Irish Folk and Fairy Tales

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Gordon Jarvie
Blackstaff Press, 1992 - Fiction - 253 pages
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Emerging from a people with an absolute belief in 'the little folk', the fairy tales of Ireland are part of one of the richest folk literatures in the world. Many of Ireland's finest writers, inspired by the work of folklorists like the Brothers Grimm, have created masterly retellings of the traditional stories of their own homeland. In this wonderful collection of stories by writers like Carleton, Yeats and Lady Wilde, a legion of fairy folk - giants, leprechauns, witches and mermaids - help, hinder, charm and terrify their mortal neighbours. Much-loved tales include the story of the farmer who offends the fairies by building on their dancing ground, the king who loses his wife in a chess game and the smith who learns his skill at working brass and iron during his seven-year apprenticeship to the giant Mahon MacMahon. The heroes and saints of the Celtic sagas are here as well, in beautifully written versions of the old bardic stories of Finn, Deirdre, Cuchulain and Brigid.

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Gordon Jarvie began his career as an English teacher, later working as a publisher and writer. His books include The Bloomsbury Grammar Guide (2nd edn 2007) and other language titles; Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales (2nd edn 2007); and The Scottish Reciter, which this collection replaces and updates. He has edited various other anthologies, and with his wife has written several Scottie Books for children. His most recent poetry pamphlet is The Tale of the Crail Whale. He lives in the East Neuk of Fife.

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