Early Irish Myths and Sagas
First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men... show more
First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the vivid adventures of the great Celtic hero Cu Chulaind, to the stunning Exile of the Sons of Uisliu' a tale of treachery, honour and romance these are masterpieces of passion and vitality, and form the foundation for the Irish literary tradition: a mythic legacy that was a powerful influence on the work of Yeats, Synge and Joyce.
Publish date: 2000-02-08
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Irish Literature
, Short Stories
This is a fun collection of Irish pagan Celtic tales translated from the original. Readers unfamiliar with this type of material will probably be struck by the lack of care for modern narrative rules. Those who have read similar tales elsewhere will be familiar with the differing conventions, such a...
This is a hard book to rate. The stories contained with in it are often poorly written and confused, but this is not really the translator's fault. Instead, what we have here are traditional myths and folktales that have been written down very poorly by people of no talent and indifferent commitme...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of tales from Irish Myths as put together by Jeffrey Gantz. I found the introductions really helpful, too.