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Irish Myths and Legends Hardcover – 28 May 1998

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions; New edition edition (28 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762402814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762402816
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was in a mist the Tuatha de Danaan, the people of the gods of Dana, or as some called them, the Men of Dea, came through the air and the high air to Ireland. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula Ward on 17 Mar 2013
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Many of the Myths and Legends can be hard to decipher and really get to grips with this book has helped me to understand what they are and how they were and are veiwed. I am using it as part of the Druidic course I am doing. Well worth getting I am very happy with it.
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Know what you are getting... 30 April 2002
By St. Amadeus - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In case your one of the 96% who never really looks at the "size" of a book when you order it, make sure you do for this one. It's only a pocket version of Lady Gregory's book, and, although the website does not tell you so, this is an ABRIGDED version.
Just know what you're getting.
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Decent translation, but "compiled" 31 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book and find that the first part is fairly accurate when I compare it with other translations of the stories about Finn and the Fianna. However, I read the notes section for the stories about Cuchulain and noticed that Lady Gregory states that she compiled these stories, while the book jacket states she translated them. Unfortunately she has used several different sources for one of my favorite tales (Deirdre and Naoise) and it makes me wonder how accurate her version of this tale is. She has some elements in the ending that I have found attributed to later versions of the tale (she uses the later version of Deirdre stabbing herself instead of her dashing her head on the rocks), but the fact that she admits in her notes to editing and compiling the tales as she sees fit makes me wonder what else she edited because she didn't like. Personally, I am searching for a translation that is more accurate when it comes to Irish tales, because I feel that the original meaning becomes muddled when tales are edited to match a person's taste.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Not the edition you're looking for 12 Oct 2005
By Labhrás Mac Muiris - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This edition offers only a small selection of Lady Gregory's _Gods and Fighting Men_, plus the book itself is about 2" by 4". In other words, this book is really a souvenir--not a text to be read. You probably want to get the full text of _Gods and Fighting Men_ instead.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Really Really Small 24 Jan 2009
By Benjamin T. Douglas - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was incredibly surprised and disappointed when I received this book in the mail. I had ordered it for my wife's birthday and couldn't believe how small it was. I wish I had had some warning. She finished reading it in about 10 minutes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a tiny little 1 inch book. 15 Jan 2008
By Topaz - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
FYI...this book is about an inch and a half square. This is like a keychain size book. You can't really tell that from the picture.
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