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From his mysterious birth as the old-man son of the air maiden through his various adventures and accomplishments, Finnish folk hero Vainamoinen makes use of his ability to create magic songs and spells
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This great national epic of Finland is incomparable, filled as it is with high-spirited heroes and heroines and a protagonist whose magic is accomplished with songs, and who is already an old man when he is born. We were captivated by details such as these and by Mea McNeil's inimitable paintings that capture the very essence of the tale. This truly is a book for all ages to enjoy.From the Author:
After working for the better part of my adult life with mythologies from various parts of the world, I approached this epic of my own culture aprehensively. The translation I read in my childhood was monotonously sing-song and dense -- eroneously so, I was happy to discover when I found the more recent fine versions of Bosley, Magoun, and Friberg. I was attracted by the strong female characters and the revelation in Vaino, the man born old, of the value of wisdom gathered in childhood.
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Book Description Stemmer House Pub, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110880451289
Book Description Stemmer House Pub, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0880451289