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Celtic Myths and Legends

por Peter Berresford Ellis

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This is an enchantingly told collection of the stirring sagas of gods and goddesses, fabulous beasts, strange creatures, and such heroes as Cuchulain, Fingal, and King Arthur from the ancient Celtic world. Included are popular myths and legends from all six Celtic cultures of Western Europe#151;Irish, Scots, Manx, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Here for the modern reader are the rediscovered tales of cattle raids, tribal invasions, druids, duels, and doomed love that have been incorporated into, and sometimes distorted by, European mythology and even Christian figures. For example, there is the story of Lugh of the Long Hand, one of the greatest gods in the Celtic pantheon, who was later transformed into the faerie craftsman Lugh-Chromain, and finally demoted to the lowly Leprechaun. Celtic Myths and Legends also retells the story of the classic tragic love story of Tristan and Iseult (probably of Cornish origin#151;there was a real King Mark and a real Tristan in Cornwall) and the original tale of King Arthur, a Welsh leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons. In the hands of Peter Berresford Ellis, the myths sung by long-dead Celtic bards come alive to enchant the modern reader. "The casual reader will be best entertained by ... the legends themselves ...colored with plenty of swordplay, ... quests, shape-shiftings, and druidic sorcery."#151;Publishers Weekly… (mais)
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
This is a charming collection of stories and legends from Celtic Mythology. It says that this is good for children and bedtime stories, but I guess I would take that with a grain of salt, since it seems somewhat to be like the Grimm Fairy tale versions of stories. There is much head lopping to be had in this and stabbings.

On the other hand, this collection is pretty cool. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings, since the names are in a language that is foreign to me. The only difference is that Elvish and all those are made up while I am absolutely certain that there are people that speak Gaelic. Though I can't even say that, since Tolkien was a linguist, and did a moderately good job of developing Elvish and Dwarf languages. It has been a while since I read it though.

The myths are divided by the peoples that passed them down. So there are six major sections with a preface to start each one out. So there is Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany. Most of the stories are about legendary kings and great warriors.

The only problem with this book is that it took a while to get through. I kept getting sidetracked with stuff from the Library. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
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This is an enchantingly told collection of the stirring sagas of gods and goddesses, fabulous beasts, strange creatures, and such heroes as Cuchulain, Fingal, and King Arthur from the ancient Celtic world. Included are popular myths and legends from all six Celtic cultures of Western Europe#151;Irish, Scots, Manx, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Here for the modern reader are the rediscovered tales of cattle raids, tribal invasions, druids, duels, and doomed love that have been incorporated into, and sometimes distorted by, European mythology and even Christian figures. For example, there is the story of Lugh of the Long Hand, one of the greatest gods in the Celtic pantheon, who was later transformed into the faerie craftsman Lugh-Chromain, and finally demoted to the lowly Leprechaun. Celtic Myths and Legends also retells the story of the classic tragic love story of Tristan and Iseult (probably of Cornish origin#151;there was a real King Mark and a real Tristan in Cornwall) and the original tale of King Arthur, a Welsh leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons. In the hands of Peter Berresford Ellis, the myths sung by long-dead Celtic bards come alive to enchant the modern reader. "The casual reader will be best entertained by ... the legends themselves ...colored with plenty of swordplay, ... quests, shape-shiftings, and druidic sorcery."#151;Publishers Weekly

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