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Druids, Gods and Heroes from Celtic Mythology (World Mythology Series) [Hardcover]

Anne Ross , Roger Garland
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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Eurobook (29 April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856540498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856540493
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume is a fine introduction to Celtic mythology, featuring fourteen chapters of stories. Most pages are illustrated with black and white illustrations by John Sibbit, paired with occasional two-page full colour spreads by Roger Garland. The double-column small type lends a textbook feel, as the book races through legend after legend, each tale punctuated by headers. The vibrant colour pictures depict scenes of beauty and terror such as the great battle of the giants of Morvah, Cath Palug the monster cat, Fionn's salmon of knowledge and the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian tales. The short pronunciation guide in the back of the book is a boon for readers unfamiliar with the unconventional appearance of Irish and Welsh spelling.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gods! 9 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Myths and legends of Celtic Mythology told as short stories without endless dragging out of events. If you are looking for something entertaining and factual, this is the book for you.
A nice varied set of tales beautifully illustrated which could easily be read cover to cover, or a quick five minutes on your tea break.
A treat for all Mythology Fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Kids and Beginners 23 Jun 2001
By Francine Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's good news to see this book back in print. Originally aimed at children, this book was written by an able, insightful archaeologist and folklorist. The content reflects the author's professional expertise, her gifts as a teacher, and the insights she has gained from living among Scottish bearers of tradition. If you are looking for a wonderful and accurate book to share with children, this beautifully illustrated volume is ideal. However, I also recommend it to those who are new to the subject because it combines tales and archaeological evidence in a delightfully informative way.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 19 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
I loved the artwork and the stories about the celtic myths. I was a little disappointed that there was so little information about the gods like Cernunnos, Epona, and others. But the book gave a very good explanation to why and I admire Anne Ross' as an author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celtic Mythology 101 8 May 2009
By Madigan McGillicuddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This volume is a fine introduction to Celtic mythology, featuring fourteen chapters of stories. Most pages are illustrated with black and white illustrations by John Sibbit, paired with occasional two-page full color spreads by Roger Garland. The double-column small type lends a textbook feel, as the book races through legend after legend, each tale punctuated by headers. The vibrant color pictures depict scenes of beauty and terror such as the great battle of the giants of Morvah, Cath Palug the monster cat, Fionn's salmon of knowledge and the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian tales. The short pronunciation guide in the back of the book is a boon for readers unfamiliar with the unconventional appearance of Irish and Welsh spelling. This book would be appropriate for middle-schoolers and up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've finished the prologue... now what? 29 April 2000
By Emma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Ross's "Druids, Gods and Heroes from Celtic Mythology" was the first book about the Celts I ever got my hands on, and it is one I keep going back to -however, in continous Celtic study, it is getting less and less value. As a first book, it is great. Ross offers a simple glance at the Celtic world, along with a few of its gods, but it is very shallow. The stories, which are beautifully illustrated, are in short versions, leaving out much of the detail (which in itself slightly kills the Celtic spirit). As a prologue for continued study, it works just nicely, but I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who's read a couple of books on Celtic mythology. As a camp-fire, story telling or general interest book, though, it is wonderful.
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