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The Story of Kullervo

The Story of Kullervo is the title of J.R.R. Tolkien's reworking of one of the Kalevala stories.

In a 1914 letter to Edith Bratt, Tolkien mentions that he is "trying to turn one of the stories [from the Kalevala] — which is really a very great story and most tragic – into a short story".[1] Humphrey Carpenter notes that "'The Story of Kullervo', was never finished, but proved to be the germ of the story of Túrin Turambar in The Silmarillion".[2]

The manuscript remained unpublished for many years, but was published in 2010 in Tolkien Studies: Volume 7, edited and with a commentary by Verlyn Flieger.

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"The germ of my attempt to write legends of my own to fit my private languages was the tragic tale of the hapless Kullervo in the Finnish Kalevala. It remains a major matter in the legends of the First Age (which I hope to publish as The Silmarillion)"― J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 257

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 1, (dated October 1914)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Note 6 to Letter 1, (dated October 1914)