Encouraged by a rich folklore and by the example of the Finns who spoke a language related to Estonian, those few intellectuals who were of Estonian descent, decided to erect a monument to their people. They were prompted by the Finnish epic Kalevala, on the model of which the Estonian epic Kalevipoeg was written and published in 1862.


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Title page of the epic Kalevipoeg, compiled by Fr.R. Faehlmann (1798-1859) and Fr.R. Kreutzwald (1803-1882). The Coronation of Kalevipoeg. A charcoal drawing by Kristjan Raud.

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