Elias Lönnrot

Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry (1802-1884)

Elias Lönnrot (9 April 1802 – 19 March 1884) was a Finnish philologist. He collected traditional spoken poems and made a book of them. He made Finland's national epic, Kalevala.[1] This is a book of traditional folk stories and poems. He collected these during several journeys across Finland, Karelia, and parts of Russia and the Baltic countries.

Elias Lönnrot

Lönnrot, Mikael Agricola and Aleksis Kivi are regarded fathers of a national literature in Finnish.[2]

Lönnrot also the first book about plants in Finland, Flora Fennica (Finnish: Suomen Kasvisto) in 1860.

He was born and died in Sammatti, an old town in Uusimaa.


  1. Lönnrot, Elias (1802 - 1884) The National Biography of Finland
  2. Kivi, Aleksis (1834 - 1872) The National Biography of Finland

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