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Early Irish Myths and Sagas

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First written down in the eighth century AD, these early Irish stories depict a far older world - part myth, part legend and part history. Rich with magic and achingly beautiful, they speak of a land of heroic battles, intense love and warrior ideals, in which the otherworld is explored and men mingle freely with the gods. From the vivid adventures of the great Celtic hero Cu Chulaind, to the stunning 'Exile of the Sons of Uisliu' - a tale of treachery, honour and romance - these are masterpieces of passion and vitality, and form the foundation for the Irish literary tradition: a mythic legacy that was a powerful influence on the work of Yeats, Synge and Joyce.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 213g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • bibliography, index
  • 0140443975
  • 9780140443974
  • 12,244

Table of contents

Early Irish Myths and SagasIntroduction:
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
The Celts
The Irish
Irish Storytelling
The Irish Manuscripts
The Irish Material
This Translation
Bibliography
A Note on the Pronunciation of Irish Words and Names
A Note on Irish Geography
Map: Early Ireland
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
The Wooing of Etain
The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel
The Dream of Oengus
The Cattle Raid of Froech
The Labour Pains of the Ulaid and the Twins of Macha
The Birth of Cu Chulaind
The Boyhood Deeds of Cu Chulaind
The Death of Aife's Only Son
The Wasting Sickness of Cu Chulaind and the Only Jealousy of Emer
The Tale of Macc Da Tho's Pig
The Intoxication of the Ulaid
Bricriu's Feast
The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu


Notes
Index
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About Jeffrey Gantz

Jeffrey Gantz received a doctorial degree in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he works as a newspaper editor and journalist. He has also translated The Mabinogion for Penguin Classics.


Jeffrey Gantz received a doctorial degree in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he works as a newspaper editor and journalist. He has also translated The Mabinogion for Penguin Classics.
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