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The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country   By: (1844-1912)

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THE HERO OF ESTHONIA AND OTHER STUDIES IN THE ROMANTIC LITERATURE OF THAT COUNTRY

COMPILED FROM ESTHONIAN AND GERMAN SOURCES BY

W.F. KIRBY, F.L.S., F.E.S., ETC. CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE FINNISH LITERARY SOCIETY

WITH A MAP OF ESTHONIA

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOLUME THE FIRST

LONDON JOHN C. NIMMO 14, KING WILLIAM STREET, STRAND. MDCCCXCV

CONTENTS OF VOL. I

PAGE

PREFACE ix

INTRODUCTION

ESTHONIA xiii

THE KALEVIPOEG xviii

FOLK TALES IN PROSE xxii

BALLADS AND OTHER SHORT POEMS xxiii

PASTOR HURT'S COLLECTIONS xxiv

MYTHOLOGY xxvi

PART I

THE HERO OF ESTHONIA

THE KALEVIPOEG 1

THE ARGUMENT 2

CANTO I. THE MARRIAGES OF SALME AND LINDA 7

CANTO II. THE DEATH OF KALEV 18

CANTO III. THE FATE OF LINDA 24

CANTO IV. THE ISLAND MAIDEN 32

CANTO V. THE KALEVIDE AND THE FINNISH SORCERER 38

CANTO VI. THE KALEVIDE AND THE SWORD SMITHS 42

CANTO VII. THE RETURN OF THE KALEVIDE 49

CANTO VIII. THE CONTEST AND PARTING OF THE BROTHERS 55

CANTO IX. RUMOURS OF WAR 61

CANTO X. THE HEROES AND THE WATER DEMON 64

CANTO XI. THE LOSS OF THE SWORD 72

CANTO XII. THE FIGHT WITH THE SORCERER'S SONS 80

CANTO XIII. THE KALEVIDE'S FIRST JOURNEY TO HADES 87

CANTO XIV. THE PALACE OF SARVIK 94

CANTO XV. THE MARRIAGE OF THE SISTERS 105

CANTO XVI. THE VOYAGE OF THE KALEVIDE 110

CANTO XVII. THE HEROES AND THE DWARF 119

CANTO XVIII. THE KALEVIDE'S JOURNEY TO PĂ•RGU 124

CANTO XIX. THE LAST FEAST OF THE HEROES 129

CANTO XX. ARMAGEDDON 135

PART II

ESTHONIAN FOLK TALES

SECTION I

TALES ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE "KALEVIPOEG"

THE MILKY WAY 147

THE GRATEFUL PRINCE 152

THE CLEVER COUNTRYWOMAN 186

SLYBOOTS 187

THE HOUSE SPIRIT 207

THE GOLD SPINNERS 208

SECTION II

ORPHAN AND FOUNDLING STORIES

THE WOOD OF TONTLA 237

THE KING OF THE MISTY HILL 259

THE ORPHAN'S HANDMILL 260

THE ORPHAN BOY AND THE HELL HOUNDS 261

THE EGG BORN PRINCESS 273

THE ROYAL HERD BOY 279

TIIDU, THE FLUTE PLAYER 303

THE LUCKY EGG 308

THE MAGICIAN IN THE POCKET 321

THE GOD DAUGHTER OF THE ROCK MAIDENS 321

THE FOUNDLING 321

PREFACE

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... Continue reading book >>




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