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Kalevala, The [Hardcover]

Kirsty Makinen , Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin

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16 Dec 2010
The Kalevala, Finland's revered national epic, was compiled in the 19th century from ancient runes by Elis Lnnrot, doctor and student of languages. It has since been translated into 45 languages and inspired numerous writers, artists and filmmakers, including J.R.R. Tolkien. Kirsti Mkinen's prose retelling contains all the adventure of the original runic version and captures its beauty for children and adults alike. Its fantastic quests are brought to life for UK audiences by the faithful translation of Kaarina Brooks and Pirrko-Liisa Surojegin's stunning illustrations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 21 Oct 2010
By Alan Salmi - Published on Amazon.com
For those we want a beautifully illustrated Kalevala, with a prose translation of significant stories, this is highly recommended. A nice feature is that there are passages, rendered into English from lines of the metered poetry, in the same "kalevala meter" that Longfellow borrowed for his Hiawatha poem. This gives the reader a sense of what the original Finnish may have felt like, in more modern language than some of the older poetical translations that are available. No, this isn't a translation for scholars, but for those of Finnish heritage, such as myself, who want to get a sense of their heritage and the magnificent stories that are so important to Finnish culture, this is a book to treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kalevala, a colourful example of Oral Tradition 17 Feb 2010
By Dag Stomberg - Published on Amazon.com
The poems of the Kaleva District as compiled by Elias Lonnrot form the national folk epic of Finland, some have said.

"The ancient stories of Finland reflect our best tendencies and most eternal selves," said Pekka Ervast, a scholar.

It does contain information about the spiritual realms as told by

What makes this edition so wonderful are the excellent readable
translations and the superb colour and black and white illustrations

Indeed, this is a book for adults and children alike.


Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, beautiful book 9 July 2012
By Maia - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned the epic poem of the Kalevala for more than 20 years yet have not been able to make my way through it though I've tried many times. This prose book telling the story of the Kalevala is what I've needed to get me through the epic story of my Finnish heritage. It is also a beautiful book with many pages of wonderful art. If you've been struggling with the Kalevala, as I did, this is the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars fun stories 22 Oct 2013
By Roberta Reed Dye - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun book of Finnish folklore.
I love the illustrations also.
I downloaded it for bedtime stories but found I enjoy them also.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finnish Folklore 19 Oct 2012
By Scoti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Kalevala is a lovely presentation of Scandinavian folklore in a keepsake edition. The legends are a refreshing alternative to Western stories of creation.
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