The Celtic Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends by Miranda Aldhouse-GreenFrom gods, heroes, and monsters to Druids, sorcerers, and talking animals, The Celtic Myths explores every aspect of Irish and Welsh myths in this appealing and authoritative guide. Besides vividly retelling the tales, Miranda Aldhouse-Green brings her expertise in the archaeology of the Iron Age and particularly shamanism to bear on the mythical world she describes, with evidence as diverse as the Gundestrup Cauldron and the famous bog bodies.
Starting with a discussion of how myths are transmitted and by whom, Aldhouse-Green continues with an account of Irish and Welsh myths, their key actors and motifs, and themes such as heroes, animals, women, environment, and the Otherworld. The book concludes with a look at the influence of monastic chroniclers on the tales, which they preserved and adapted.
Boxed features, quotes from primary texts and contemporary sources, two-color illustrations, photographs, and drawings all come together to create a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in Celtic history or the history of myth as well as anyone who simply loves a good story.
Irish Myths and Legends
A comprehensive dictionary of Irish mythology and legend based on Gods and Fighting Men by Lady Augusta Gregory, first published in - the characters, deities and places of Irish myth. This is the first part of three, A to C. Changes in the text, however, must be approved in advance by the author. Page number references are to the trade paperback edition published by the MacMillan Company of Canada Limited. As this is intended to be a concordance of the Irish mythological cycle only as opposed to heroic, legendary, or historical material , references are limited to Part I, Books I - V, of Lady Gregory's volume.
If you went to school in Ireland, have read any Irish fairy tales, or even visited any of the many ancient sites that are now tourist attractions around the country, you will by default know an awful lot about Irish mythology. The majority of Irish children will be able to tell you word for word of the tales of Tir na nOg, the Children of Lir, Cu Chulainn and Fionn MacCumhaill, and while they may seem like little more than fairy stories in that context, they are in fact important mythological tales that have been passed down for generations all the way back to the time of the ancient Celts. Irish mythology is fascinating, dramatic and full of war, romance, magic and mystery.
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Delve into some incredible stories on a mythical journey around the island of Ireland, from giant fights to little bearded men! I reland — a place of stories, of adventures, of heroes and battles. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet. Rooted to the land, these tales are filled with epic characters that send the imagination soaring. This deep hole topped by a large stone was once thought to be an opening to the otherworld.
The mythology of pre-Christian Ireland was preserved in a highly-conservative oral tradition. Though the Christian influence is also seen in these manuscripts, this literature represents the most extensive and best preserved of all the branches of Celtic mythology. Although many of the manuscripts have not survived and much more material was probably never committed to writing, there is enough remaining to enable the identification of distinct, if overlapping, cycles: the Mythological Cycle , the Ulster Cycle , the Fenian Cycle and the Historical Cycle. There are also a number of extant mythological texts that do not fit into any of the cycles, and many recorded folk tales that continued as the oral tradition ran parallel to the manuscript tradition which, while not strictly mythological, feature personages from one or more of these four cycles. Depending on the sources, the importance of gods and goddesses in Irish mythology varies.