• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kalevala kal-e-vä′lä the great Finnish epic, written in eight-syllabled trochaic verse (from which Longfellow's Hiawatha is imitated), taken down from the lips of the peasantry and pieced together by Dr. Lönnrot of Helsingfors in 1835, in extended form (22,793 verses) in 1849.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Finnish, kaleva, a hero, -la, denoting place.


In literature:

Their greatest literary monument is the Kalevala, an epic poem.
"The Interdependence of Literature" by Georgina Pell Curtis
Kalevala (ka'la-va'la), "The land of heroes," the title of the national epic of Finland.
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
This rough outline of the main characteristics of the 'Kalevala' we shall now try to fill up with an abstract of its contents.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
But the Kalevala proper was collected by two great Finnish scholars of our own century, Zacharias Topelius and Elias Lonnrot.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
What is the "Kalevala" as we now possess it?
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
Aino, a heroine of the "Kalevala," who was drowned in a lake, i.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
The chief hero of the Kalevala; son of Kape.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
Or on Kalevala's broad heathlands!
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
The mythologies of the Finns also (given in the Kalevala) are noteworthy.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The Mistress of Pohjola threatens to send all evil upon Kalevala, to which Vaeinaemoeinen pays no attention (305-368).
"Kalevala, Volume II (of 2)" by Anonymous