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About the Author

About the Author:
Peter Berresford Ellis, an historian and novelist, is the author of several books on Celtic history and culture, including The Cornish Language and its Literature (1974) and Celtic Inheritance (1985).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (December 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786711078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786711079
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe the title will get you a little mixed up. This book is noit a deep, scholar-like study of myths and legends, it is an easy to read compilation of classics from early northern europe. From Irish to welsh, to celtic myths, the stories presented here are retold by the author in a modern way, and I feel no omition has been made, from a non scholar point of view.
I'm sure there are deeper and more intricate books about Celtic Mythology, but this one is a must for starters or fans alike.
Included are many, many tales about kings, castles, quests and magic, and the author remains true to the spirit of the time, and you'll be surprised to read the original telling of the classic Cinderella.
In all, a very good read, (More than 600 pages, dozens of tales) for kids or adults alike, and a good introduction to Celtic Mythology.
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I bought this book before i went on a trip to Europe , and i am so glad that i did. I had read a review some where that it was a great bed time story book as well for kids, and since i had my 6 year old with me on this little trip i decided it would be a great idea. Well it was a great book and all the stories were wonderful but not all stories are good for little kids.

The stories really drag you right in and make you feel like you are right there with these people. It is refreshing to have a books filled with stories that brings the magic back to life in this cold and empty life we all lead. A wonderful escape from the drab everyday stuff.

A good thing i thought is that the author seperates them by countries of origins and then gives you a little backround info on his sources and such before you move on to the stories of each section. I was upset that there was an end to the book , its one you wish would just keep going.

This is a wonderful edition to my collection and will be read more then once for sure.
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I have always been interested in the stories from Greek & Roman mythology, and am just now becoming more interested in "recovering my roots" and learning more about the mythology from my own Celtic background. This book was a great way to begin learning those stories. The stories are descriptive and well-written, and come from various regions - Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Cornwall . .

I did wish that a pronunciation guide of some sort had been included. Since I am not yet very familiar with the Gaelic or Welsh languages, I wasn't sure how some of the names would be pronounced, which made it a bit difficult at times to read. But that is a minor quibble. I highly recommend this book - to beginners in the area of Celtic myhthology, and to anyone who likes to read good stories.
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First, this book is not suitable for deep mythological studies. Usually here you need access to source material in the original languages. At least Ellis points you to that material if you want to go that route.

This book is a compilation of retellings of Celtic myths, legends, and folktales. The book is broken up by region and covers Ireland, Man, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany. I found his style enjoyable and easy to read but the structure of the Celtic style of storytelling is entirely left out. Those interested in this should look at his sources (which he discusses if not citing specifically).

The book makes good and light bedtime reading (perhaps what I call a light read might be different than others, but this is pretty light). The stories are generally suitable for reading to kids. It is a nice collection, but has very little value from a scholarly perspective.
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This book is an absolute gem. I suggest this book to anyone interested in the mythology of the Celts. I was particularly pleased to see myths from the Isle of Man and Cornwall included in the book. Many books on Celtic Mythology focus only on Ireland and Wales. This book is worth it's weight in gold.
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I'm constantly reading Celtic mythology and lore, and this book stands out as one of the best. There is lots of good background information included, along with a great collection of stories collected throughout Celtic lands. Though many of the names may sound awkward and unfamiliar to our modern ears, the writing flows like a living oral tradition. Whether you are looking for entertaining stories, a deeper understanding of the Celts and their culture, or keys to understanding ancient magical traditions, you will find what you are looking for here.
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By A Customer on May 19, 2003
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This book contains stories from almost every Celtic country; Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany. The author writes these tales like short stories, which is easier to understand than the original versions I'm sure. If you want to hear a veriety of stories from all over the Celtic world, then buy this book.
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I had a bit of a hard time deciding exactly where to place the review as the stories are rich in Celtic Mythology and the book was a joy to read. If you don't want to get bogged down with deep study of the rich Celtic Mythology, this book is one for you. It is resplendent with the time honored tradition of story telling and is easily readable by anyone with or without a deep understanding of the Celts.

That being said, I did give it a five star because it was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone, yet the editor should and needs to go back through and do a much better job. Certain stories I had to reread paragraphs to keep the story straight and punctuation was hacked about in certain areas. That is something I should have lowered the rating with, but can't do that because it is such a great book.

Michael Randolph
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