. KIRBY.

_Chiswick, May_ 1907

CONTENTS OF VOL. I

RUNO PAGE

INTRODUCTION vii

I. BIRTH OF VÄINÄMÖINEN 1

II. VÄIN&Au

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