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The Kalevala: An Epic Poem After Oral Tradition

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The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic, which like the Iliad and the Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millennium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (those outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region of Karelia, that straddles the border of eastern Finland and north-west Russia, developed an oral poetry that was to last into the nineteenth century. This poetry provided the basis of the Kalevala. It was assembled in the 1840s by the Finnish ...

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The Kalevala: An Epic Poem After Oral Tradition
2009, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199538867

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