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The Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot
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Feb 09, 08

More people should read the Kalevala, because it's beautiful and strange and absolutely unique. For example: have you ever read an epic in which the identity of a stolen, magical object is not defined?

Interesting story about how it came to be: Lonnrot went into the Finnish countryside in the 1840s and took dictation from traditional singers. The Kalevala is the product of Lonnrot's rolling all these diverse tales into one long creation myth.
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