The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends

The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends

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Developed from an early oral storytelling tradition dating back to the dawn of European culture, this is one of the oldest and most vibrant of Europe's mythologies. From all six Celtic cultures - Irish, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and Breton - Peter Berresford Ellishas included popular myths and legends, as well as bringing to light exciting new tales which have been lying in manuscript form, untranslated and unknown to the modern general reader. The author brings not only his extensive knowledge of source material but also his acclaimed skills of storytelling to produce an original, enthralling and definitive collection of Celtic myths and legends - tales of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, magical weapons, fabulous beasts, and entities from the ancient Celtic more

Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 42mm | 419.99g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Robinson Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1841192481
  • 9781841192482
  • 7,835

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With fascination for all things mythical at a high thanks to authors Tolkien and Rowling, this is the perfect time to publish this wide-ranging collection of Celtic mythology. Suitable for everyone from children looking for a good story to specialist historians, it's an enormous volume including an amazing variety of tales. Son of an Irish writer and immersed in the land's traditions from birth, Ellis is now a renowned expert in the field of Celtic literature. In a useful and insightful introduction, he gives some background information about who the Celts were and the origins of their language and the tales they told. The book is then divided into the six regions from which the legends originate, each of which in turn contains six short stories. Each section also has its own introduction, telling the reader about the history of storytelling from that particular region and the sources from which the tales sprang. The stories themselves abound with such mythical creatures as leprechauns, mermaids and a whole host of Celtic gods and goddesses. Some are perfect for capturing the imaginations of a young audience whereas some contain sex and violence so parental guidance should be applied. The book concludes with an extensive list of suggested further reading, making this an ideal place to start if you are interested in Celtic mythology. As several stories are previously unpublished, it is also a valuable collection for readers already familiar with these rich traditions. (Kirkus UK)show more

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Good bedtime stories for all the family. -- Hilary Boyd The Daily Express Employs his skills as a storyteller, to ensure these tales remain fresh for another generation. -- Grania McFadden Belfast Telegraph This book brings to life the oldest legends of these isles, in a style that will entertain young and old. -- Robert Colbeck Yorkshire Evening Post This is an excellent introduction to the legends of all the Celtic traditions, treading a fine line between the accessible and the scholarly. -- Linda McKee Irish Newsshow more

About Peter Berresford Ellis

Peter Berresford Ellis is a foremost authority on the Celts and the author of many books in the field including, Celt and Greek (1997), Celt and Roman (1998) and The Ancient World of the Celts (1998). Under the pseudonym Peter Tremayne he is the author of the bestselling Sister Fidelma murder mysteries set in Ireland in the 7th more