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Nordic Hero Tales from the Kalevala

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If you ever wondered where J. R. R. Tolkien got some of his major inspiration for The Lord Of The Rings, read the Kalevala. Even the Elvin language was based on Finnish. Then when you're in the lunchroom you can tell your friends how closely related the struggle for the ring of power is to Nordic folklore. Won't they be impressed!
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A homesick hero, a pair of friendly rivals, a triumphant bridegroom, and a golden maiden populate the pages of this treasury, a collection of awe-inspiring stories from Finnish mythology. Assembled by educator James Baldwin, a specialist in adapting ancient narratives into captivating prose, these 38 entrancing tales are drawn from the oral traditions of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala.

The Kalevala spans many ages, from the beginning of the earth to the remote past, long before its legends were sung and chanted in humble homes and grand palaces alike. Its tales of heroes and gods center on the fate of a sampo, a highly prized and jealously guarded magical artifact. J. R. R. Tolkien was much influenced by this fantasy cycle of the Far North, and readers of all ages continue to fall under its spell. This edition of the beloved classic features four magnificent illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.

Synopsis:

A collection of awe-inspiring stories from Finnish mythology, this treasury was assembled by educator James Baldwin, who specialized in adapting ancient narratives into captivating prose. Drawn from the oral traditions of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, these 38 entrancing tales are appropriate for all ages. 4 illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.

About the Author

James Baldwin was born in Indiana and made a career as an educator and administrator there starting at the age of 24. After a long career in education, he went on to become a widely published schoolbook editor and author in the subjects of legends, mythology, biography, and literature, among others.

N.C. Wyeth was an American artist and illustrator. Born in Needham, Massachusetts, he studied under Howard Pyle. His first published work appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1903. In 1911 he painted a series of illustrations for an edition of the book, Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. He also illustrated editions of The Yearling, The White Company, Robinson Crusoe, The Last of the Mohicans, Kidnapped (1937), and Robin Hood.

Table of Contents

Mistress and Minstrel

The Maid of Beauty

The Graybeard and His Son

The Wicked Hornet

The Tree of Magic

The Smithy

The Tempest

The Recipe

The Caldron

The Forging of the Sampo

The Homesick Hero

The Unfinished Boat

The Land of Tuonela

The Hag of the Rock

The Hero's Return

The Wisdom Keeper

The Launching

The Maid of the Morning

The Unexpected Journey

The Friendly Rivals

The Barking Dogs

The Old Man's Wooing

The Field of Serpents

The Great Pike

The Bridegroom's Triumph

The Wedding Feast

The Home Coming

The Slave Boy

A Dreadful Vengeance

The Golden Maiden

The Famine

The Weeping Ship

The Kantele

The Triumph of Music

The Flight

The Pursuit

The Fate of the Sampo

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486447483
Author:
Baldwin, James
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Illustrator:
Wyeth, N. C.
Author:
Wyeth, N. C.
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Norse
Subject:
Folklore -- Finland.
Subject:
Tales -- Finland.
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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If you ever wondered where J. R. R. Tolkien got some of his major inspiration for The Lord Of The Rings, read the Kalevala. Even the Elvin language was based on Finnish. Then when you're in the lunchroom you can tell your friends how closely related the struggle for the ring of power is to Nordic folklore. Won't they be impressed!

"Synopsis" by ,
A collection of awe-inspiring stories from Finnish mythology, this treasury was assembled by educator James Baldwin, who specialized in adapting ancient narratives into captivating prose. Drawn from the oral traditions of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, these 38 entrancing tales are appropriate for all ages. 4 illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.

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