The Kalevala Epic

Context

The Goddess Ilmatar, one of the characters that are recounted in Kalevala

Content

In Lönnrot’s time, Turku was quite an academic hub. It had a university and related academic buildings. Today, the city is best known for The Great Fire of Turku (1827), one of the (if not thé) largest fires in Scandinavia to date.

Reading

  • The marriage of Lemminkäinen and Kyllikki of the Island
  • The feud between Untamo and Kalervo; Kullervo’s unfortunate upbringing; an antifertility charm
  • The death of Ilmarinen’s lady
  • The theft of the Sampo from North Farm

“Wainamoinen, old and truthful, Now arranges for a journey To the village of the Northland, To the land of cruel winters, To the land of little sunshine, To the land of worthy women; Takes his light-foot, royal racer, Then adjusts the golden bridle, Lays upon his back the saddle, Silver-buckled, copper-stirruped, Seats himself upon his courser, And begins his journey northward…”

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