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. The first edition of the kalevala appeared in 1835 compiled and edited by elias lnnrot on the basis of the epic folk poems he had collected in finland and karelia this poetic song tradition sung in an unusual archaic trochaic tetrametre had been part of the oral tradition among speakers of balto finnic languages for 2000 years. 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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