The Kalevala


Author: Elias Lönnrot
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191637726
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 736
View: 6969

The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic, which like the Iliad and the Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millenium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (those outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region of Karelia, that straddles the border of eastern Finland and north-west Russia, developed an oral poetry that was to last into the nineteenth century. This poetry provided the basis of the Kalevala. It was assembled in the 1840s by the Finnish scholar Elias Lönnrot, who took `dictation' from the performance of a folk singer, in much the same way as our great collections from the past, from Homeric poems to medieval songs and epics, have probably been set down. Published in 1849, it played a central role in the march towards Finnish independence and inspired some of Sibelius's greatest works. This new and exciting translation by poet Keith Bosley, prize-winning translator of the anthology Finnish Folk Poetry: Epic, is the first truly to combine liveliness with accuracy in a way which reflects the richness of the original. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Kalevala


Author: Eino Friberg,George C. Schoolfield
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9789511101376
Category: Fiction
Page: 408
View: 5613

A translation of the national folk epic of Finland which relates Icelandic family sagas and reflects an ancient Finnish peasant life

Kalevala Mythology, Revised Edition


Author: Juha Pentikäinen,Ritva Poom
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253213525
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
View: 9135

"PentikSinen's exceptional interdisciplinary study will richly reward those interested in the dynamics of artistic creation and cultural construction, ethnic emergence and political nationalism, and shamanistic belief systems." - Robert Jarvenpa, American Anthropologist "A splendid contribution to the literature on folk epics and is highly relevant in the study of comparative literature and folkloristics." - The Scandinavian-American Bulletin "Kalevala Mythology is fluently translated by Ritva Poom and is expertly and imaginatively illustrated. Folklorists and mythologists are in-debted to PentikSinen for an informative and stimulating book." - Martin Puhvel, EthnohistoryThe Kalevala, created during the 1830s and 1840s, is based on folklore collected and compiled by Elias Lonnrot (1802-1884). It was the Kalevala that initiated the process leading to the foundation of Finnish identity during the nineteenth century and was one of the factors in the formation of Finland as a nation. The Kalevala also sheds light on the general process involved in the formation of other epics, such as the Niebelungenlied, the Edda, the Vedic books, and Homer's works. Pentik Sinen's contribution to the study of international epics relevant to the fields of classics, comparative literature, social history, and, of course, anthropology, and folkloristics.

Kalevala

The Land of Heroes
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Kalevala
Page: N.A
View: 2387



The Kalevala

Or, Poems of the Kaleva District
Author: Elias Lönnrot,Francis Peabody Magoun
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674500105
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 413
View: 4362

The first English translation of the national folk epic of Finland which relates Icelandic family sagas and reflects an ancient Finnish peasant life

The Kanteletar


Author: Elias Lönnrot,Keith Bosley
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 189
View: 8518

This is the first appearance in English of The Kanteletar (1840-1), the companion volume to the Finnish national epic poem The Kalevala. Based on Finnish oral tradition, The Kanteletar (roughly "zither-daughter", a kind of muse) is a selection from a treasury of nearly seven hundred lyrics and ballads that celebrate the everyday life of a rural society at work and play. The ballads range from a beautiful sequence of legends about the Virgin Mary, through the grim tales of Elina, to a hilarious account of a dragon that refuses to devour its victims.

Mighty Mikko


Author: P. H. Fillmore
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465513566
Category: Fables, Finnish
Page: 314
View: 9122



Unknown Soldiers


Author: Väinö Linna
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141977051
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
View: 1841

'There they stood, bumbling into lines with a bit of difficulty: Mother Finland's chosen sacrifice to world history' Unknown Soldiers follows the fates of a ramshackle troupe of machine-gunners in the Second World War, as they argue, joke, swear, cadge a loaf of bread or a cigarette, combat both boredom and horror in the swamps and pine forests - and discover that war will make or break them. One of Finland's best-loved books, this gritty and unromantic depiction of battle honours the dogged determination of a country and the bonds of brotherhood forged between men at war, as they fight for their lives. 'A rediscovered classic... profound and enriching ... Unknown Soldiers still has the power to shock' Herald

Louhi, Witch of North Farm

a story from Finland's epic poem, the Kalevala
Author: Toni De Gerez
Publisher: Puffin HC
ISBN: 9780140505290
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 4477

Louhi's plan to steal the sun and the moon backfires when the gods learn of her mischievous scheme.

The Story of Kullervo


Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544706323
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
View: 6589

“Shows how Finnish mythology and folk tales were instrumental to how Tolkien created his own legendarium.”—Boston Globe Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. “Hapless Kullervo,” as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanōna, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates. Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was “the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own,” and was “a major matter in the legends of the First Age.” Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, the tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world. “A fascinating read.”—NPR

Under the Sun and Over the Moon


Author: Loretta Suliin Busch
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1483644006
Category: Poetry
Page: 96
View: 6344

Book synopsis Under the Sun and Over the Moon...and through the stars of hope... is an absorbing retelling of the once sung runos in the Kalevala, which means "land of the descendants of Kaleva." In a time as ancient as it seems, Loretta Suliin Busch, interweaves these myths with imagination and attention to detail. Each myth, although unsettling, becomes vibrantly alive as the portrayed characters, in their surroundings, endure the unendurable. Among these myths you will find tales that will arouse your emotions in the complex mixture of adventures. There are trees and birds which talk, a Sampo with godlike powers, bees that seek healing honey, a homeless, pregnant bird, a resurrected man, a double suicide, six gold eggs and one iron. There are heroes with supernatural powers and women who are isolated in their hopes, dreams, joy, and tragedies as they try to understand their own lives.

