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Meet the Gods, Heroes, Kings, Fairies, Monsters and Ghosts of Yore|
Celtic Lore & Legend
Author: Dr. Bob Curran
Publisher: New Page Books
Category: Mythology Level: All
The Celts have always been great storytellers. Across the years, Celtic imagination and belief has spawned a host of heroes, monsters, fairies, spirits and phantoms, all of which have coalesced into a colourful tapestry of lore and legend which has been transmitted from one generation to another. These tales have not only formed a core of Celtic tradition within the popular mind but have also had an impact upon the literature that a number of Celtic writers have produced. From the earliest legends, told around the fires of the Celtic warriors, through the fireside tales of the rural hearths to the written word of the polished scribe, these stories have a resonance and an immediacy that is hard to dismiss. They represent a vibrant and unbroken link to the Celtic past.
Celtic Lore and Legend includes three sections titles, Mythological Tales, Fireside Tales, and Fictional Tales. Mythological Tales is the first section, which looks at heroes and gods from Great Myth Cycles as well as some of the less well-known tales. Fireside Tales is the second section that includes tales of witches, ghosts, and fairies. Fictional Tales is the last section that covers how the ancient stories have influenced modern writers. For example, in the film Hellboy, the creator, Mike Mognola, uses Celtic folktale and myth in some of his work.
Celtic Lore and Legend contains out of print stories and text that reflect Celtic folklore including:
* Sections from the Myth cycles.
* Letters and notes of observations of rural belief- e.g. Sir Walter Scott’s Letters on Witchcraft and Demonology, Edmund Burt’s Burt’s Letters from the North of Scotland, Douglas Hyde’s Tales of Saints and Sinners, Lady Gregory’s Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland, Johannes Kohl’s Travels in County Clare, George W. MacLennan Seachas Annie Bhan’s Tales of Annie Bahn, among others.
* Fictional material directly from folklore including lesser known tales such as- Sir Walter Scott’s Wandering Willie’s Tale, James Hogg’s The Brownie of the Black Hags, Don Byrne’s A Tale of the Piper, etc.
Celtic Lore and Legend is both an examination and celebration of that tradition. It is one of the first attempts to trace the development of these stories from their earliest mythical roots, through the stores of the rural fireside to the writers of fiction who have used Celtic belief as a source for their own stories. And, this is the first anthology to seek out and record the traditions from many parts of the Western Celtic world – from Ireland, Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and Brittany and, going to early source material, some as early as the 17th century, it provides an anthology of legend and lore not normally available. It is therefore not only useful for its rich tapestry of Celtic legend, but also for comparative purposes in its wide overview of the unity and diversity of the Celtic tradition. This is presented, not in any dry, academic sense, but as a wonderful collection of tales, which are, above all, an extremely good read, just as the Celtic storytellers intended them to be. So turn the pages and read on to an unseen world that may be moving gradually further away from us as the days go by.
Author's Notes: Dr. Bob Curran was born in the North of Ireland in an area where such traditions were still valued and cherished. Fascinated by culture and legend, he has travelled widely, examining lore in many parts of the world. Educated at the University of Ulster, he now lives in Coleraine, County Londonderry with his wife and children, where he teaches history and writes a large number of books.
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