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Kalevala - The comic book

The first and the only graphic novel adaptation of the Kalevala, the mystical national epic of Finland, which was also used by J.R.R. Tolkien when writing his book The Lord of the Rings.

It consists of all the 50 runes of the Kalevala, in original textural form. The poems that grew out of the oral tradition for more than a thousand years, were assembled by the Finnish scholar Elias Lönnrot and published in the final form in 1849.

In the second part of the Kalevala comic book Lemminkäinen, not being invited to the wedding of Pohjola, travels to Pohjola to have his vengeance. Kullervo meets his tragic destiny, and the struggle over the magical Sampo gets to its' final conclusion. Dive into the dawn of history, past the centuries into the time when time itself did yet have no meaning...

The City of Tampere LITERARY PRIZE 2021:
Kristian Huitula (text and illustration):

-Modern Finnish edition !

-NEWSPAPER REVIEWS (Only in Finnish)

"Of the many illustrated editions I've seen in several languages, Huitula's Kalevala seems to me to be one of the best, refreshingly free of bogus heroism, kitch and whimsy."
-Keith Bosley, translator of the British English edition ( The Kalevala, Oxford University press )








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