Elias Lonnrot: (1802-1884) Finnish Philologist
Elias Lonnrot was born on April 9, 1802 in
Nyland, Finland. In 1822, he entered the
University of Abo
where he eventually became a physician. In 1827, he began to publish
contributions to the study of the ancient Finnish language through collections
of national ballads and folklore.
In 1831, the Finnish Literature Society was
founded and Lonnrot became the Society's first secretary. Just four years
later, he was able to put together the great
epic of Finland, the Kalevala, the first edition of which he published.
In 1840, Elias Lonnrot issued the Kanteletar,
or folk-songs of ancient Finland,
which he had collected from the nation's oral tradition during his many
tours of Finland. The Proverbs of Finland followed in 1842. Elias died
on in March 1884.
Photographs of the Garden
Juminkeko, Lonnrot and
to Know, 1911 Encyclopedia, Elias Lonnrot