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Kalevala, The Land of the Heroes (Kirby translation)

Elias Lönnrot

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The Kalevala is a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology. It is regarded as the national epic of Karelia and Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The Kalevala played an instrumental role in the development of the Finnish national identity, the intensification of Finland's language strife and the growing sense of nationality that ultimately led to Finland's independence from Russia in 1917. The first version of The Kalevala (called The Old Kalevala) was published in 1835. The version most commonly known today was first published in 1849 and consists of 22,795 verses, divided into fifty songs. The title can be interpreted as "The Land of Kaleva" or "Kalevia." If the rhythm of the poetry sounds familiar to American readers, it is probably because Henry Wadsworth Longfellow borrowed its trochaic tetrameter form for his famous "Song of Hiawatha." Of the five complete translations of the Kalevala into English, it is only the older translations by John Martin Crawford (1888) and William Forsell Kirby (1907) which attempt strictly to follow the original rhythm (Kalevala meter) of the poems. Modern writers influenced by the Kalevala include J. R. R. Tolkien, whose epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy make use of both style and content from the Finnish work. - Summary by Wikipedia (edited and supplemented by Expatriate)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

15h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

27:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

34:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

21:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

22:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

18:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

24:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

15:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

14:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

17:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

24:32