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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877)

Runeberg, Johan Ludvig (rö’nė-berG). A Swedish poet; born in Jakobsstad, Finland, Feb. 5, 1804; died at Borgå, May 6, 1877. Although his whole life was spent in his native country, he wrote in Swedish. The most celebrated of his writings is ‘Ensign Stål’s Tales’ (1848–60), a collection of ballads on the war between Sweden and Russia. Among his many poems, lyrics, and dramas are the idyls ‘Hanna’ (1836), and ‘Christmas Eve’ (1841); ‘The Elk-Hunter’ (1832), and ‘Nadeschda’ (1841), two tales in verse; and ‘The Kings at Salamis’ (1863), a tragedy in antique form. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).