The kalevala is without a doubt the most insanely hilarious and absurd epic poem or collection of epic poems ive ever read its really quite difficult to put to word just how ridiculous the story of the kalevala truly is in this book youll find a man peeling a rock and crafting a boat out of yarn . The kalevala is a great body of mythology and folklore that is vital to understanding finland and finnish national identity in fact it might not be going too far to say that the kalevala cycle is finland in so much as a cultures founding stories can be said to make the culture. Kalevala finnish national epic compiled from old finnish ballads lyrical songs and incantations that were a part of finnish oral tradition the kalevala was compiled by elias lnnrot who published the folk material in two editions 32 cantos 1835 enlarged into 50 cantos 1849kalevala the dwelling place of the poems chief characters is a poetic name for finland meaning land . The kalevala is an epic poem which elias lnnrot compiled from finnish folk lore in the 19th century it is commonly called the finnish national epic and is traditionally thought of as one of the most significant works of finnish language literature the kalevala is credited with some of the
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