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Kalevala, The Land of the Heroes (Kirby translation)

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(4,583 Sterne; 12 Bewertungen)

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) (15 hr 37 min)

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Runo 01

14:53

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Runo 02

17:17

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Runo 03

23:56

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Runo 04

21:05

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Runo 05

10:06

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10:00

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Runo 07

15:24

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Runo 08

12:03

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Runo 09

23:12

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Runo 10

20:51

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Runo 11

16:04

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Runo 12

19:44

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Runo 13

11:00

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Runo 14

18:12

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Runo 15

24:56

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Runo 16

17:27

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Runo 17

25:12

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Runo 18

27:20

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Runo 19

20:50

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Runo 20

23:25

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Runo 21

17:19

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Runo 22

20:17

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Runo 23

33:40

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Runo 24

23:44

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Runo 25

32:38

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Runo 26

34:25

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Runo 27

18:57

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Runo 28

13:04

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Runo 29

25:03

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Runo 30

21:05

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Runo 31

15:55

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Runo 32

21:42

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Runo 33

12:42

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Runo 34

10:34

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Runo 35

15:50

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15:10

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Runo 37

10:31

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Runo 38

13:47

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Runo 39

17:16

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Runo 40

13:53

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Runo 41

11:26

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Runo 42

22:59

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Runo 43

18:08

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Runo 44

13:54

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Runo 45

14:45

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Runo 46

24:34

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Runo 47

15:10

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Runo 48

14:52

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17:06

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24:31

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Bewertungen

great tale

(3,5 Sterne)

words of myth. tales that any lover of the mythologies of the world, especially those strange and beautiful and baltic, will love. the reader is one im usually quite fond of listening to. however, the kalevala is here read to sound exactly like so many readers i had heard growing up in the catholic churches of the midwest u.s. so painfully dull and listing. ready to stretch and yawn? good. now you're over the sleepy doldrum of the reading, enjoy the beautiful tale.

Very interesting.

(4 Sterne)

The reader did a great job. He even continued through a cold, and did well.