Kalevala - Study Guide Parts 40, 41, 42, 43, and 44 Summary & Analysis

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Part 40 - Lemminkainen, Vainamoinen, and Ilmarinen encounter a mighty waterfall. Lemminkainen creates magic that allows them to pass through it. Next the boat runs aground, and Lemminkainen discovers it's stuck on the back of a giant pike. He grabs a sword and brags that he can kill it, but fails. Ilmarinen mocks him for being too young, saying only a real man can kill the pike. He too tries and fails. Finally Vainamoinen gently reminds them that he's the oldest and most manly there, reaches down with his sword, kills the pike, slices it in two, and prepares it to be eaten. Once the pike's bones are bare and dry, Vainamoinen constructs a kantele (harp) out of them. One by one Ilmarinen, Lemminkainen, the oarsmen and the maidens all try to play it, but without success. When the ship arrives in Pohja, the people there...

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