Apr 15, 2012

Elias Lönnrot Google Doodle

Google celebrated Elias Lönnrot's 210th Birthday on April 9, 2012.

Top 5 facts about Elias Lönnrot:

1. Elias Lönnrot was born on 9 April 1802.

2. He was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. 

3. He is best known for compiling Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national folk tales that he gathered during several expeditions in Finland, Russian Karelia, the Kola Peninsula and Baltic countries.

4. The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic that Lönnrot compiled, was among the inspirations for J.R.R. Tolkien's the Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings.

5. He died on 19 March 1884.

via Wikipedia, Google

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