Other literary forms

Although the international fame of Elias Lönnrot (LUHN-rawt) rests primarily on the compilation of Kalevala and his extensive contributions to collecting, editing, and popularizing Finnish folklore, he is also recognized as a prominent linguist and literary scholar who helped secure for the Finnish language and oral culture the status of a national language and culture. Lönnrot assembled a massive Finnish-Swedish dictionary. His contributions to the Finnish hymnal are equally copious. Interest in his field trips to eastern Finland and Russian Karelia and Ingria triggered numerous posthumous publications of his travel accounts, diaries, and letters.