Celtic Myths and Legends
Celtic myths were born in the ancient rituals of the British Isles, a richly storied tapestry of heroes and giants, leprechauns and gnomes, warlocks and magicians, kings and princesses. This collection is an introduction to the world of Irish and Gaelic myth and legend. Charles Squire, a well-known author and scholar, meticulously uncovers the original stories that have been embedded for centuries in a labyrinth of folklore, history, and storytelling. He presents many of the intriguing tales that later gave rise to pageantry, romance, and high drama. Here are the original exploits of King Arthur of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Even the Knights' search for the Holy Grail is drawn from the Celtic Arthur's quest into Hades for a magic cauldron of inspiration, poetry, and fertility. This collection also reveals the lesser-known heroes, gods and mortals of Irish myth, including the charismatic Lugh--carpenter, warrior, harpist, poet, sorcerer, physician, and even inventive chess player--who so impressed the reigning gods that they offered him the throne; the sons of Tuiren, whose epic seven-year journey to avenge a murder foreshadowed the adventures of Ulysses; the beautiful maiden Emer and the heroic warrior Cuchulainn, whose passionate love inspired the chivalrous romances of medieval Europe; and the vulnerable King Lear and his daughter Cordelia, whose powerful bond was recreated in one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Just as the physical remains of Celtic legend still stand in such places as Stonehenge, so, too, do these early myths of Irish and Gaelic gods and heroes still live in modern literature. As Charles Squire Writes, "In the West of England, in Wales, Scotland, and especially in legend-haunted Ireland, the hills and dales still keep memories of the ancient gods of the ancient race." --Adapted from dust jacket.
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