(italics) the national epic of Finland (1835, enlarged 1849), compiled and arranged by Elias Lönnrot from popular lays of the Middle Ages.
the home or land of Kaleva; Finland.
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How to use Kalevala in a sentence
In the Kalevala we meet with no kings, but only patriarchs, or chiefs of clans.
Kuningas (king) is a Teutonic word, which rarely occurs in the Kalevala.
Both in subject and in metre the poem is a conscious imitation of the Finnish "Kalevala."
Kulta, "golden," here rendered "dearest," is a term constantly applied in the Kalevala to anything dear or precious.
Weeping appears no more disgraceful to the heroes of the Kalevala than to those of the Iliad.
British Dictionary definitions for Kalevala
the land of the hero Kaleva, who performed legendary exploits
the Finnish national epic in which these exploits are recounted, compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry in 1835 to 1849
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