35: Kalevala Runo 6 - Joukahainen's Crossbow

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This is the conclusion of the story of Joukahainen, and this poem wraps up some of the themes which started in the Runos 3 to 5. As Väinämöinen travels toward new adventures in Pohjola, Joukahainen is consumed with resentment and directs his anger towards Väinämöinen.

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The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

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