Which is the most famous phrase referring to Karelia in the epic "Kalevala"?

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10.09.2004

Which is the most famous phrase referring to Karelia in the epic "Kalevala"?

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13.09.2004
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13.09.2004

Kalevala, Finnish national epic, is a collection of Karelian folk poetry. Elias Lönnrot collected the runes from the Karelian people from different areas of Karelia: from White Sea Karelia (Viena), from North Karelia, from Ladoga Karelia.

The name of the epic, Kalevala, can be understood as a fictional land of the people of Kaleva.
Karelia as a place is mentioned in Kalevala in the following:

Rune/row
3/180
20/17
20/37
20/54
20/75
20/452
31/8
31/13
31/360
31/364
48/258
50/477

The translation of Kalevala of John Martin Crawford of the year 1888 is in the internet, the address is: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng/
There Karelia is in the form Karyala.
See also page: http://www.finlit.fi/kalevala/teksti/

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