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The Hero of Esthonia

and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country

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Author: William Kirby
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 141,309 / 402 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.7
LoC Category: GR
Downloads: 1,113
Added to site: 2006.10.03 14657
Genre: Myth

we find no trace; but three heroes, apparently cousins of the Kalevipoeg, appear suddenly in the poem. These are usually called by their patronymics, Alevide, Sulevide, and Olevide, but sometimes simply Alev, Sulev, and Olev.

[Footnote 1: This is specially noticeable in the manner in which the story of the Great Oak Tree is scattered in disjointed fragments through three cantos; and in the unsuccessful result of the Kalevide's voyage, when he reaches his goal after his return by a land journey.]


The most important collection of Esthonian prose tales was edited by Kreutzwald, and was published by the Finnish Literary Society at Helsingfors in 1866, under the title of Eestirahwa Ennemuistesed jutud, and has since been reprinted at Dorpat. In 1869 the same Society published a useful little Esthonian-Finnish glossary to the volume. A good German translation of many of these tales, by F. Lwe, appeared at Halle in 1869, under the title of Ehstnische



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