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Kalevala: Or, Poems of the Kaleva District / Edition 1
     

Kalevala: Or, Poems of the Kaleva District / Edition 1

by Francis Peabody Magoun Jr., Elias Lönnrot, Elias Lannrot
 

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ISBN-10: 0674500105

ISBN-13: 9780674500105

Pub. Date: 03/28/1985

Publisher: Harvard

The national folk epic of Finland is here presented in an English translation that is both scholarly and eminently readable. To avoid the imprecision and metrical monotony of earlier verse translations, Magoun has used prose, printed line for line as in the original so that repetitions, parallelisms, and variations are readily apparent. The lyrical passages and poetic

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The national folk epic of Finland is here presented in an English translation that is both scholarly and eminently readable. To avoid the imprecision and metrical monotony of earlier verse translations, Magoun has used prose, printed line for line as in the original so that repetitions, parallelisms, and variations are readily apparent. The lyrical passages and poetic images, the wry humor, the tall-tale extravagance, and the homely realism of the Kalevala come through with extraordinary effectiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674500105
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/28/1985
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
1,341,776
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword

The Kalevala

Poem

1. Lönnrot's prologue; the creation of the world and the birth of Väinämöinen

2. Väinämöinen's sowing of the primeval wilderness; a sower's charm

3. Väinämöinen's defeat of Joukahainen in a contest of wisdom; the pledging of Aino; maxims

4. Väinämöinen's ill-fated wooing of Aino; Aino's drowning

5. Väinämöinen's unsuccessful fishing for Aino; his mother's advice to woo the maiden of North Farm

6. Joukahainen fells Väinämöinen's horse

7. Väinämöinen and Louhi of North Farm; his promise of a Sampo

8. Väinämöinen and the maiden of North Farm; his wounded knee

9. The origin of iron; blood-stanching charms; the healing of Väinämöinen 's knee

10. Ilmarinen forges the Sampo

11. The marriage of Lemminkäinen and Kyllikki of the Island

12. Lemminkäinen bewitches North Farm; protective charms

13. Lemminkäinen woos the maiden of North Farm; he fails to catch the Demon's elk, assigned as a qualifying task

14. Huntsmen's charms; a ransom charm; Lemminkäinen captures the Demon's elk and bridles the Demon's gelding; while going to shoot the swan of Death's Domain he is shot dead by Soppy Hat

15. At home blood on his brush reveals Lemminkäinen 's death; his mother finds and reassembles the pieces of his body and restores him to life; vein, bee, and cowbane charms

16. Väinämöinen's boat-building and his visit to Death's Domain

17. Väinämöinen exacts charms from tortured Antero Vipunen; banishment charms and charms against disease and misadventure

18. Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen sue for the maiden of North Farm

19. The maiden of North Farm accepts Ilmarinen; IImarinen's three qualifying tasks; a snake charm, a huntsman's charm

20. The slaughtering of the big Karelian steer; preparations for the wedding feast at North Farm; the origin of beer

21. The wedding feast at North Farm; wedding lays

22. Wedding lay: Tormenting and consoling a bride

23. Wedding lays: The government of a bride; The lay of an abused daughter-in-law

24. Wedding lays: The government of a groom; Lay of a bride's going away; Ilmarinen and the maiden of North Farm set out for home

25. At home Ilmarinen and his bride are ceremoniously received

26. Lemminkäinen intrudes upon the wedding at North Farm; snake charms; the origin of snakes

27. The duel at North Farm

28. Lemminkäinen's hasty return from North Farm

29. Lemminkäinen's self-exile on an island

30. Lemminkäinen's and Snowfoot's wild goose chase and the big freeze; charms against Jack Frost and wizards

31. The feud between Untamo and Kalervo; Kullervo's unfortunate upbringing; an antifertility charm

32. Kullervo as a herdsman; cattle, milk, and bear charms

33. The death of Ilmarinen's lady

34. Kullervo's homecoming

3. The unhappy meeting of Kullervo and his sister

36. Kullervo's revenge on Untamo; his suicide

37. Ilmarinen's gold and silver bride

38. Ilmarinen's new bride from North Farm; a report on the Sampo

39. The expedition of Väinämöinen, Ilmarinen, and Lemminkäinen to North Farm to steal the Sampo

40. Väinämöinen's pikebone harp; rapids charms

41. Väinämöinen plays the pikebone harp

42. The theft of the Sampo from North Farm

43. The sea and air battle for the Sampo; the lucky preservation in the Kaleva District of some fragments of the Sampo; a soldier's protective charm

44. Väinämöinen 's new birchwood harp

45. Magically induced diseases in the Kaleva District; the origin of pestilences; charms against pain

46. The slaying of the bear at North Farm and the great feast in the Kaleva District; a bear-hunter's charm; the origin of bears

47. The mistress of North Farm steals the sun and the moon; the disappearance of Ukko's fire

48. The difficult recovery of Ukko's fire; a fisherman's charm; a charm against burns

49. Ilmarinen's silver sun and golden moon; Väinämöinen's duel at North Farm; the mistress of North Farm releases the true sun and moon; divining charms

50. The virgin Marjatta's immaculate conception; her son is designated King of Karelia; Väinämöinen 's discomfiture and flight; Lönnrot's epilogue

Appendices

I. Materials For The Study of The Kalevala

A. "Elias Lönnrot," by Aarne A. Anttila

B. "The Kalevala," by Vaino W. Salminen and Viljo Tarkiainen

C. Concordances: Old and New Kalevala

D. Lönnrot 's Prefaces to the Kalevala

E. Henrik Gabriel Porthan on Ceremonial Peasant Singing

II. Translator's Appendix

A. On the Translation of Certain Words

B. Glossary of Proper Names

C. Reference List of Finnish Names

D. List of Charms, in Order of Occurrence

F. Corrigenda

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