Finland's "Kalevala" Still has Influence in the Modern World

New York Times reporter Cori Ellison looks at the influence of the "Kalevala," Finland's national epic, on modern culture.

The "Kalevala" has influenced the musical works of Sibelius, the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, and even comic books. The epic, in its modern version, was preserved by Finnish doctor Elias Lonnrot in the 19th century.