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Thread #150358   Message #3508530
Posted By: AKS
25-Apr-13 - 03:49 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Karelian folk song: orphan boy's revenge
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Karelian folk song: orphan boy's revenge
Be my guest, L.

And yes, Kullervo really is the sad figure of Finnish epic.

On the other hand, some of his actions esp. here remind me of Tuhma-Jussi* 'stupid John'; both are told to do this or that, without first showing/teaching them how to!** The difference being that Jussi in the end turns out to be the successful one, whereas Kullervo is not.

I think Kullervo quietly accepts his share until the point when he finds the stone in his bread: "Perkele, I may be a slave and a fool, ok, but this goes too far now" and the hell is loose!

* a comic character in fairy tales, youngest of three brothers, his deeds always are topsy-turvy
** a method still in use when I was a child :(

AKS