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Celtic Myths and Legends (Celtic, Irish) Paperback – November 1, 1990
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However i didn't give it 5 stars for some political reasons:
1) The author tries every once in a while to "prove" the arian lineage of the celts (it seems that his favorite image of the celts is one of tall, blonde people, when everybody knows that celts were in a rather wide range of height, hair and skin colors).
2) The author blames the druids for the decline in celtic civilization (he considers them more an anchor than the engine behind technological and geopolitical advancements).
3) His vision of the world is a Western vision, not a celtic vision. He speaks about the "menacing and horrifying world of supernatural and Nature" (i'm not sure if that's the correct phrase since i have the spanish translation), something that's opposed to the point of view within the legends.
However, if you can read the book "with a grain of salt", you'll find a treasure of knowledge, well balanced by the independent view of a great researcher.
Celtic Myths and Legends breaks the myths into eight chapters starting with Celts in Ancient History, Religion of the Celts and takes the reader on a trip through the Irish Invasion Myths, Early Milesian Kings, Ultonian Cycle, Ossianic Cycle, Voyage of Maeldun and Myths and Tales of the Cymry. There is a brief, but insightful explanation of the Arthurian Myths. The numerous black and white illustrations reveal the rich clothing and armor of the ancient Celts.
I have read many books on the Celtic myths and this one was the most helpful to me. I like the way the stories are broken up into shorter paragraphs with subtitles to make them easier to read and understand. There are dates given as to when these tales may have been written and when some of the legendary characters may have lived. The dates were really helpful to me and made it easier for me to understand the stories. It is interesting to see how the stories change as Christianity takes over. I think this is a great book for students and general readers who are interested in the Celtic myths.
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Fun to read, and informative. Nice illustrations. Recommend to my SCA friends, and history buffs.Published 17 months ago by Jean Jendras
thought there would be more information. Thought it be bigger and can help me learn more about the lost celtic culturePublished 22 months ago by vampire28
The stories aren't presented as is, it is all followed with his opinions so it is hard to know which is his opinion and which is the story itself.Published on January 31, 2014 by Rick Thomas
I first came across this classic work by TW Rolleston about ten years ago, when I was travelling through Ireland. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by James D. Charles
Celtic Myths and LegendsRolleston's book should be purchased for the seventy six illustrations alone. They are stunning.The break down of three family trees are quite informative. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Shari Schultz
This is a decent introduction and survey of Welsh and Irish myths and legends as well as a relatively underrated introduction to Celtic studies, religion, archaeology, etc. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by Christopher R. Travers
It is difficult to write a review of this piece, without being redundant, my apoligies if I am.
It is an excellent primer in Celtic mythology, and I'd recommend it to anyone... Read more
For the holed stone Dolmens I had to give it a high rating, but
for Celtic history is seems dated from an archaeological point of view. Read more