The Kalevala, a collection of ancient Finnish rhymes and lore published in 1835, is Finland's national epic and relates the myth of the heroes Väinämöinen, Lemminkäinen, and Ilmarinen. If the names sound a little Lord of the Rings-y, that's not a coincidence. Learn about "Kalevala and the World View of the Finns" from by Börje Vähämäki (University of Minnesota, University of Toronto), then celebrate your newfound knowledge with Finnish dancing by the Katrilli troupe, and Kalevala music by the Finnish Choral Society and Kalevala Trio. Before the lecture, there will be a reception with snacks and sahti (traditional beer brewed in a hollowed log). On Saturday, they also promise reading of the Kalevala presented by Seattle Storytelling Guild.