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The Hero of Esthonia

By Kirby, W. F.

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Reproduction Date: 2014

Title: The Hero of Esthonia  
Author: Kirby, W. F.
Volume: Vol. I
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Legends & Sagas, Baltic
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: John C. Nimmo


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Description: When I took up the study of the Kalevala and Finnish literature, with the intention of publishing a critical English edition of the poem, on which I am still engaged, the accumulation of the necessary materials led me to examine the literature of the neighbouring countries likewise. I had expected to find the Kalevipoeg an Esthonian variant of the Kalevala; but I found it so dissimilar, and at the same time so interesting, when divested of the tedious and irrelevant matter that has been added to the main story, that I finally decided to publish a full account of it in prose, especially as nothing of the kind has yet been attempted in English, beyond a few casual magazine articles. The Esthonian folk-tales are likewise of much interest, and in many cases of an extremely original character; and these also have never appeared in an English dress. I have, therefore, selected a sufficiently representative series, and have added a few ballads and short poems.


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