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The Sampo (1959) 1/6

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Uploaded on Jan 14, 2010

The story of the Sampo, the magical object that produces riches, from a Finnish-Soviet movie from 1959 (=BASICALLY THE FIRST PART OF THE MOVIE, with some abbreviations). The story is based on the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala, that was used as an inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien among others.

Notice that almost all the characters have some sort of magic or act as shamans. And unlike the women in The Lord of the Rings, the women of the Kalevala also have very strong personality, like Louhi, the sorceress of the Pohyola ('The North-Country'). Pohyola may be thought of as a real place in the north or as a world in a totally different reality.

The dialoge is on meter, like in the Kalevala, but the ENGLISH TRANSLATION is a shortened prose version.

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