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Kalevala - The Ancient Epic of Finland

Elias Lonnrot

The Kalevala is the signature work of traditional Finnish culture. In story after story, it explores the human and divine world as understood by the traditional runic singers of the north. It sings of how the universe came to be, how the natural world works, how divine and supernatural worlds relate to the world of humankind, how human beings relate to each other, how good and evil and life and death function in the world. Many of the stories focus on Wainamoinen, "old and trusty," an ancient singer, magician, and chieftain of the land of Kalevala. He plays a leading part in the struggle of the land of Kalevala against the land of Pohyola, the realm of warmth and light against the realm of cold and darkness. His brother, the blacksmith Ilmarinen, and the reckless young magician Lemminkainen, wage war with Louhi, the ancient woman, leader of the people of Pohyola. This is a war in which songs and magic are as much weapons as are swords and arrows, in which adventure can begin anywhere and victory is as much a matter of wit and ingenuity as of strength and courage. This recording is of the English translation of John Martin Crawford, which follows the original, traditional meter--the meter which Longfellow knew from the Kalevala and which he used in his famous Song of Hiawatha. In this translation, to help the listener follow the story, the names of characters and places are pronounced as they would be in English except for the leading character, Wainamoinen. Please enjoy these wonderful stories from a Nordic world of magic and adventure, of darkness and light! A Freshwater Seas production.

The Kalevala is the signature work of traditional Finnish culture. In story after story, it explores the human and divine world as understood by the traditional runic singers of the north. It sings of how the universe came to be, how the natural world works, how divine and supernatural worlds relate to the world of humankind, how human beings relate to each other, how good and evil and life and death function in the world. Many of the stories focus on Wainamoinen, "old and trusty," an ancient singer, magician, and chieftain of the land of Kalevala. He plays a leading part in the struggle of the land of Kalevala against the land of Pohyola, the realm of warmth and light against the realm of cold and darkness. His brother, the blacksmith Ilmarinen, and the reckless young magician Lemminkainen, wage war with Louhi, the ancient woman, leader of the people of Pohyola. This is a war in which songs and magic are as much weapons as are swords and arrows, in which adventure can begin anywhere and victory is as much a matter of wit and ingenuity as of strength and courage. This recording is of the English translation of John Martin Crawford, which follows the original, traditional meter--the meter which Longfellow knew from the Kalevala and which he used in his famous Song of Hiawatha. In this translation, to help the listener follow the story, the names of characters and places are pronounced as they would be in English except for the leading character, Wainamoinen. Please enjoy these wonderful stories from a Nordic world of magic and adventure, of darkness and light! A Freshwater Seas production.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The Kalevala is the signature work of traditional Finnish culture. In story after story, it explores the human and divine world as understood by the traditional runic singers of the north. It sings of how the universe came to be, how the natural world works, how divine and supernatural worlds relate to the world of humankind, how human beings relate to each other, how good and evil and life and death function in the world. Many of the stories focus on Wainamoinen, "old and trusty," an ancient singer, magician, and chieftain of the land of Kalevala. He plays a leading part in the struggle of the land of Kalevala against the land of Pohyola, the realm of warmth and light against the realm of cold and darkness. His brother, the blacksmith Ilmarinen, and the reckless young magician Lemminkainen, wage war with Louhi, the ancient woman, leader of the people of Pohyola. This is a war in which songs and magic are as much weapons as are swords and arrows, in which adventure can begin anywhere and victory is as much a matter of wit and ingenuity as of strength and courage. This recording is of the English translation of John Martin Crawford, which follows the original, traditional meter--the meter which Longfellow knew from the Kalevala and which he used in his famous Song of Hiawatha. In this translation, to help the listener follow the story, the names of characters and places are pronounced as they would be in English except for the leading character, Wainamoinen. Please enjoy these wonderful stories from a Nordic world of magic and adventure, of darkness and light! A Freshwater Seas production.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Martin Crawford, Robert Bethune

Length:

14h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:49


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:52


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

10:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:38


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:55


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:18


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:20


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:16


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:42


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:31


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:13


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:54


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:59


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:31


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:57


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:46


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:06


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:38


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:39


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:38


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:30


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:44


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:14


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:32


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:16


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:59


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:49


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:54


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:35


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:38


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:27


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:32


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:40


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:09


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:26


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:56


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:42


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:47


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:10


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:54