Perttunen, Arkhip

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Perttunen, Arkhip Ivanovich


Born 1769 in the village of Ladvozero, northern Karelia; died there circa 1841. Karelian folktale narrator.

The runes narrated by Perttunen and transcribed by E. Lönn-rot in 1834 formed the basis of the Kalevala epic. They are marked by great literary merit. Perttunen’s son Mikhail Ar-khipovich Perttunen (1815-99) and the latter’s grandniece Tat’-iana Alekseevna Perttunen (1881-1963) were also rune narrators.


Izbrannye runy Arkhipa Perttunena. [Translation and introductory article by V. Evseev.] Petrozavodsk, 1948.
Karel’skie epicheskie pesni. [Foreword by V. Evseev.] Moscow-Leningrad, 1950.
Arhippa Perttusen runot. Helsinki, 1965.


Lipkina, A. M. Runopevets Arkhip Perttunen. Petrozavodsk, 1969.
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