Kalevala or Finland is the land where Lönnrot (1802-1884) compiled folklore songs of ancient times. From these songs he made a more or less continuing story in 50 parts. To improve readablity Inge Ott made a ‘prose-version’ and of this version I have got a Dutch translation from an Antroposophical publisher. The Kalevala reads as a real myth with superhuman heroes doing supernatural things. Of course there are the underlying themes of creation and the like, but this symbology is not always easy to find. If you -like me- are looking to collect the most important Northern European myths, the Kalevala cannot lack from your bookshell. This illustrated Dutch translation is a nice one, I am sure there are also good versions in English.
Kalevala * Elias Lönnrot (isbn 9062380778)
- 04 May 2007