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Celtic Myths and Legends Paperback – December 23, 2002
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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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now I saw the page count on this book and I figured it would be a rather comprehensive overview of some traditional celtic mythology, and that is exactly what it was. In that respect the book was informative and entertaining, with just enough background history to allow just anyone old person (like me!) to get the general plot line of each myth and legend. However what i didn't expect upon purchasing this book is the density of this material. Many of the names of various characters were very similar or very long so it was often hard to keep track of who was who. Some kind of index with al the names would have been very helpful. Also, since I am not from Scotland nor have I ever been I was also very unfamiliar with the geography of where many of the legends took place.
So all in all I was very entertained by this book, and I also learned a lot about celtic mythology (which was my goal) but it was a struggle. I would not recommend this book for anyone other than readers who have a natural curiosity about the subject because you will definitely need it to get through parts of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book presents legends and mythic stories from the British Isles without much commentary or context beyond a very brief introduction at the beginning of each region's section. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E
Lots of fascinating myths and legends, from lots of different countries. Easily accessible language.Published 3 months ago by Chris
Son loves myths and legends and for me to find this Celt one, it was a big hit. He shared it with his friends who enjoyed it also.Published 5 months ago by Kim
I'm a neo pagan beginner. I wanted a book on Celtic mythology to help with my path and this book was not it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you love Celtic mythology, you should not look further than this book. Stories are classic, and most of them are not well known. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Heavy book but it stays interesting. Good read alouds to kids and adults alike.
If you like hero stories