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Myths and Legends of the Celts (Penguin Reference) [Paperback]

James MacKillop
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1 Jun 2006 Penguin Reference

Myths and Legends of the Celts is a fascinating and wide-ranging introduction to the mythology of the peoples who inhabited the northwestern fringes of Europe - from Britain and the Isle of Man to Gaul and Brittany.

Drawing on recent historical and archaeological research, as well as literary and oral sources, the guide looks at the gods and goddesses of Celtic myth; at the nature of Celtic religion, with its rituals of sun and moon worship; and at the druids who served society as judges, diviners and philosophers. It also examines the many Celtic deities who were linked with animals and such natural phenomena as rivers and caves, or who later became associated with local Christian saints. And it explores in detail the rich variety of Celtic myths: from early legends of King Arthur to the stories of the Welsh Mabinogi, and from tales of heroes including Cúchulainn, Fionn mac Cumhaill and the warrior queen Medb to tales of shadowy otherworlds - the homes of spirits and fairies.

What emerges is a wonderfully diverse and fertile tradition of myth making that has captured the imagination of countless generations, introduced and explained here with compelling insight.



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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141017945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141017945
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.9 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr James MacKillop is an eminent scholar of Celtic history and culture, having been Visiting Fellow in Celtic Languages at Harvard University, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Visiting Professor at the Université de Rennes and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His many publications include the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (1998), Fionn mac Cumhaill (1986) and Irish Literature: A Reader (1987, 2005). He is based in Syracuse, New York.

Dr James MacKillop is an eminent scholar of Celtic history and culture, having been Visiting Fellow in Celtic Languages at Harvard University, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Visiting Professor at the Université de Rennes and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His many publications include the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (1998), Fionn mac Cumhaill (1986) and Irish Literature: A Reader (1987, 2005). He is based in Syracuse, New York.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Whilst I'd agree witht he other reviewer to a degree, this is actually a very good introduction to the mythology of the "pan-celtic" traditions. It does veer between the academic (though understandable by the non-academic and those who are new to the subject) and popularist. I think the author has done a wonderful job of distilling a very difficlt field to cover. If anyone wants a good true explanation of this area - and not some airy-headed new age nonsense that has no validity - then this is a book that will give them a very good grounding (and quite a deep understanding - much more than most people who claim to represent this subject)in the field. It may at times seem a bit hard going - but persist! It is only hard going as he is presenting the evidence from a variety of sources and trying to bring them together - and this is not an easy thing to do in this field. It will serve you well! And when you visit that next "celtic" site or read that next "celtic" saga - you will have a far better understanding of where it fits in to the whole!!

If anyone wanted me to suggest a book to them to understand this subject - there is no other book that would come to my mind first before this one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going 27 Feb 2010
By M. Lawton VINE VOICE
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James MacKillop has written a very scholarly work and if you are looking for an academic overview of Celtic myth and legend, this book is comprehensive and provides an informative commentary which covers most bases. You come away from it knowing most of the whos, whats, wheres and whens but I found it a bit of a slog. I'm hanging onto my copy as a reference work but I won't be reading it again for fun...ever.

The trouble is that the author is an academic not a story teller. He's very good at explaining context but his precis(s) of the myths and legends fail to inspire. Most stories when summarised are rather unappealing as they invariably revolve around violence, drinking, death, sex (often rape), more drinking and violence, followed by more death. You might think this sounds lively enough but believe me, it aint! It is rather tedious when you strip out the story teller's skills. The beauty, magic, drama, emotion, humanity and humour are lost and the story is rendered lifeless. It's like the Speaking Clock reading you a bedtime story - technically feasible but would you really want to hear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for studying earliest Celtic society 8 Oct 2013
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An outstanding, thorough exploration of the stories that defined early Celtic civilization. I used the text as background for a study of early Irish history (pre-medieval) and it proved exceptional. It discusses the Hill of Tara, the Book of Invasions, the Tain, and many other crucial narratives that give an insightful view about how the Celts conceived of their society and their world. It is especially helpful for conveying the tribal culture and the power of orality through figures like the brehons. Not just for the pre-modern Irish reader. Readers of Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, Joyce, and other modern Irish writers can appreciate the Celtic Literary Twilight and understand these texts better with knowledge of the venerable past that MacKillop addresses.
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