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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 :(