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Sunday, May 17
CAC Great Works Club
6pm

Hello Everyone!

For May, we will be reading Volume One of Kalevala described below (rumor has it JRR Tolkein's Gandalf was inspired by this epic).
Thank you to Micah for the suggestion and the link!

Here's a fantastic mythologic epic written by a district health officer----just what the doctor ordered for your spring quarantine reading.

Old and new members welcome .  Please respond with the e-mail you would like the invite sent to.

We will be meeting Sunday May 17th at 6PM.  Please respond with the e-mail you would like the Zoom invite sent to.

I pray you are all safe and I look forward to "seeing" you,
Rochelle
Rochelle

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According to the Wikipedia summary:

"The Kalevala is considered the national epic of Finland. It was compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot while he was a district health officer in eastern Finland, at that time under the governance of Russia. The poem consists of 50 runos or cantos and 22,795 lines of poetry. The poem tells the story of a people, from the very beginning of the world to the introduction of Christianity."

Runos 1-10: The first Väinämöinen cycle
Runos 11-15: The first Lemminkäinen cycle
Runos 16-18: The second Väinämöinen cycle
Runos 19-25: Ilmarinen's wedding
Runos 26-30: The second Lemminkäinen cycle
Runos 31-36: The Kullervo cycle
Runos 37-38: The second Ilmarinen cycle
Runos 39-44: The plunder of the Sampo
Runos 45-49: Louhi's revenge on Kalevala
Runo 50: Marjatta

The two volume version on Project Gutenberg seems to be a better translation. Volume I consists of runos 1 through 25. Volume II consists of runos 26 through 50. Both volumes are close to 300 pages each. The first volume is probably a good place to start for next month. We can continue on to the second volume in the future.

Kalevala, The Land of the Heroes, Volume One
Kalevala, The Land of the Heroes, Volume Two
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