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(without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... PART II Estbonian jfolI?*TIalcs THESE are very numerous, and,
while some are of course identical with well-known stories of
world-wide distribution, others have a peculiarly original
character of their own. We have divided them into sections, but
this classification must not be taken as too stringent, for many
tales would fall equally well under two or three of our separate
headings. In so far as any foreign elements are visible, they are
apparently Scandinavian or German. Finnish tales show more trace of
Russian influence, but there is seldom any visible in Esthonian
tales, and even in the Kalevipocg there is no resemblance to the
Russian hero-legends. It is, however, noteworthy that even in the
most heathenish tales, the heroes usually have names of Vol. i. "-
K Christian origin; though not in the Kalevipoeg. It is possible
that the Gospel of Nicodemus, which describes the descent into
hell, may have suggested the name of Nicodemus for Slyboots.
SECTION I TALES ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE "KALEVIPOEG" The following
stories are thoroughly Esthonian in character, and, with the
exception of the first, mostly exhibit variants of the Kalevidc's
journeys to Porgu. That of "Slyboots" is also interesting from the
resemblance of a portion of it to "Jack and the Beanstalk." THE
MILKY WAY. (JANNSEN.) SOON after the creation of the world, God
created a fair maiden and gave into her charge all the birds
beneath the heavens. This was Lindu, the lovely daughter of Uko,
who knew the paths of all the birds of passage, whence they came in
spring, and whither they went in autumn, and appointed to each his
dwelling. She cared for the birds with M7 a tender heart, like a
mother for her children, and gave them her aid whenever it was
possible; and like a flower in the morning sunlight...
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