The Old Kalevala and Certain Antecedents


Author: Elias Lönnrot
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780674430273
Category:
Page: 332
View: 8413



The Kalevala

An Epic Saga of Finland
Author: Elias Lonnrot,John Martin Crawford
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781611044218
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 292
View: 4248

The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic, which like the Iliad and the Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millennium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (those outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region of Karelia, that straddles the border of eastern Finland and north-west Russia, developed an oral poetry that was to last into the nineteenth century. This poetry provided the basis of the Kalevala. It was assembled in the 1840s by the Finnish scholar Elias Lonnrot, who took dictation' from the performance of a folk singer, in much the same way as our great collections from the past, from Homeric poems to medieval songs and epics, have probably been set down. Published in 1849, it played a central role in the march towards Finnish independence and inspired some of Sibelius's greatest works.

Finnish Magic

A Nation of Wizards, a World of Spirits
Author: Robert E. Nelson
Publisher: Celestial Arts
ISBN: 9781567184891
Category: History
Page: 171
View: 932

Shamanism is the oldest form of spirituality and magic on earth. In Finland, shamanism is the source of their system of magick. Now you can learn their system in Finnish Magic by Robert Nelson, Ph.D. In this book you will discover the ancient national epic of Finland known as the Kalevala. This book involves the search for magical power and is "the single greatest influence on the formation and definition of modern Finland" according to the author. Finnish Magic describes the ancient Finnish beliefs about deities and spirits. You'll learn about the primary Finnish deity, Jumala, and how the Finns also adopted some of the Norse deities. Also described is the notion that everything has a spirit, followed by a discussion of how those spirits are different from each other. Next, Finnish Magic goes into the methods of shamanism and Finnish magic. This is one of the best explanations of shamanic practices ever published. You will learn about the nature of the shamanic trance and the steps you need to follow: - How to go enter a trance - How to begin your shamanic trance journey - How to contact your guides - What to do when you contact your guides - What your guides will do and how to follow them - How to return from your journey - How to leave the trance All of these are guidelines. Dr. Nelson reveals that the key to Finnish magic is contained in three words: "Do what works." You will learn how to add spontaneity to your rituals. You will also learn about using drums, song, and dance to make your magic work. Other topics include shapeshifting, the runes, charms, talismans, amulets, the Finnish festivals of the year and how they are celebrated, how to honor ancestors, and much more. If you are interested in shamanism, in Finland, or just ways to enhance your magical abilities, this book must be one you study.

The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation


Author: Peter France
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199247844
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 656
View: 7388

This book, written by a team of experts from many countries, provides a comprehensive account of the ways in which translation has brought the major literature of the world into English-speaking culture. Part I discusses theoretical issues and gives an overview of the history of translation into English. Part II, the bulk of the work, arranged by language of origin, offers critical discussions, with bibliographies, of the translation history of specific texts (e.g. the Koran, the Kalevala), authors (e.g. Lucretius, Dostoevsky), genres (e.g. Chinese poetry, twentieth-century Italian prose) and national literatures (e.g. Hungarian, Afrikaans).

Oxford World's Classics


Author: Choderlos de Laclos
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0192838679
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
View: 8949

The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as `diabolical' and `infamous' as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward's introduction explodes myths about Laclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context. - ;The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as `diabolical' and `infamous' as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward's introduction explodes myths about Laclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context. - ;The Oxford World's Classic edition offers students an excellent introduction to this classic text and also important notes and chronologies. - Dr. Paraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth.

Stories of Finnish Art

The New Ateneum Guide
Author: Susanna Pettersson
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Publishers
ISBN: 9783775741354
Category: Art, Finnish
Page: 248
View: 619

The Ateneum Art Museum?the most frequently visited museum in the country?holds Finland?s oldest and largest art collection. This new beautifully illustrated book looks at the collection through a social lens, addressing how historical and political events have influenced art and artists as well as museum work and acquisitions for the collection. Starting with the year 1809, the storylines run through to the seventies. In addition, it covers the story of the Ateneum building itself as the center of the Finnish art scene for the last 127 years, not only the home of collections but also of two significant art schools. The catalogue offers readers sixteen newly commissioned thematic articles written by museum specialists along with five short stories by contemporary Finnish author. 0Exhibition: Ateneum / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (Permanent exhibition from 14.03.2016). 0Exhibition:

The Poetic Edda

Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
Author: Jackson Crawford
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
ISBN: 1624663583
Category: Poetry
Page: 392
View: 6789

"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc. Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." --Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Seven brothers

a novel
Author: Aleksis Kivi
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 347
View: 1396



The Year of the Hare

A Novel
Author: Arto Paasilinna
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101478136
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
View: 3192

Suddenly realizing what's important in life (with the help of a bunny), a man quits his job and heads to the countryside in this internationally bestselling comic novel. "Which of us has not had that wonderfully seditious idea: to play hooky for a while from life as we know it?" With these words from his foreword, Pico Iyer puts his finger on the exhilaratingly anarchic appeal of The Year of the Hare. While out on assignment, a journalist hits a hare with his car. This small incident becomes life-changing: he decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions, and spend a year wandering the wilds of Finland-with the bunny as his boon companion.