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Blog - The Berry Pickers: Finnish Mythology: The Creation of the World

Blog - The Berry Pickers: Finnish Mythology: The Creation of the World | Finland | Scoop.it
´╗┐´╗┐Finnish mythology has been captured in a collection of stories called THE KALEVALA. In the 1820s, Elias Lönnrot, traveled throughout Eastern Finland, Karelia and what was then known as Ingria (the area of northwest Russia that encompasses St. Petersburg) to collect the songs and poems of locals. He edited them into one epic poem that was first published in 1835. Later, he expanded his work and republished a more extensive version in 1845.
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The Girdle of Melian: Linda Gerber's The Finnish Line

The Girdle of Melian: Linda Gerber's The Finnish Line | Finland | Scoop.it
A mention of one of Tolkien's invented languages, Quenya, which is loosely based on Finnish, and of Väinämöinen, the main character from the Kalevala epic; Gandalf and the other wizards share many of his attributes.
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Historia Religionum: Kalevala: Finnish and Karelian Epic, Folk Poetry, Art, and Music. 28-29 May, 2011 [English Version]

Historia Religionum: Kalevala: Finnish and Karelian Epic, Folk Poetry, Art, and Music. 28-29 May, 2011 [English Version] | Finland | Scoop.it
KALEVALA: FINNISH AND KARELIAN EPIC, FOLK POETRY, ART AND MUSIC
On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of May, 2011, at the Palace Claricini Dornpacher, Via Boiani 4, Bottenicco di Moimacco (Udine, Italy).

On Saturday the 28th and Sunday 29th of May, 2011, the medieval Italian Italian cities of Cividale del Friuli and Bottenicco di Moimacco (Udine) will host the conference “Kalevala: Finnish Epic, Folk Poetry, Art and Music”.
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Nadi.fi: Kalevala. The Song of ancestors

Nadi.fi: Kalevala. The Song of ancestors | Finland | Scoop.it
Mastered by desire impulsive,
By a mighty inward urging,
I am ready now for singing,
Ready to begin the chanting
Of our nation's ancient folk-song
Handed down from by-gone ages.
In my mouth the words are melting,
From my lips the tones are gliding,
From my tongue they wish to hasten;
When my willing teeth are parted,
When my ready mouth is opened,
Songs of ancient wit and wisdom
Hasten from me not unwilling.
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Mythic Imagination

Mythic Imagination | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish Charms:
Appropriating Folk Magic from
the Kalevala and Kanteletar

By K.A. Laity
This paper was originally delivered at the Forging Folklore Conference, Harvard University, May 3-5 2007
Copyright © 2011

The village waited for the new moon.
They said my brother would return
empty handed when he was off hunting.
They were wrong. The eagle caught the duck.

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