Johan Ludvig Runeberg,
5 February 1804 - 6 May 1877,
was a Finno-Swedish lyric and epic poet.
He is the national poet of Finland.
Runeberg Day (Runebergin päivä) is celebrated annually
on February 5, the day of Runeberg's birth.
The heroic poem Fänrik Ståls Sägner
(The Tales of Ensign Stål, Vänrikki Stoolin tarinat in Finnish)
written between 1848 and 1860 is considered the greatest Finnish epic poem
outside the native Kalevala tradition and contains tales of the Finnish War
of 1808–09 with Russia. In the war, Sweden ignominiously lost Finland,
which became a Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire.
The epic, which is composed episodically, emphasizes the common
humanity of all sides in the conflict, while principally lauding
the heroism of the Finns. The first poem Maamme
became the Finnish National Anthem.
Our literary afternoon gathering included reading:
Vänrikki Stoolin tarinat.
Kirsi's baking products, excellent!
This delicious Finnish dessert is a tall cylindrical pastry
that is soaked in Swedish punsch, rum or cognac flavored sugar syrup
and topped with a dollop of raspberry jam or apple marmalade,
lastly garnished with a ring of white or pink sugar icing.
The recipe for runebergintorttu was published for the first time
in 1850 in a book of homemaking advice and recipes
written by Mrs. Runeberg.
Read the recipe here:
According to legend, Runeberg enjoyed the torte
with punsch for every breakfast.
Wikipedia just knows everything.
Heute hatten wir einen wunderbaren, sonnigen Tag.
Also, auf Frühling dürfen wir warten dieses Jahr.