Monday, September 30, 2019

Finland's "The Kalevala"

Today I visited the Finnish Cultural Heritage Center in Hancock MI on the Upper Peninsula (across a river from Houghton), next to “Finlandia University”.
There is a bookstore on the property, and I did pick up the Oxford World Classics paperback of The Kalevala, which is the Finnish epic poem comparable to the Iliad and the Odyssey (Greece).
The book has a 56-page Introduction and analysis (roman page numbering) which even discusses the original language verse and its possible affinity for 5/4 time in music (page xxii).
The actual epic comprises 50 poems and runs 666 pages translated. The last chapter is “The Newborn King” (like Tolkien).  The first is “In the Beginning”.

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